Dr Oz: Hyperhidrosis Causes Excessive Sweating & Treatments

Dr Oz: Hyperhidrosis Treatments

Dr Oz’s show called “The Questions You Are Too Embarrassed To Ask” covered questions that many of us have but that we are too embarrassed to talk about, such as Hyperhidrosis which causes excessive sweating.  A lady told Doctor Oz that around a year ago, she started to sweat excessively out of her left armpit.  She said that this mainly happens during the day, like when she is at work or with her friends, but she hates the sweat and the smell that comes with it.

Dr Oz: Sweat Glands

Doctor Oz said that if you are mainly experiencing Excessive Sweating during the daytime, it is probably Hyperhidrosis.  If it happens at night, then Dr Oz HyperhidrosisNight Sweats could be a sign of something much more serious like a Hyper Thyroid or a Lymphoma.  Sweat Glands secrete sweat in order to cool down the body.  97% of people sweat normally, but about 3% of people have Hyperhidrosis and can generate up to 10 liters of sweat a day.  Dr Oz said that less than 40% of people with Hyperhidrosis  actually seek medical attention.

Dr Oz: Hyperhidrosis Surgery

Dr Oz said that if you have Hyperhidrosis, you should not be embarrassed to talk to your doctor about it!  You can try Extra Strength or Clinical Strength Antiperspirants.  You can look for antiperspirants with higher percentages of Aluminum Chloride, which is what stops the sweat in your armpits.  You can find Antiperspirants Over-The-Counter with Aluminum Chloride of up to 19%, but if that does not work, then your doctor can give you a prescription that has even twice that amount.  Another option is to get Botox Injections to stop the sweating, which is often done for people who have very sweaty palms.  Or you can even have a minimally invasive procedure where your doctor snips the nerves that go to your hands so that you do not get sweaty hands.  All of these options should be discussed with your doctor, which is why we cannot be too embarrassed to discuss Hyperhidrosis with our doctors!


  1. Cheryl Curran says

    Thank you for doing a segment on Hyperhidrosis….I was diagnosed with Dishydrosis of fingers several months ago, which involves blisters under skin around nail bed. Even with the steroid cream “Triamcycolone” in use, it has been a vicious cycle to get rid of it. I’m tired of the cream due to the itchy rash evident on the back of my hands. I have cut back to it’s use once a day. Can you recommend a more natural alternative, or use of herbal products? I’ve been to a physician & dermatologist with a little relief…..in fact, gone from 1 nail to now 3 nails and counting. Thank you for any suggestions.

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