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A physician will probably prescribe an antiperspirant or over-the-counter medication that contains aluminum chloride, which is used in deodorants. Aluminum chloride also causes skin irritation (contact dermatitis) and can be absorbed through the skin. Some physicians may recommend surgical removal of the sweat glands, but this procedure is not recommended for people under age 40 because it can result in chronic hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), which might require long-term treatment with oral antiperspirants twice daily instead of once weekly. Complications from surgery include infection and damage to nerves located near the area where fat cells are removed; these nerve endings can cause permanent changes to hand sensation if they are severed during surgery.