hyperhydrosis & aluminium chloride

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 12, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Okay, I have a dilemma here that I'd like the hackers' collective thoughts on. I have fairly problematic sweaty feet, for which there are no real convenient treatments. It's severe enough that I can't do as many "natural" things as I'd like to (like run around barefoot, or even in flipflops). The problem is that the currently treatment options are suboptimal at best. Other than surgery (and I won't go into the gory details of endoscopic thoracic sympathectamy here) available treatments include: botox injections (expensive and hey its a nerve toxin), iontophoresis (electrical shocks, which I've tried with poor results) and industrial-strength aluminum chloride antiperspirant. The latter actually does work for me, but I feel that continually dosing myself with a suspected endocrine disrupter is probably not a good thing to keep doing in the long run. Since I've made an effort to eliminate most of the other easily-eliminated toxins in my life, this is kind of troubling me.

Any thoughts, words of wisdom, sweaty-footed-caveman jokes?



on June 13, 2011
at 01:38 AM

With the chloride, wouldn't you just end up with compensatory sweating somewhere else? I, too, have had hyperhydrosis for my entire 31 years. Sucks. Nothing has ever helped it. I did enjoy hearing Wolf on a recent podcast mention it, though. It was the first time I ever heard of a possible relation with Graves disease. Not sure how much I believe it, though.

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on June 12, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I had a similar problem when I was a teen. I used the aluminum chloride solution for a couple years and then stopped using it. Somehow, I was fixed and no longer had the problem. I'm not sure if the solution eventually normalized the sweat glands, or if my body had spontaneously changed, but I'd repeat it the same way. It's the least invasive of your options.

Otherwise, you could try looking into Chinese medicine things that promote "cooling" but who knows if that'll work. Might be worth a shot.

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