November 6, 2015
Although sweating is the body’s way of keeping cool, pit stains can leave you looking and feeling unkempt and unsanitary. While you may just be a little extra sweaty naturally, your soaked shirts may also be due to a condition known as underarm (axillary) hyperhidrosis.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating in one or more parts of the body. It is caused by a hyperactivity of the nerves that signal the body to sweat in order to cool it down (thermoregulation).
Whether you just sweat a little more than you’d like or are living with underarm hyperhidrosis, below are some treatments to keep your embarrassing excessive underarm sweat at bay.
What Are the Treatment Options for Hyperhidrosis?
- Electromagnetic Energy miraDry®is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment for dramatically reducing excessive underarm sweat. It is also approved to decrease the presence of hair by 70 percent or more.* By harnessing the power of precisely controlled electromagnetic energy, miraDry effectively targets the glands under the skin of the underarms that cause sweat and odor. miraDry is performed in the comfort of your physician’s office and has immediate and long lasting results.
- Injections No longer just for keeping wrinkles away, Botox® injections are given just below the skin’s surface in the underarm in a grid pattern. However, routine follow-up visits are required to maintain the dryness the injections provide as the results only last for a few months.
- Medications Medications are a convenient way to stop excessive sweating, but are only genuinely designed for those living with severe underarm hyperhidrosis. In addition, the effects of oral medications may only be short-term, and cause other side-effects.
- Antiperspirants Categorized as the first line of treatment for excessive sweating due to its non-invasive nature, physicians can prescribe topical medications such as lotions and antiperspirants for excessive sweating of the underarms.When these topical medications are applied, they create superficial plugs in the pores of the skin causing the body to sense that a duct is clogged and triggering a feedback mechanism that stops the flow of sweat from the duct.With antiperspirants, there may be a lot of trial-and-error testing to determine which one works best with limited success.
What’s the Best Option for You?
Though there are a variety of solutions available to combat excessive underarm sweat, the majority of treatments only have short-term effects. By deactivating underarm glands that cause sweat and odor, miraDry is the most effective non-invasive procedure that keeps your underarms sweat-free, and fresh.
Speak to your physician to determine what treatment will suit your individual needs.
About the Hyperhidrosis Center at Thoracic Group
The Hyperhidrosis Center at Thoracic Group is a premier comprehensive center offering complete care of hyperhidrosis. With award-winning surgeons and staff, our team will diagnose and design customized treatment plans to manage the causes of excessive sweating. For more information, contact us or fill out our contact form today.
*Individual results may vary.