Those that suffer from axillary hyperhidrosis know that this condition ruins more than just your clothes. It destroys your self-confidence and your self worth, leaving you upset with your body for making you suffer through such an undesirable condition. As a fellow sufferer who has found effective ways to treat this socially suffocating disorder, I want to share some insight with you on treatment options available to people with this condition.
The first treatment most people with hyperhidrosis try is over-the-counter, prescription-strength antiperspirants. If you want to go this route, look for antiperspirants with a high percentage of aluminum chloride. The aluminum chloride blocks your sweat glands and prevents you from sweating as much as you would normally. The strongest of these antiperspirants are used in conjunction with you deodorant, but can only be applied a few times a week due to their strength and skin irritation. When I tried these products, I found a few that worked for awhile. After a few months passed, their effects started to wear off and all the antiperspirants left me with were stained shirts and severely itchy armpits.
If you seek help from a dermatologist, she can diagnose your specific situation and decide which medical treatments would be best for you to try. When I sought advice and help from a dermatologist after antiperspirants stopped working for me, the doctor and nurse knew I needed botox injections, but gave me a prescription for a oral medication to use until my insurance approved coverage for the botox. I was given a prescription for glycopyrrolate. It’s a medicine used to treat stomach ulcers, but one of the side effects is that it stops sweat production. Unfortunately, even though it worked well, it also dried out my saliva glands, making it hard for me to breathe in windy weather or when I went for a run at the gym.
Insurance companies have made great strides forward in covering non-cosmetic botox treatments for patients who need them. This means that if you present your case correctly, you could easily get coverage for this expensive treatment. Within a few days of the injections, you’ll notice your sweating stop and you’ll be able to wear the clothes you want and you’ll feel like yourself again. As a fellow hyperhidrosis sufferer, I highly recommend working with your doctor and your insurance company until you can get coverage for these treatments. My life has changed immensely since I started receiving these treatments every six to seven months. I can dress like a girl again and I don’t have to worry about ruining every shirt I buy. It took months to get my insurance company on board, but the battle was completely worth it.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy
This is a risky surgery that should only be considered in the most extreme cases of hyperhidrosis and when nothing else has worked. The procedure involves cutting the ends of the nerves in your armpits that tell your glands to produce sweat. This works because at its core, hyperhidrosis is a neurological disorder that can’t be controlled by the patient. During the surgery, each lung will be collapsed as the doctor works on the armpit on that side of the body. After the surgery, you could experience “compensatory” sweating. This means that the sweating moves from your armpits to another part of your body like your lower back or your legs.
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