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Is there a way to control excessive head sweating?

Is there a way to control excessive head sweating?

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Is there a way to control excessive head sweating?

HPRC's Answer

Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating, known as hyperhidrosis, often occurs in the hands, armpits, and feet. Less common, excessive head sweating that occurs for no specific known reason is known as “idiopathic cephalic hyperhidrosis.” However, the head is one of the most effective areas of the body to release accumulated heat in order to maintain normal body temperature. Normal head sweating is a sign of an effective thermoregulation system.

Topical agents such as aluminum chloride/tetrachloride and glycopyrrolate (the latter not available in the U.S.) can be applied to hands, armpits, and feet. However, these may not be appropriate for use on the head. Another treatment that has been used for hyperhidrosis of the armpits and feet is botox, but again, we are not aware of its use to treat excessive head sweating. A dermatologist (or your physician) can guide you based on your symptoms and medical history and can assess your symptoms for possible causes, including potential underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and hyperthyroidism.

In your case, at least in the interim, headbands may be useful measure to absorb sweat.

We highly recommend that you schedule a visit to your physician or dermatologist to discuss these concerns. Be ready to discuss factors such as exercise, heat, and/or spicy food, all of which could exacerbate the condition. With this information, he or she will be better able to determine appropriate treatment options.