Have you wondered how much sweating is too much and what type of sweating treatments are available in Vancouver, BC?
If you are looking for information about sweating, smelly armpits and more then read our page on sweating and excessive sweating to learn more about why we smell and what we can do about it!
Sweating is a natural part of life helping to cool the body although it can be stinky and uncomfortable as well. Excessive sweating on the other hand can pose problems in your social and business life and in your relationships.
Sweating may occur naturally but the odour associated with sweating comes from bacteria that feed on the salts produced only by certain sweat glands and not others.
So what are some ways to reduce both sweating and odour related to sweating?
Here are some sweating treatments but 6 and 7 are our favourite non-surgical solutions to sweating especially underarm sweat and smell.
1. 3 Tips to control heavy sweating at home
a) wear breathable or cotton fabrics that can wick away moisture from the body.
b) Change footwear and clothes often.
c) Keep spicy foods to a minimum as certain foods can make your sweat smell worse.
2. Deodorants and Antiperspirants. What is the difference and how effective are antiperspirants and deodorants? Antiperspirants block sweat from reaching the skin whilst deodorants mask the smell of sweat. Did you know that deodorants and antiperspirants are effective only 20% of the time and yet 90% of the population use it on a daily basis? For people with excessive sweating clinical strength antiperspirants which only have to be effective 30% of the time can help but are often of no help. Using these products at night prior to bedtime is said to increase the efficiency of the product.
3. Iontophoresis. This method of treatment involves using electrical current to reduce sweating. No one is exactly certain of how this works but it does work although it is time consuming and not permanent.
4. Medications can be prescribed for sweating to reduce the amount of overall sweating in the body. Whilst this type of treatment is useful if you have large areas which sweat a lot like back sweat then anticholinergics may be used but there are side effects to this type of treatment.
5. Lasers. Certain lasers have been used for underarm sweating that involve making small cuts to the skin to allow the laser tool to be passed under the skin. This treatment however has not been studied well and has yet to be proven to be successful.
6. Botox is a natural, purified protein that can temporarily block the secretion of the chemical that is responsible for turning on the body’s sweat glands. Therefore in the area that is injected there is no sweating. It can be used for sweaty hands, feet and underarms. Typically Botox can last from 4-12 months and is the most effective for hands and underarms.
7. MiraDry was approved by the FDA in 2011 for underarm sweating and again in 2015 for the permanent elimination of odour glands as well as underarm hair of all colours. MiraDry is non-invasive and uses electromagnetic energy to damage and destroy the sweat glands. This is usually effective in one treatment but some people need a second treatment. This hour long treatment is performed with a local anesthetic and with little discomfort. Currently MiraDry is only for underarm sweat and at BC laser we are the first (2016) in the Lower Mainland to offer both Miradry and Mirasmooth as treatments for sweat and hair removal.
8. ETS ( Endoscopic Thoracic sympathectomy) is the last resort for palmar sweating. This treatment is the most invasive as it is surgery and it requires the surgeons to attempt to interrupt the transmission of nerve signals to the sweat glands. This surgery is not without some serious side effects and can lead to compensatory sweating in other areas and is therefore not often recommended.
Whether you have excessive sweating or just want to not sweat in your armpits for a lifestyle choice then speak to our staff about Miradry and learn how you can be sweat free!