Excessive sweating solutions: prescription vs over the counter

Understanding excessive sweating

First off, we all sweat. It’s the way our body cools us down. However, excessive sweating is when you feel constantly drenched – without the usual sweat triggers of heat, exercise or stress. Those who experience excessive sweating may find their hands become slippery enough to drop their phone or cutlery, for example, or their underarms feel constantly damp, no matter how much antiperspirant they use. Intrigued? Read on to find out more.

Dr Sweat is a go-to over the counter option for excessive sweating

What makes Dr Sweat work so well to reduce excessive sweating? Our extra effective formula and long-lasting protection against sweat is just the start. Here are more reasons to try it:

  • Dr Sweat pads contain 15% aluminum chloride – the highest percentage of this active ingredient permitted by the US FDA in an over the counter product
  • Of all aluminium actives used in over the counter antiperspirants, aluminum chloride is proven to form the most powerful barrier againt sweat – a stronger, deeper barrier compared to other aluminum compounds
  • It’s fragrance free so you can add your own body spray, deodorant or fragrance
  • A single application at night will keep you protected for up to 7 days

Medical options to help reduce excessive sweating

While Dr Sweat is one of the best over the counter antiperspirant for excessive sweating, there are multiple medical and prescription solutions. Here we showcase three, well known options.


Botox is an injectable protein that temporarily blocks the chemical responsible for ‘turning on’ the body’s sweat glands. FDA approved, it’s particularly good for underarms, hands and feet. The downside is that it needs to be injected into the skin and its effects are temporary – lasting between 4 and 12 months.

Iontophoresis procedure

An iontophoresis procedure is a long term, medical solution for hyperhidrosis. An iontophoresis procedure works like this: hands and feet are placed in shallow water and a device is used to pass a mild electrical current through the water for around 15-40 minutes. It’s not fully known how an iontophoresis procedure works to reduce sweat, but it’s thought that the current and minerals in the water act together to thicken the skin, helping block the flow of sweat. With repeated treatments, sweating is reduced. There aren’t any side effects, but dedication is key – regular top-up sessions are needed.

 Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS)

This procedure involves severing the nerve signals between the spinal column and sweat glands.  Since it’s quite a serious procedure, ETS is often used as a last resort to help solve hyperhidrosis. Sometimes post-procedure, your body will redirect these sweat signals (and sweat) to other parts of the body. This means you may end up sweating in new areas – including the back, legs, or even face. Even though ETS is a permanent solution for excessive sweating, compensatory sweating can be more annoying in the long run.


There are a multitude of ways to help manage the effects of excessive sweating – from Botox to over-the-counter options like Dr Sweat. The best solution for excessive sweating? It’s all about your personal choice. However, it’s always worth talking to your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about excessive sweating.

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