I’ve always wanted to lend advice about my profuse sweating for girls (or guys for that matter) with the same problem. When I was in jr. high and high school, I thought I was a FREAK. I would sweat profusely out of my arm pits no matter what deodorant I tried, how many times I showered or what tricks I read about. The good thing was that it never smelled, it was just sweat. Still, it was a REAL inconvenience and embarrassing. As I got older, I finally accepted it and saw a dermatologist.
It turned out I had a condition called hyperhidrosis. That is a just a fancy word for profuse sweating. In my case it was only my arm pits that I was sweating from, but people suffer this in their hands, feet, and groin area as well. My doctor made me feel a lot better about this situation and said that Hyperhidrosis is a VERY common problem. He said that 1 in 4 people are affected by it and the most popular cases are in the hands and armpits. From http://www.wikipedia.com “The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown, although some surgeons claim that it is caused by sympathetic overactivity. Anxiety can exacerbate the situation for many sufferers. A common complaint of patients is that they get nervous because they sweat, then sweat more because they are nervous. Other factors can play a role; certain foods & drinks, nicotine, caffeine, and smells can trigger a response.”
My doctor gave me 3 treatments to consider to help get my sweating under control
- Prescription Deodorant
- Botox Injections
- Oral Medication
The Botox Injections was the most appealing, but is considered cosmetic so it is VERY pricey at $600-$900 for 1 session and it would work for 9 months. I had a friend who tried this and it worked magnificently! In my case, My husband was against it because he felt its healthy to sweat and unhealthy to clog my sweat glands with botox.
The Oral Medication also seemed appealing & easy, but my doctor warned me that it would dry out my whole body meaning my eyes and mouth would constantly be dry. As a contact wearer, this option didn’t seem right for me either.
I opted for the Prescription deodorant which works great but is a bit of a pain. You have to apply it at night and it stings a bit (the sting means its working!). I always forget to put it on, but if I remember at least once or twice a week it really helps reduce the sweating all week. (I use regular deodorant in the morning daily too).
If you suffer from this problem, I really recommend you see a doctor because there is a solution! For super EXTREME cases there is even surgery. Trust me, I really know how it feels to have this. Its a pain, but its not the end of the world. You are normal and it can be treated.
If you have a less severe case of sweating in your armpits, there are a lot of new products/tricks that may help you without seeing a doctor. I recommend the following
- Dove or Secret Prescription Strength Deodorant (Sold at Local Drug Stores)
- Apply baby powder to your armpits prior to putting on your deodorant, rub it in good and make sure your armpits are completely dry.
- Waxing or Shaving your armpits will also eliminate sweating
- Some people have allergies to certain fabrics and that will cause sweat, wear loose fitting shirts, tank tops or 100% pure cotton t-shirts.
If you have any questions regarding this post or want to give any tips on your experience with this, please email us or leave a comment. We would love to hear!
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