Temporary Solutions

Temporary solutions for primary focal excessive sweating are those solutions that stop or reduce sweat for a certain period of time and need to be re-applied or taken once and then (daily, weekly, monthly, every six months etc.). If you are looking for a real temporary solution for excessive sweating, these are some of the best products to try.

Medical experts advise that, the first attempt t treat excessive sweating should be antiperspirants.

1. Antiperspirants

Antiperspirants are products applied to the skin to reduce sweat.

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  • Antiperspirant treatment does not involve cutting your body or putting instruments inside it (non-invasive)
  • They are applied on top of your skin (topical)
  • They are available in a number of different strengths  such as i) regular – over-the-counter products, ii) clinical strength- over-the-counter products, and iii) prescription antiperspirants

It is recommended that you start with the least vigorous antiperspirant in this order, going from the regular over-the-counter products, and if they do not work to your satisfaction, try the stronger clinical strength formulations and then prescription antiperspirants.

Application area
  • Underarms
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Face and head
How do antiperspirants reduce or stop sweating?

Naturally, sweat is pushed out of our pores by pressure created by charged particles, called ions, which want to move and join with particles of the opposite charge. However, by applying aluminum salts to the armpits, your body instead draws ions from the antiperspirant into the pores, where they form plugs, which block the flow of water to the skin, thereby preventing sweating.

Antiperspirants effectiveness depends on their strength, from those that last for hours, days and a week.

How to apply antiperspirants 

It is very important to apply antiperspirants in the correct way, otherwise, it will not work effectively.

  • Apply antiperspirant at night just before bedtime
  • Apply antiperspirant to a clean and dry skin to avoid skin irritation
  • Follow the product instructions

Visit the antiperspirants product reviews page for detailed product reviews.

Possible side effects
  • Skin irritation with some brands
  • Burning sensation
  • Extra dryness of skin

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2. Botox injection

Botox is a medicinal drug used in treating problems affecting certain body muscles. It is commonly used in the cosmetic world for reducing wrinkles and it has recently been successfully used to treat excessive sweating. The drug is produced from a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin.

Botox is also known as onabotulinumtoxinA.

If antiperspirants are not able to stop all that unwanted sweat, the next step in finding a solution should be Botox injection. Botox was approved for treating hyperhidrosis by the FDA in 2004.

Botox is commonly used by celebrities because of its ability to smooth wrinkles, but it can also stop your sweat. It has the ability to paralyze our muscles and thus it can also be Temporary Solutions for Excessive Sweating: botoxeffectively used to control excessive sweating.

Botox injection treatment has to be performed by an experienced medical professional who has received training on how to perform the procedure.

Application area
  • Underarms
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Face and head

But research has shown that Botox is most effective for underarms and palms.

How does Botox reduce or stop sweating?

The procedure is performed by injecting Botox into your affected area (eg. underarms). Botox affects signal between the nerve endings and the sweat glands. It blocks the communication between the nerve cells and disrupts the message sent from the nerve endings to stimulate the production of sweat.

When the procedure is performed correctly, the sweat glands are paralyzed and can’t perspire for a limited period of time of up to 6 months or longer.

To find the nearest physician who is familiar with the treatment procedures, use the Physician Finder by the International Hyperhidrosis Society and search for those who have the notation ‘IHHS-Educated’.

Possible side effects
  • Bruising and soreness
  • Weakening injected hands
  • Pain during the first few weeks post injection especially for feet
  • Minor headaches for few hours
  • Burning sensation
  • Extra dry skin


3. Oral medications

Oral medication i.e. pills or liquid taken by mouth is another temporary alternative that is used to treat specific types of excessive sweating. This medication is best used to treat secondary generalized excessive sweating and as the next step for those that did not have success with other clinical strength antiperspirants and Botox.

Commonly used oral medications are anticholinergics i.e. glycopyrrolate, propantheline and others. Besides anticholinergics, beta blockers (propranolol) and benzodiazepines have also

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demonstrated the ability to successfully treat patients with specific types of hyperhidrosis, such as anxiety or and stress related.

It is recommended to first try mild treatments of excessive sweating such as antiperspirants and Botox injections before oral medications. Oral medications are known to have a lot of side effects and should be the last resort for treating excessive sweating.

Oral medications need a prescription by a certified health care provider or a doctor.

Application area
  • Underarms
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Face and head
How does oral medication work?

Oral medication prevents the stimulation of sweat glands when taken and thus reducing overall sweating.

For example, Beta blockers and benzodiazepines block the physical proofs that cause sweating, while anticholinergics drugs are meant to prevent the stimulation of sweat glands in your body.

Robinul, a glycopyrrolate for instance, is usually taken 2 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor. The dosage will depend on your individual condition. Medical experts, however, advise adults, not to take more than 8 milligrams of glycopyrrolate per day. This therapy reduces or stops sweat production only when you take your medications daily.

Possible side effects
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Heart palpitations ( too hard or too fast or skipping a beat)
  • Change in taste
  • Urinary retention

To find the nearest health care provider who is familiar with oral medication treatment, use the Physician Finder by the International Hyperhidrosis Society.


4. Iontophoresis

Iontophoresis is an effective and less risky method used in treating excessive sweating of the hands, i.e. Palmar hyperhidrosis, feet, i.e. plantar hyperhidrosis, and excessive underarms sweating (auxiliary hyperhidrosis).

A device sends electric currents to the affected area through tap water.  The electric current sent to the affected area blocks the sweat glands for a limited period time of time, keeping your hands, feet or armpit dry.

Iontophoresis treatments may require a doctor’s prescription. However, home operated devices that are FDA approved are now available in the market

Application area
  • Hands
  • Feet
  • Underarms
How does iontophoresis reduce or stop sweating?
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The set comes with an electrical device, trays for holding water, and pads for armpit, this will depend on your need.

This simple method involves filling plastic trays with water (tap water works 80% of the time). The trays filled with water are then connected to the electrical device. Set up the device according to the instruction manual.

  • Place your feet or hands in the water tray
  • A current will pass through the water and then through your skin
  • For armpits, place the pads in your underarms

The procedure takes 20-45 minutes to complete, depending on the brand and its specification.

Iontophoresis is a temporary procedure and needs to be repeated on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.

Here are some of the commonly referenced iontophoresis device brands in the market

Note: A battery operated device is recommended, devices that directly plug into the mains electricity supply are not recommended.

Possible side effects

It’s important to follow the instructions manual that comes with the product. Most side effects are results of improper use of products if any. The most common side effects are;

  • Dry skin
  • Skin blistering, peeling, and
  • Minor skin irritation

The above side effects could easily be remedied by applying moisturizer to the affected area.

You may not be able to undergo this treatment if you are pregnant, suffer from epilepsy, heart condition and or if you have artificial body parts.