If you experience excessive sweating, you may often find yourself with wet armpits, changing clothes throughout the day and it also possibly impacting your ability to work. People will often go through the embarrassment and think it will go away, but there are many treatment options available to get your sweat under control all-day long so you can wear the clothes you want and present with confidence in your next meeting. Here are some treatment options you can discuss with your doctor:
Over the counter antiperspirants and deodorant
Deodorant is usually the most common thing to reach for. However, it’s designed to mask the odour associated with sweating, and not actually control it. If you are most concerned with the odour from sweating, deodorants would be your first treatment option, but it won’t reduce the level of sweating. Over-the-counter antiperspirants remain the first line treatment for mild excessive sweating. These antiperspirants contain metallic salts which block the number of sweat ducts, reducing the amount of perspiration that reaches the skin.
If you are still experiencing severe excessive sweating after using the above options, your GP may recommend a clinical antiperspirant. Clinical antiperspirants have a higher concentration of active ingredients to block sweat ducts and reduce the amount of perspiration reaching the skin.
If excessive sweating is still not controlled and impacting your day-to-day life, you could be eligible for injectable treatments. People with severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (underarm) and have failed the above treatments maybe eligible to a Medicare claim if injections are performed by a specialist. During the procedure, a small amount of the treatment is injected into the affected underarm area through a very fine needle. In a short appointment with your specialist, about 15 injections are made to the underarm area. The procedure can be expected to take about 10 to 15 minutes. This treatment helps control the symptoms by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating is significantly reduced. These injections are expected to temporarily stop the production of excessive sweat in the treated areas only. Speak to your GP or dermatologist to learn more.
Surgery is often reserved for people who suffer from the most extreme cases of sweating, or other forms of excessive sweating that do not respond to other treatments. There are several surgical options, all performed by surgeons specialising in these procedures. One of these specialised procedures involves interrupting the nerve signals between the spinal column and the sweat glands.