An excessive sweating problem can be treated with prescription products, which are usually available by prescription. These products contain antiperspirants that help reduce the body’s ability to sweat. The medication should be applied to both sides of the underarms or armpits, and rubbed in before dressing. Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as deodorants and antihistamines can also provide temporary relief from excessive sweating during hot weather. However, you may want to avoid these medications because they do not actually block your sweat glands and could cause long-term damage if used frequently enough.
What is Causing Excessive Sweating?
Excessive sweating can result from many different conditions such as: an overactive thyroid gland; a rare metabolic disorder called hyperhidrosis; certain types of cancer; liver disease or diabetes mellitus type 2; certain drugs such as steroids (given for medical reasons), diuretics (used to eliminate excess fluid), alpha adrenergic blockers (taken for high blood pressure); and beta-blockers taken for cardiac problems. An endocrine disorder is most often caused by abnormal function of the pituitary gland – typically due to lack of thyroid hormone, but sometimes due to other hormonal imbalances like low progesterone levels. For most people who experience excessive sweating it is difficult to determine whether there was a specific underlying cause or whether this condition simply manifested spontaneously once someone grew older.[4