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How do you stop profuse sweating?

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Antiperspirants, iontophoresis, botulinum toxin injections, anticholinergic drugs and surgery stops profuse sweating, according to WebMD. Avoiding heavy clothing, bathing with antibacterial soap and reducing spicy food and alcohol intake are home remedies that reduce sweating.

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Using an over-the-counter or prescription antiperspirant is the easiest way to deal with heavy sweating, notes WebMD. Applying antiperspirant to the underarms and other areas that sweat, such as the feet and hands, in the morning and night reduces sweating. Iontophoresis involves placing the hands and feet in shallow water that contains an electrical current for 20 to 30 minutes. This procedure blocks sweat from rising to the skin surface after several treatments but is not recommended for pregnant women and those with metal implants or pacemakers.

Botulinum toxin injections in the underarms, hands and feet prevent sweat glands from activating, and a prescription anticholinergic drug also prevents the activation of sweat glands if other treatments are ineffective, explains WebMD. Surgery is the last resort for excessive sweating; a surgeon may scrape, cut or suction out sweat glands or make incisions in the nerves that trigger sweat glands. The alteration of these nerves is irreversible, and an increase of sweating in the chest or face after the procedure is common.

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