Hyperhidrosis Treatment

Hyperhidrosis treatment at North Shore Medical Center.

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, usually occurs in the armpits, groin area, palms, or soles of the feet. Hyperhidrosis is normal when a person is nervous or experiencing a fever, but some people experience continual or chronic hyperhidrosis that requires medical treatment.

Hyperhidrosis is usually benign (although socially distressing). It may, however, signal the presence of a more serious medical condition. Hyperhidrosis can be related to nervous system disorders, low blood sugar, thyroid problems, and other medical issues. Patients experiencing hyperhidrosis should always consult with a doctor for diagnosis and potential treatment.

Thoracic surgeon James S. Allan, MD, is an expert in the treatment for hyperhidrosis. He holds joint appointments at NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital. North Shore patients of Dr. Allan may receive treatment close to home at his Salem campus office, or they may choose to see him in Boston. His Salem number is 978.745.1581.

Types of hyperhidrosis treatment at NSMC.

Treatments for hyperhidrosis include topical, oral, surgical and non-surgical procedures, such as:
  • Prescriptions for strong antiperspirants to be applied at night. 
  • Application of a methenamine solution to the area to reduce heavy sweating.
  • Aluminum chloride applications at night to help control sweating. Aluminum chloride is the active ingredient in regular antiperspirants, but patients suffering from Hyperhidrosis often need a much higher concentration for effective treatment.
  • Thoracoscopic sympathectomy, a surgical treatment in which part of the sympathetic nerve Trompe in the thoracic region is destroyed. Hyperhidrosis surgery interrupts the sympathetic nerve pathways that lead to the sweat glands, reducing the amount of sweat they produce.
  • Tap water iontophoresis, where a weak electrical current is applied to the area via immersion in water.
  • Psychological counseling and/or medications to reduce anxiety that may lead to hyperhidrosis.

Find a physician for hyperhidrosis treatment online.

Patients may seek hyperhidrosis treatment through their primary care physician, or by contacting Dr. Allan at 978.745.1581.

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