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Hyperhidrosis is a disease characterized by excessive sweating, which can become a burden to patients, interfering with daily social and proffesional activities, as well as inducing a sense of shame and low self-esteem. It can be primary (idiopathic) or secondary to an underlying disease, and it can be generalized, involving the entire area of the body, or focal, restricted to certain anatomic regions, most often axillary, palmar or plantar. Patients rarely seek medical attention for this affliction due in part to the fact that they are sometimes unaware that the condition is treatable. There are various therapeutic options available for hyperhidrosis, conventional as well as novel therapies, which present a varying degree of success. This article strives to present treatment options available for hyperhidrosis and assess their efficiency according to various studies from medical literature.