Never Let Them See You Sweat!
September 1st, 2016
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How many times have you felt the embarrassment of pizza pits? Look down; are you letting the world see you sweat? We all have been there. But for some of us, the struggle is daily. The stubborn stains on our clothing seem determined to be a permanent mark of insecurity, but don’t sweat it! A large percentage of the population in the United States is right there with you. We know just how frustrating it can be, especially when you are trying to make an impression. So unless the impression you want to make is a sorely memorable one, we suggest you get a whiff of this!
We’re here to inspire you to find out why you perspire. Medically, this is known as axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive and bothersome sweating) and bromhidrosis (excessive underarm odor). The mere thought of these issues is starting to make us sweat!
Relax… We have you covered! Here are the serious answers to your seriously frustrating problem.
What treatments are available for excessive and bothersome sweating?
There are numerous options for treating excessive and bothersome underarm sweating. They include topical medications, oral medication, locally injected medications, surgery, and the new FDA cleared device called the miraDry. There are advantages and disadvantages of each method. Your provider can help you determine which is best suited for you.
But isn’t sweating important?
Sweat glands in the underarm area comprise only 2 percent of all sweat glands. So the body is still able to regulate the body’s temperature without issue.
What if I am not diagnosed with excessive sweating?
You do not have to be diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) to seek treatment. People who live in very hot, humid climates and sweat profusely often seek treatment. Many people simply want the freedom of not having sweat stains or to wear deodorant/ antiperspirant.
Explain the treatment with topical antiperspirants or pills.
All these topical medications have limited effectiveness and limited prolonged use. Side effects such as skin staining, sensitivity, and skin irritation often occur. Prescription-strength antiperspirants may be poorly tolerated because the skin must be completely dry when applying or discomfort such as burning of the skin can occur. Another issue with topical prescription antiperspirants is hyperpigmentation or a darkening of the skin occurs. Fortunately, the hyperpigmentation goes away once the antiperspirant is discontinued.
Oral medications block sweat production via chemicals in the body that affect sweat glands. These medications can result in significant side effects, such as dry mouth, dilated pupils, loss of visual accommodation, bowel and bladder dysfunction, overheating, and a fast heart rate. Many find the side effects of the treatment worse than the excessive or bothersome sweating. Which is why we recommend other forms of treatment.
What are my best options to combat excessive underarm sweating?
A permanent solution provides the freedom to stop worrying and start living. miraDry® would be the first recommendation for a long-term solution for hyperhidrosis and bothersome sweating. People report that confidence is one of the biggest benefits they experience after treatment with miraDry. Patients excluded from miraDry® treatment are those with heart pacemakers and other electronic device implants, patients needing supplemental oxygen, and patients with known resistance to or history of intolerance of local anesthesia. Botox® or Xeomin® would be the next long-term treatment recommendation which are relatively painless.
So what exactly is miraDry?
miraDry is a minimally invasive treatment device that is FDA approved as a permanent solution for excessive underarm and bothersome sweating and excessive body odor. This device permanently rids the underarm sweat and odor glands.
The treatment involves three simple steps:
1) Placing temporary markings on the skin
2) Administering local anesthesia
3) Treating each underarm using the miraDry® system.
Using microwave technology, miraDry is a permanent solution with no long-term side effects. Only a small percentage of patients may need a second treatment.
What are the treatment options for sweating in other parts of the body such as the face, hands, feet, and groin area?
Botox or Xeomin® treatments are the best long-term solution. It typically lasts six to eight months, but does need to be repeated. Unfortunately, miraDry® cannot be used on the hands or the feet due to the proximity of nerves. One advantage of choosing a Medical Spa, such as You Only Younger, to treat this condition is the provider will consider all the cosmetic ramifications of the treatment.
Where can I seek treatment for excessive sweating?
In the Houston area, You Only Younger is happy to take care of anyone with this issue. For those not in the 200-mile radius of Houston, Texas; go to www.miraDry.com and search for a certified provider listed on the miraDry® site.