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Embarrassing Underarm Sweating: Ways to Help

By DuPage Medical Group Dermatology & Plastic Surgery

Many people have a very common medical condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. Severe underarm sweating involves overactive sweat glands that normally regulate body temperature. In primary axillary hyperhidrosis, the sweating exceeds what the body needs for cooling.

For those affected with this condition, it can have devastating psychological and emotional effects as the individual tries to modify their lifestyle to cope. Clothes are changed frequently, certain fabrics and fabric colors are avoided, and new clothing must be purchased more often. Wardrobe choices are limited as some fabrics and colors reveal the condition as opposed to hiding it. It can be disabling in one’s professional and social life, and may lead to constant embarrassment. 

Prescription anti-perspirants such as Drysol are sometimes effective; however, they may also cause severe skin irritation. Drysol is applied to the affected area at night and left on for 6 hours while the patient sleeps.  It is then washed off in the morning.  Initial success rates are usually good but less satisfactory in the long-term.

Botox is a medication that works well for hyperhidrosis. It temporarily blocks the signal that stimulates sweat production.  A decrease in sweating is noted after the injections. The injections may typically need to be repeated approximately every 6 months.  

For a more permanant solution, there is a procedure called miraDry® which uses clinically proven technology to non-invasively eliminate sweat glands in the underarm. Since the glands don’t regenerate, results are immediate and lasting. To learn more about miraDry® click here.

Don’t hide or become dependent on certain fabrics and colors to conceal your excessive sweating. Talk to a dermatologist today, and take back control.

Topics and Subtopics: Skin Health

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