Edison, NJ–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–May 4, 2007–As the weather gets warmer, millions will find themselves wetter under the arms. According to the Certain Dri Perspiration Poll(TM), 45 percent of adults report that underarm perspiration is either “sometimes” or “often” a problem for them, and 42 percent of this group admit that they worry about having body odor. In addition, 18 percent (nearly 18 million) admit that excessive perspiration has ruined some of their clothes.
“Whether they’re clinically diagnosed with hyperhidrosis or bothered by their perspiration, excessive sweating can be a debilitating condition for many people on an emotional, social and functional level,” explains Flor Mayoral, M.D., director of Mayoral Dermatology, a booming practice in South Miami, Florida, that deals with many patients with excessive perspiration. “However, it seems that for cultural reasons, many Hispanics who suffer from excessive perspiration choose not to discuss the topic openly because they fear embarrassment and are unaware of the easily accessible treatments.”
Instead, they suffer in silence, making the choice to limit their social interactions and wear unflattering clothing which only serves to hide sweat, not realizing that there are other options to try, she adds.
Although the U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved Botox(R) to treat excessive underarm perspiration, Dr. Mayoral recommends that most people start with the least invasive and least expensive options first. Dr. Mayoral is a proponent of stronger, non-prescription antiperspirants, such as Certain Dri(R) Anti-Perspirant, which can be found at drug stores. “While Botox is extremely effective, it can be very costly for the average person or be frightening for many patients who don’t like the thought of needles going into the underarm area,” she says. “I typically recommend Botox for the most serious hyperhidrosis sufferers who’ve had no success with other treatments, including prescription antiperspirant products.”
The following are the most popular non-surgical treatments used for excessive underarm perspiration:
Over-the-Counter Antiperspirants: Look for Certain Dri(R) Anti-Perspirant Roll-On with 12 percent aluminum chloride, which is the same active ingredient in prescription-strength antiperspirants, but in a gentler, non-alcohol formula. It is clinically tested and dermatologist-recommended as the most effective solution for excessive underarm perspiration, as well as for occasional, excessive perspiration due to stress, heat, sports, occupation, etc. Certain Dri is sold over-the-counter in mass-market retail, supermarkets and drug stores nationwide and retails for approximately $5.50. Apply as directed (sparingly at bedtime a few nights per week).
Prescription Antiperspirants: Available only with a prescription from a doctor. While very effective in controlling underarm perspiration, prescription antiperspirants contain 20-25 percent aluminum chloride in an alcohol solution, which may cause stinging and drying of the skin. Prescription antiperspirants can get costly due to doctor visits and prescription fulfillment. Apply as directed.
Oral Medications: An oral glycopyrrolate may be effective in reducing excessive perspiration, but can lead to dryness of the mouth and blurred vision. A person taking this non-prescription medication needs to find just the right dose – one that controls the perspiration without giving intolerable side effects. Since glycopyrrolate absorption is highly variable between individuals, it is important to test a range of doses in order to find the one that gives the best balance of positive benefits, with the least amount of side effects. A physician can help determine the best strength of oral glycopyrrolate needed for an individual. Prices for different non-prescription oral medications will vary.
Botox(R): Tiny injections of botulism toxin type A, commercially sold as Botox(R), are administered in the areas of excessive perspiration, such as the armpits. Botulinum toxin is a neuromuscular paralytic agent, which inhibits the release of acetylcholine, thereby preventing stimulation of the sweat glands. This type of treatment is not for the “needle-phobic,” since it can require up to 20 injections under each arm, which can cost upwards of $1,000 and may not be covered by insurance. However, the results can be highly effective: the effects can last between six and 12 months.
There isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” solution, since each individual is unique. And, while these options can provide solutions for excessive perspiration, it is recommended that you make an appointment with a doctor if you suddenly begin to experience profuse perspiration that you have not experienced before, since it can be related to an underlying medical condition that may need medical attention.
For more information about excessive perspiration, Certain Dri Products, or to enter the new Certain Dri “Don’t Let Perspiration Rule Your Wardrobe” Sweepstakes, visit http://www.certaindri.com or http://www.certaindriteen.com
Note to Media: If you are interested in setting up an informative interview with dermatologist Dr. Flor Mayoral or would like to receive Certain Dri product samples, please contact Laura Giardina at (914) 241-0086, ext. 20.