What Are Some Options For Me If I Want To Reduce The Amount I Sweat/Armpit Odor?

Question: What are some options for me if I want to reduce the amount I sweat/armpit odor?

Answer: Well that's a great question and this is a very common problem. I think it's important to make a distinction upfront between deodorant and antiperspirant. Deodorant is just something you apply under your arm with a spray or a roll-on that prevents the smell that's associated with sweating in the underarm area. And antiperspirant actually stops the perspiration and there are a lot of different ingredients that can do that. The most common one is one called aluminum chloride and aluminum chloride is available in a lot of over-the-counter applications, but it also, when the perspiration is more severe, it's available with a prescription from a physician as well -- that would be the next line treatment.

And in cases where it really is more severe or very socially embarrassing, when there is a tremendous amount of underarm sweat, BOTOX® injections have been found to be effective for the treatment of excessive sweating.

Mathew Avram, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7917902. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7917902. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7917902.
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Firefighters rescue a woman who got stuck in a chimney in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Ventura County Fire Department
PHOTO: Apple Pay is demonstrated at Apple headquarters on Oct. 16, 2014 in Cupertino, Calif.
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo
PHOTO: Up in Ash: Mount Sinabung Erupting
Tibt Nangin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
PHOTO: Defendant Jodi Arias testifies about killing Travis Alexander in 2008 during her murder trial in Phoenix, Feb. 20, 2013.
Charlie Leight/The Arizona Republic/AP Photo
PHOTO: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, their daughter North West and Delphine Arnault attend the Givenchy show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015, Sept. 28, 2014 in Paris.
Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/French Select/Getty Images