There are several options for treating excessive sweating, some of which you may have already tried. Most of these methods deal specifically with excessive sweating, but do not address body odor.
Antiperspirants are usually the first go-to option because they are the most accessible and least invasive option. Antiperspirants can be very effective for mild to moderate sweating, though the effect is only temporary. Strong antiperspirants can cause skin irritation, they can ruin your clothing, and in cases of severe sweating, they aren’t effective enough to achieve relief.
A procedure is now available involving injecting neurotoxins into the problem areas. The neurotoxins block signals from the nerves that tell the sweat glands to produce sweat. These injections have shown to be moderately effective for treating excessive sweating, but they have their drawbacks. For one, they’re painful and can cause some bleeding. Secondly, the injections don’t always target all of the sweat glands in the area, and you may continue to experience some sweating. Finally, you would need to receive the injections every few months, for an indefinite period of time, and this can become costly.
A variety of oral prescription medications are available to manage excessive sweating. Most fall under the category of anticholingerics, and include medicines such as propantheline, glycopyrrolate, oxybutynin, bentropine, and others. While many patients experience success with these medicines, they won’t work for every kind of hyperhidrosis. Unfortunately, they also come with side effects and the dosage needs to be managed very carefully with your physician.
Surgery is usually suggested as a very last resort. Local surgery involves cutting, scraping or suctioning out the sweat glands from the affected areas. The results are effective and often permanent. But surgery is invasive, poses risks and involves downtime. Surgery can be very costly and because health insurance companies do not recognize surgery as a treatment for hyperhidrosis, they will not cover the procedure.
Some of these methods have shown success for treating hyperhidrosis, but all have their implications and drawbacks. What’s needed is a completely new type of solution. A treatment that’s totally epic- yet safe, effective, and won’t break the bank.