I have been looking over posts and read over your concern. As an almost “healed” member of the hyperhidrosis community and a nursing student, I would like to pass along some advice, if I may. (I say “healed”, because I had my first Miradry treatment a little over a month ago. My second and final is in early November. I have had great results!!! My underarm sweating has reduced an estimated 60 – 70 %. With very little, basically no odor unless I am in the gym. )
You may have hyperhidrosis, but based on my own experience, the research that I have done and from watching documentary shows on weird conditions, I personally do not believe that HH is a condition that you suffer from.
1.) Try waxing instead of shaving in your sweaty areas. It gets the hair up from under the base of the skin where sweat and odor starts and not just on the surface as shaving or hair removal creams do.
2.) Bathe at least once a day and put on fresh clothes each time.
---A little trick I’ve learned…after you take off your clothes for the day, try rinsing the underarm areas of your shirts off with mild soap before putting them in the hamper. This does not allow the sweat to dry which helps reduces the chance that the sweat smell will linger the next time you wear the outfit.
3.) Try using soap that has antibacterial components to it such as a Zest, Dove, Dial, etc. Many people have moderate to mild odor simply because they are using the wrong soap.
4.) Also try this type of soap called “Iceover Deodorant Soap.” You can find it on amazon.com or search this website by klima. People with HH are encouraged to use it: http://www.klimadeodorant.com/ This site also has other helpful things you may be able to use for your body issues.
5.) Try to avoid smelly or scented deodorants. When you sweat or get odor, the “scent” only makes the odor worst. (So I have been told).
6.) There is a “support” website for people with this sweating issue for underarm, face, back, hands, feet, etc. http://www.sweathelp.org/en/. If you truly have a HH issue, this website can better direct you to find doctors, information on free treatment through seminars, give advice on gaining help from insurance and gives coupon discounts on buying products to help with it.
7.) There is also a rare chance that you have one of many types of rare conditions of the liver and kidney. I do not know of any cure for these issues besides change of diet. Here is a website that can lead you get better understanding in case you want to get tested: http://voices.yahoo.com/when-bad-body-odor-sign-serious-medical-612266.html?cat=70
8.) Speaking of diet: avoid caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, (the first two primarily) these things some ho w make it to sweat glands to cause them to work over time.
9.) You could also have Bromhidrosis. This is a condition that works like hyperhidrosis, but instead of having odor that is associated with sweat, the person just has the odor.
Keep in mind, I am NOT a physician simply a person that researches, so make sure you follow up with one as soon as you can. Some doctors such as those with just general practicing knowledge and ones in rural areas do not know much about HH or bromhidrosis. Some may only see one or two patients per year with this issue, so it is really not worth their time to research or go to gain more updated knowledge for that small amount of patients. So if you are not satisfied with an answer from one doctor, try another until you get the help you need.
Need more help? Feel free to contact. Good Luck!!!