Summer is here, and the air is filled with the smell of flowers, fresh-cut grass and … sweat. That’s right, perspiration. If you’ve ever had to experience someone else’s underarm odor while confined to a subway car, elevator or meeting room at work, you know firsthand how unpleasant the experience can be. The same holds true if you are the person with excessive underarm sweating, clinically known as hyperhidrosis.
It’s difficult to think of many situations that are more uncomfortable or embarrassing than soaking through your shirt at a job interview or on a date. So what can be done about this common condition that affects an estimated 5 percent of the world’s population?
Frequently washing your clothes and applying topical solutions – such as antiperspirant or homemade remedies like vinegar – may temporarily address the problem, according to the Daily Mirror. However, these quick fixes do not get to the root of the issue. In fact, they may lead to damaged shirts.
“The armpit areas on [white cotton shirts] all too often turn yellow from excessive sweating and antiperspirant buildup,” said Good Housekeeping expert Christina Peterson. “Pouring bleach directly onto the stains to get rid of them can eat away at the fabric, creating holes.”
Fortunately, hyperhidrosis sufferers may be able to save face – and stop damaging clothes – with the help of Axilase, a type of cutting-edge laser technology that gets to the bottom of the condition. Underarm sweating is the result of overactive glands in the armpit. Targeting these glands can greatly reduce perspiration, bringing the situation under control.
The process is quick, easy and minimally invasive. Patients come in for a one-hour session and are given local anesthesia. Two small incisions are made in each armpit before the laser is administered, destroying the majority of the sweat glands. The physician then suctions the debris out of the treatment area.
Most people require only a day or two of rest before they feel ready to return to their everyday routines. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the most painful, the majority of patients report that Axilase is only a one or two. Any discomfort can be easily addressed with Tylenol, and a compression garment is worn for about a week to help speed up recovery.
Opting for the Axilase treatment can help bring perspiration under control and make life easier, drier and more comfortable for those with hyperhidrosis.