The diagnosis and treatment of excessive sweating depends on the type of hyperhidrosis and the area affected. Most patients with generalized idiopathic hyperhidrosis (which affects large areas of the body) can be treated with oral medications. Those with secondary generalized hyperhidrosis (caused by a medical condition) should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
There are a number of treatment methods used to treat primary focal hyperhidrosis, which occurs on specific areas of the body, including the hands, feet, armpits, and face. Many patients should try conservative therapies (medications or topical agents) first before considering surgery. Your doctor will determine what is the best treatment method for you based on the type of hyperhidrosis you suffer from, your age, and your general medical condition. Some of these methods are covered by health insurance plans, some are not. We advise that you check with your individual policy and/or carrier to understand what benefits you are entitled to receive.