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Get Rid of Sweaty Armpits

Updated on March 1, 2011

Why Do We Sweat?

No one likes to sweat. Unless you are breaking a week-long fever, or perhaps, exercising and like to see some sort of instant proof for your troubles. However, perspiration, or sweat , is a necessary evil to human beings and animals alike. The normal body temperature for a healthy person is 98.6 degrees. Our bodies are very fickle if this temperature is raised or lowered by more than a few degrees. A lowered body temperature can cause hypothermia, which can result in irregular heartbeat and eventually cause heart failure, and even death. A raised body temperature can cause heatstroke, organ failure, and even lead to death. Perspiration, the act of the body cooling itself down through the expulsion of clear fluids, is your defense In protecting yourself against overheating.

Anti-perspirant Versus Deodorant

When to use an anti-perspirant: If you want to completely eliminate underarm wetness and save your white shirts and blouses from discoloration, you may want to opt for an anti-perspirant; however, some health professionals advise against these as they close the pores located under the arm, eliminating the body’s natural cycle of cooling down via perspiration, or sweat . There is also a concern by some researchers that breast cancer may possibly be linked to the frequent use of anti-perspirants.

When to use a deodorant: If you want to hide the smell of body odor by dousing yourself in a pleasing scent, you would want to opt for deodorant. The benefit of using a deodorant is that it fights odor-causing bacteria, while also allowing the body to perspire, or sweat , naturally.


How Do I Get Rid Of My Wetness And Odor?

There is a condition known as Axillary Hyperhidrosis (AKA: Sweaty Armpit) that affects 1% of the US. ***Of course, this number may actually be higher as excessive perspiration can be a very embarrassing trait, and many have probably foregone the routine physical exam to mention it to their family physician. There are two types of glands in the armpit: the eccrine glands and the apocrine glands.

Eccrine Glands are what cause the clear running wetness that forms in the armpit and gradually drips down the body, while the Apocrine Glands cause the armpit’s odoriferous and, thereby, unattractive, scent. However, there are more aggressive means to vanquish these potential detrimental-to-social-status bodily annoyances.

While surgery should never be taken lightly, this is an option for those of the population who suffer from excessive underarm wetness and smell. The offensive skin of the armpit can be scraped out, the sweat glands can be suctioned from the armpit (think lipo), or the sweat glands can be radiated by a laser.

Another method used to squash underarm embarrassment is by taking oral medications, such as antidepressants. Some even opt for the cosmetic surgery fave, Botox, to rid away the wetness.

Back To Basics

However, if you're looking for a more inexpensive and less drastic route to try, there are natural deodorants on the market that make claims to completely eliminate udnerarm body odor, such as Crystal and Toms of Maine. Comparatively, if underarm wetness is what ails you, an anti-perspirant to try is Arrid Extra Dry or the old standby, Mitchum. These products fair well in deodorant and anti-perspirant reviews, and are worth a try. Because our bodies are unique, what will work and what will not work lies within your chemistry.


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