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Aluminum Chloride Hyperhidrosis
I am looking at antiperspirants with the active ingredient of aluminum chloride. The directions say to use at night. Can I use during am shower by pm?
I have body odor on one of my armpits so i tried using aluminum chloride, but it didn't worked. I've also tried natural remedies but nothing works. ?
Body Odor: Apocrine glands secrete a fatty sweat directly into the tubule of the gland. When you're under emotional stress, the wall of the tubule contracts and the sweat is pushed to the surface of your skin where bacteria begin breaking it down. Most often, it's the bacterial breakdown of apocrine sweat that causes an odor. You can try topical antibiotics and see if that helps. ...Read more
MEDS, procedure: First, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) needs a work-up: hgh level, thyroid tests, & rarely carcinoid/pheochromocytoma needs to be considered. Topical anti-perspirants containing aluminum chloride (drysol) 10-20% may help. Oral anti-cholinergic med (glycopyrrolate) or beta blocker (bp pill) has helped some. Iontophoresis, and Botox has also been successful. Finally there's surgery, sympathecomy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your doctor: Depending on how long you've had this, and whether or not it's spreading, or just related to your groin area, it needs to be looked at. Start with your family practice doctor, and see what s/he says. If they need to refer you on further to a dermatologist, or urologist, then follow their recommendations. You need to be seen by a medical expert. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have hyperhidrosis and use driclor for my underarms. Is there anything to stop my hands getting clammy constantly? It's quite embarrassing.
Hyperhidrosis: Antiperspirants. Excessive sweating may be controlled with strong anti-perspirants, which plug the sweat ducts. Products containing 10% to 20% aluminum chloride hexahydrate are the first line of treatment for sweating. There is otc certain dri and then prescription medication like glycopyrrolate. ...Read more
Sympathectomy: The surgery can be performed minimally invasively through the chest, called video assisted thoracic surgery or vats. It involves the cutting the nerves (sympathetic chain) that causes the excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. It is usually an outpatient procedure. There are potential complications including compensatory sweating, so talk with a board certified thoracic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sweat Treatment: Excessive sweat is easy to treat with Botox injections. These are very tiny injections and not usually uncomfortable. The treatment should last at least 6 months and is often covered by insurance. Alternatively, one can use clinical strength antiperspirant available off the shelf. The secret is to apply it at night before bed. It can be washed in the morning and will still work. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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