Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition described as sweating beyond what is necessary to cool the body. It is believed to be a genetic a problem that leads to difficulty in the regulation of sweat output; some affected produce up to four times the average volume of sweat. In half of reported cases, this affects the hands, feet, groin, face, and underarms. According to a study performed by Dee Anna Glaser, M.D., professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University, an estimated 7.8 million people in the United States suffer from hyperhidrosis. That’s a lot. Other interesting facts from the study were that the prevalence was significantly higher among people between 25 and 64 years old (working-age population) and that females are far more likely to discuss their condition with a health care professional. You go ladies! Some things that help:
1 ANTIPERSPIRANT:This staple is made primarily of aluminum salts which “block” the glands so sweat cannot come out. There are stronger, clinical versions available over the counter. Try Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, which goes beyond odor and wetness protection to provide softer, smoother underarms just days after you add it to your regimen.(WARNING:This option is not advisable because research as shown the harmful effects and link of aluminium salts compounds to breast cancer)
2 IONTOPHORESIS: Here, you sit with your hands, feet, or both in a shallow tray of water for about 20 to 30 minutes, while a low electrical current travels through the water. It’s not clear exactly how this treatment works, but it’s thought to block sweat from getting to your skin’s surface. This is usually repeated three times per week until the desired results are achieved. Once satisfactory dryness has been reached, patients are switched to a maintenance schedule of once per week. The good news? This can be done at home.
3 BOTOX: Botox is FDA-approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms. That being said, many use it on the palms and soles as well. Botox prevents the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate. You may need to have several injections in any given area, but it’s worth it because the results can last for almost 6 months.
4 ORAL MEDICATIONS: A class of medications called anticholinergics stops the activation of sweat glands altogether. They can be very effective, but side effects such as disturbances in vision, heart palpitations, and urinary retention may be limiting. If tolerated, this is an extremely helpful solution.
5 MIRADRY: MiraDry was cleared by the FDA in January 2011 to treat excessive underarm sweating. MiraDry is a noninvasive, hand-held device that delivers precisely controlled electromagnetic energy to the skin in the specific location of sweat glands. This results in their destruction by heat, in a process called thermolysis. Overlying skin is cooled and protected. As a side note, in 2015 miraDry was also FDA-cleared to permanently eliminate underarm hair of all colors as well. The makings of a perfect pit.
6 SURGERY:This is a last resort for folks who have not had luck with the other options. There are two options here. 1. Cutting or suctioning out the sweat glands; and 2. Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), where the surgeon makes small incisions to cut the nerves in the underarm that activate the sweat glands.
7 ALOE EVER-SHIELD DEODORANT:
This stick provides effective, all-day protection against underarm odor and can be applied directly after showering or waxing without stinging.
Aloe Ever-Shield glides on smoothly, does not stain clothes, and maximizes the deodorant properties of aloe vera while eliminating ingredients that could be harmful.
- Rich in texture
- Contains no aluminum salts
- Does not stain clothes
- Can be used directly after shaving or waxing
When the temperature is rising and the pressure is on, it’s a real confidence-booster to maintain that fresh feeling from the start of the day. Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick provides effective, all-day protection against underarm odor and can be applied directly after showering or waxing without stinging. Aloe Ever-Shield glides on smoothly, does not stain clothes, and maximizes the deodorant properties of aloe vera while eliminating ingredients that could be harmful.
Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick contains no harsh aluminum salts.