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Farah Edds, PA-C

Hello and welcome to this week’s Trillium Creek Dermatology and Surgery Center’s Podcast. My name is Farah Edds, and I’ve been a physician assistant with Trillium Creek for 1 year.

With the summer months quickly approaching, I have had numerous patients inquiring on ways to help with their sweaty armpits.

In today’s Podcast, I will review some of the top daily questions I get, including:

 

  • What is Hyperhidrosis?
  • What are some things I can do at home to help?
  • What do I look for when choosing a deodorant?
  • What cosmetic treatments are available?

So, let’s get started.

“Hyperhidrosis”. You may have heard this word in some commercials lately, or you may have seen us discuss this on some of our recent Facebook Lives(videos we saved on the website),but “What is Hyperhidrosis?” Hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating. This can occur anywhere on the body, but the most common sites are the underarms, head and neck, palms and soles of the feet.

Since the underarms are one of the most common, and noticeable spots, let’s talk about some ways to treat this sometimes-embarrassing topic.

First, if you want to try and control the excess sweating at home here are some everyday tips you can try:

  • Use Dermatologist approved laundry detergents- all free and clear, and tide free are some good brands that won’t irritate your skin.
  • Wear cotton clothes instead of synthetic fabric blends. This will allow the skin to breathe and release heat more efficiently.
  • Wash with sensitive skin soaps such as Dove for sensitive skin bar soap, CeraVe, or any of the H&H Science cleansers. My personal favorite is the H&H Gentle Cleanser.  
  • Shower after workouts to help remove excess sweat and odor from the underarms.
  • And lastly, apply antiperspirant at night time before bed for increased effectiveness, and then again in the morning.

Which leads me to my next topic, choosing the right deodorant. You want to look for deodorants that have antiperspirant in the name because that is what actually helps to stop the sweating along with odor. Look for soft solid antiperspirants with a higher percentage of aluminum, such as Certain-dri or clinical strength antiperspirants. Xerac AC is a powerful over the counter antiperspirant and is also available in any of the H&H Science locations.

If you are finding you need something stronger, there are prescription antiperspirants that your dermatology care provider can prescribe. However, be aware that higher percentages of aluminum can also cause some irritation to the skin, so use them carefully, and if irritation does occur, discontinue those and call your dermatologist to be seen.

Finally, if you want a more permanent solution, there are cosmetic treatments that have proven to be very effective for armpit sweating. Botox can be injected in the underarms to stop sweating, and lasts roughly 3 to 6 months.

There is an exciting new FDA approved permanent treatment for hyperhidrosis called MiraDry. It is a laser procedure that we do in office that destroys the sweat glands and hair follicles. One treatment will give you a 70-80% reduction in sweating, odor and hair growth in the areas treated.

If you have any further questions about these cosmetic treatments, feel free to schedule a consultation with us and we can answer any questions you may have.

Once again, I’m Farah Edds PA-C with Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery Center. Thank you for listening to this week’s podcast about Sweaty Armpits.

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