A prescription antiperspirant is prescribed through a physician because of its content.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride which is designed to reduce excessive sweating. The antiperspirant in this category is very strong. Strong enough that the Food and Drug Administration classifies it as a drug. Sweat is a vital action that our bodies must go through daily for better health, but what if you can’t stop sweating?
The amount of aluminum chloride in prescription or clinical antiperspirants is around 20% versus over-the-counter antiperspirants that contains around 12%. Prescribed antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate which treats excessive sweating called “hyperhidrosis.” Hyperhidrosis is a social stigma that affects children, teens, and adults worldwide.
Our underarms are not the only place on our body’s that have sweat glands. We can also sweat profusely on the face, feet, forehead or palms of the hands, and in the groin area. Aside from a person being nervous or is becoming ill due to a cold, doctors believe that hyperhidrosis is due to an underlying health condition.
The health conditions can consist of cancer, diabetes, thyroid issues, an infection, heart issues, and more. When we talk about sweating profusely, we are talking about a person who must change their clothes because they are dripping wet. When you are unable to control soaking through your clothes, it causes you mental and physical stress. You feel embarrassed and it is a condition that most people really don’t understand.
When you can’t stop sweating no matter what you try, contact your doctor. Before being prescribed a stronger clinical antiperspirant, your doctor will discuss other remedies, some of which entails changing your dietary habits, wearing absorbent pads, applying moisture absorbent powers twice a day and other alternative treatments. Indeed if nothing works, then a doctor will not only recommend antiperspirant in prescription form but also other methods to stop your out-of-control sweating:
*Botox – inject Botox into the body where sweating is the most prevalent.
*Clinical Strength Antiperspirants – over-the-counter clinical antiperspirants that are a little stronger than traditional antiperspirants.
*Iontophoresis – a form of surgery where an electrical current treatment uses water to induce antiperspirant medications into the skin.
*Miradry – microwave treatment for the sweat glands.
*Qbrexza Cloth- a medicated topical material that is purposely designed to combat underarm sweating. The cloth-like material contains a medication that serves as a nerve blocker.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis conditions:
*Primary: sweating occurs on specific parts of the body like the hands, feet, underarms, face, or scalp. Primary is more closely caused as a result of heredity. Excessive sweating can begin in childhood or at least before the age of 25.
*Secondary: secondary hyperhidrosis occurs during the day and night. Hyperhidrosis in this category only begins in individuals in their adulthood. Secondary hyperhidrosis is due to a medical condition or occurs due to a medication that a person is taking.
Topical prescription antiperspirants are available as a roll-on, spray, powders, and wipes. The common prescription antiperspirant brands include the following:
*Drysol – aluminum chloride hexahydrate at 20%
*Xerac AC – aluminum chloride hexahydrate at 6.25%
*Formalaz – the strongest treatment mainly used to treat foot odor and sweat. Its active ingredient is formaldehyde at 10%.
When using prescription strength antiperspirant products it is important to follow the doctor’s instructions as well as the application instructions that accompany each brand. Hyperhidrosis is no joking matter. There are around 1/3 of the U.S. population that suffers from this condition and the common problems that they share include the following:
*try to avoid shaking hands
*turn down attending social events due to sweating through your clothes
*romantic relationships suffer due to embarrassment
*holding a pen, knitting, etc., is difficult because your palms are sweaty
Profuse sweating as a result of hyperhidrosis is treatable. Prescription antiperspirant medication is one treatment that helps people of all ages regain their confidence again. Researchers are testing and creating treatments that will help defeat this sweat gland condition. In the meantime, don’t be discouraged.