Treatment for Hyperhidrosis
Get treatment for hyperhidrosis at NSMC.
Patients living north of Boston find excellent options for treatment for hyperhidrosis at North Shore Medical Center (NSMC).
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.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, usually occurs in the armpits, palms, groin, or soles of the feet. While it is frequently a benign condition, it can also be symptomatic of more serious medical conditions, including thyroid problems, low blood sugar, nervous system disorders and other medical issues. Patients experiencing excessive sweating are encouraged to get a diagnosis and learn options for hyperhidrosis treatment.
Appropriate treatment for hyperhidrosis depends on a number of factors.
- The age, overall health and medical history of the patient
- The cause of hyperhidrosis
- Tolerance to specific medications, therapies or procedures
- Expectations for the duration the condition
- Severity of the condition
- Preference of the patient
Options for treatment for hyperhidrosis through NSMC.
Surgery: There are several kinds of hyperhidrosis surgery, including thoracoscopic sympathectomy which involves a surgical interruption of the sympathetic nerve pathways that lead to the sweat pants; a lumbar sympathectomy to relieve excessive sweating on the soles of the feet; and a procedure to remove or destroy the sweat glands entirely.
Topical treatments: Prescription-strength antiperspirants, methenamine solutions, and extra-strength aluminum chloride applications.
Non-surgical treatment: Botox injections that block control of the sweat glands by the nervous system and iontophoresis, a treatment for hyperhidrosis that involves passing a low electrical current through the affected area to clog the sweat glands and limit the amount of sweat that can be released.
Find a physician performing treatment for hyperhidrosis.
Patients seeking treatment for hyperhidrosis are encouraged to consult first with their primary care doctor.