All About Hyperhidrosis

What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis (also referred to as HH) is defined as excessive sweating, which can affect any part of the body. “In fact, we see many patients in our practice with this condition.” It is a disorder of excessive sweating due to the over-stimulation of cholinergic receptors on eccrine (sweat) glands.

Hyperhidrosis is inappropriate sweating, so sweating while reading or watching TV, as opposed to appropriate sweating when we’re nervous or exercising.

For many patients, it can be embarrassing, frustrating, even debilitating and impairs social interactions. In fact, it has been shown to have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life, resulting in social and work impairment and emotional distress.

Where does it occur?

The most commonly affected areas are the armpits/underarms as well as the palms and the bottom of feet. Excessive sweating can also occur in other areas of the body as well.

Why do we sweat?

  • Sweating is important for our health, providing pheromones for sexual attraction, and thermoregulation so we don’t overheat in hot weather or with exercise, and so we can grip and grab better with our hands.
  • Hands & feet sweating, sometimes called “emotional” and can be due to stress or anxiety which is odor-free. 
  • The smell of sweat occurs when skin bacteria overgrow and feed on excess moisture, typically in the armpits and groin, but also the chest.

HH treatments

  • Topical antiperspirants are generally considered as first-line treatment for palmar (hands), plantar (feet) and axillary (underarms) Hyperhidrosis (HH) because of their ease of application, high efficacy and safety, and low cost. As a first-line treatment, if properly planned, topical therapy can eliminate the need for time-consuming or expensive therapies such as iontophoresis and Botox injections. Unfortunately, for some patients, topical antiperspirants only provide temporary, short-acting relief of sweating and tend to be most effective for mild or moderate cases of HH.
  • Aluminum chloride (main topical treatment ingredient) is thought to work by physically obstructing the pore of the sweat gland and/or by causing atrophy of the secretory cells. In Canada, the over-the-counter antiperspirant preparations contain a maximum concentration of aluminum chloride of 6.25%, 12%, 20–25%.

Drysol an over-the-counter clinical strength antiperspirant

  • Drysol™ – contains Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate, which is a unique maximum-strength topical antiperspirant. ACH has a 98% proven efficacy in controlling sweat and a 30% reduction in sweat volume.
  • Drysol™ 20% passed the HRIPD test and meets the criteria of The Canadian Dermatology Association’s Skin Health Program. The product does not contain specific ingredients that can cause irritation and negative reactions to the skin.

Drysol™ topical treatment is an effective choice to help your HH condition or excessive sweating.

“Drysol™ is readily available and affordable, with a long history of usage by dermatologists, and thus is the go-to starting treatment of hyperhidrosis.”

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