Sweaty armpits are not uncommon, and neither are the frustrations associated with such. Our armpits produce sweat in an effort to help keep the body cool and control temperature. Our body actually has two different types of sweat glands which produce two different types of sweat. Most of the body’s sweat glands are “eccrine glands” which help to regulate the body’s overall temperature. They produce an odorless, watery perspiration that easily evaporates on the skin’s surface and cools our body when it’s getting hot.
The other sweat glands are known as “apocrine” glands and their purpose within the body is a little less evident. Most scientific research has determined that the purpose of apocrine sweat is intended for pheromonal purpose. Pheromones are produced by the body in humans and animals as a warning signal, a territorial marker, and as a sexual attract to potential mates.
Though sweating is a normal part of day to day life for most people, others feel frustrated and embarrassed regarding how much they sweat. If the amount of sweating you’re experiencing is negatively impacting your quality of life, you’re not the only one. A condition known as “axillary hyperhidrosis” occurs when excessive, visible sweating has been affecting a person’s life for at least 6 months straight with at least one episode of excessive sweating per week.
If your excessive sweating is impairing your daily activities, if you have a family history of excessive sweating, if the amount of sweat you’re experiencing interferes with your sleeping habits or your social life, or if you’re tired of the embarrassment associated with excessive underarm sweat, your doctor can help.
Options for Treatment
Most people who are experiencing excessive underarm sweat have tried all kinds of deodorants and antiperspirants. More drastic alternatives are often required to address the problem and treat it effectively. The first step is to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist who is experienced in treating overactive sweat glands.
One option includes Botox injections which act as a disabler for the sweat glands by blocking the release of sweat. The results can last from 6 months to a year depending on the individual. Another more permanent solution is MiraDry. This procedure is actually a complete disabling of the glands under the arm so that the patient won’t have to worry about underarm sweat ever again. If you’re interested in learning more about this procedure, give us a call today and find out how you can soon live sweat-free.