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Excess Sweating: Treating With Anti-Perspirants

Treating Excess Sweating With Anti-Perspirants

If you sweat excessively, you have got many treatment options. They include use of anti-perspirants, iontophoresis, botox injections, surgery and other medications. Out of these, anti-perspirants are the first lines of treatment because they are non-invasive. Let us learn more about how to use anti-perspirants to get good results.

Anti-perspirants when applied on the surface of the skin, block the sweat glands and don't allow sweat to come on the surface of the skin. Aluminum salts are the most common ingredients of anti-perspirants. For different locations, your doctor may recommend different concentrations of anti-perspirants. For example, for hands or for feet, you may be advised to use an anti-perspirant of 30% concentration of aluminum chloride hexadhydrate while for your underarms, the strength recommended may be half of that. If you have sensitive skin, you should talk to your doctor about the choice of anti-perspirants. Currently aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycine is the ingredient that is most commonly used, as it is less irritating to the skin.

Time of application of anti-perspirants is important to get the best results. It is said that if you apply anti-perspirants, it is better to use them at night rather than in the morning. If you apply them at both the times, that is even better.

Ideally the anti-perspirant should remain on the surface of the skin for up to eight hours. The skin should be dry before you apply. For those who use methods such as shaving, depilatory creams, etc. to remove under-arm hair you should talk to your doctor about how much time interval is ideal before anti-perspirant can be applied after hair removal.

Anti-perspirants may have to be used every day for some time. Once you find that perspiration has reduced, you can consult your doctor and increase the time interval between each application. If you get irritation with your anti-perspirant, please consult your doctor.

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