Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

Find a range of treatments for hyperhidrosis at NSMC.

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) provides comprehensive treatments for hyperhidrosis. Patients with hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating usually in the armpits, palms, groin and/or soles of the feet. Hyperhidrosis causes patients significant functional impairment and social distress. In some cases it can be symptomatic of more serious medical issues, including thyroid problems, nervous system disorders, low blood sugar, and more.

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.

Treatments for hyperhidrosis available through NSMC.

Treatments for hyperhidrosis at NSMC may include:
  • Hyperhidrosis surgery, such as a thoracoscopic sympathectomy, where sympathetic nerve pathways that lead to the sweat glands are surgically interrupted. 
  • Topical treatments for hyperhidrosis, including prescription-strength antiperspirants and topical cholinergic agents.
  • Medications taken orally, including anticholinergic drugs designed to block certain neurotransmitters in the central and peripheral nervous system.

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