Before with deal with the issue of debilitating swearing we must know about this condition is called medically.
Excess sweating is called hyperhidrosis . It is defined as excessive sweating beyond what is normally required to maintain consistent body temperature.
Although hyperhidrosis can occur in a number of locations on the body, including the hand and feet, one of the most common areas of complaint is the underarm Excessive sweating of the underarm is also referred to as “axillary hyperhidrosis”.
Seventeen 17% of the population said that they sweat too much in their under their arms which cause them psychological and/or relationship issues. This means that 1 in 5 adults are impacted by excessive underarm sweat. The numbers are slightly less for the hands and feet sweating.
When questioned these people have, on average, at least 10 sweat outbreaks per week or consider themselves as excessive sweaters all the time.
In a survey commissioned by the International Hyperhidrosis Society, found 88% of those diagnosed with hyperhidrosis had endured negative social reactions from others such as disgust or mockery.
For many, this condition is a daily struggle that causes anxiety at work, embarrassment in relationships and social settings, and avoidance of leisure activities.
The impact of hyperhidrosis on those who those who suffer from this condition is as severe as, or more severe than, other more commonly recognized dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis and severe acne. Unfortunately, many people with excessive sweating suffer in isolation and silence because they do not aware that their condition of hyperhidrosis is treatable.
Only 5% of people who feel they perspire a lot have seen a dermatologist about their condition.
When questioned 96 % of people suffering from excessive underarm sweat use some kind of treatment and sufferers who use treatment are still experiencing excessive underarm sweat on a regular basis.
* 71 % are using at least regular antiperspirant.
* 40 % use clinical strength antiperspirant and 6% use prescription oral medication.
* 60 %who are currently using treatments, other than just regular antiperspirants, are still experiencing excessive underarm sweat multiple times each day.
* 92 % of sufferers tend to keep their arms to their sides or avoid raising their arms in an attempt to cover up their condition.
* 73 % have thrown away stained clothes.
* 68 % have brought an extra shirt or outfit to the office or a social event.
* 86 % have tried to cover up their condition by apply antiperspirant multiple times a day, limiting physical contact with others, avoiding the purchase of clothes made out of certain fabrics or colors and throwing away stained clothing.
Underarm sweat is produced from eccrine glands know commonly as sweat glands located just below the surface of the skin. These glands work by secreting fluid to help cool the body.
For people with axillary hyperhidrosis, these sweat glands are overactive and frequently turn on when they should be at rest, and producing much more sweat than is needed to cool the body.
In regards to the treatment of hyperhidrosis there are not allot of permanent treatments available.
Topical preparations such as Certain-Dry Pads or topical Drysol can be applied to the skin but may only help in very mild cases. These products contain aluminum chloride which is present in many over the counter antiperspirants.
Oral forms of beta blockers such as propranolol may be used off label on a daily basis. Another oral medication is glycopyrrolate which is a better choice is an anticholernigic . Glycopyrrolate is an old anti-ulcer medication that I have found clinically helpful in about 20 % of my patients with patients affected with hand, foot or axillary hyperhidrosis or a combination of all three areas.
Botox can be used but requires multiple treatments spaced out about four to five months apart in all affected areas. It is cost prohibitive over the long run. It may be a medically covered benefit for some patients with insurance however there may be a cap on the total amount of Botox that may be covered by the patient’s medical insurance.
The only FDA approved treatment for hyperhydrosis on the market currently is called the miraDry procedure. At this time the miraDry is only indicated for the axillary type of hyperhydrosis. This procedure improves sweat reduction without the use of harsh chemicals, toxins or surgery.
The miraDry procedure uses the only quick, non-invasive microwave technology cleared FDA and has proven to dramatically reduce underarm sweat and provide lasting results.
The procedure is performed I the dermatologists office. A small amount of anesthetic is placed under the skin then the hand piece from the miraDry System, is placed on the underarm skin delivers a precisely controlled microwave energy to the region where the sweat glands reside to eliminate a majority of the sweat glands non-invasively. The sweat glands do not grow back once eliminated, resulting in a dramatic and lasting reduction of underarm sweat.
The treatment requires two sessions spaced out three months apart. Most patients that I have treated report a dramatic reduction of their sweat. In a recent clinical study the average sweat reduction was 82%. You should see a reduction in sweat almost immediately after treatment.