miraDry treatment improves quality of life for Portland patients
Imagine having a real medical condition, rarely taken seriously by others because it does not pose a health threat. Yet the symptoms are embarrassingly obvious to everyone who sees you. If you have hyperhidrosis, you live this dilemma every day. Countless men and women in the Portland area are now taking control of excessive sweating with miraDry treatment, available at Thrive.
Sweating is a normal survival function of the human body. When your temperature becomes elevated from environment or physical activity, several million eccrine glands over most of your body release a thin, clear, odorless moisture through pores. As it evaporates, it cools surface skin and lowers body temperature.
Odor associated with sweating is natural, too. Apocrine glands are found primarily in the groin and armpits. They are triggered by emotions – stress, nervousness, or excitement. These sweat glands emit a thicker, musky-scented liquid intended to attract a mate. Bacteria flock to this milky fluid because it is full of nutrients. Waste produced by bacteria as they feed generates the unpleasant smell of perspiration.
Some areas of the body contain both eccrine and apocrine glands. That is double trouble if you are one of the nearly eight million people in the United States (about three percent of the population) who live with hyperhidrosis. A physiological malfunction causes your body to produce a great deal more perspiration than is needed for cooling. Excessive sweating can occur at any time, unrelated to temperature and emotions.
Hyperhidrosis is categorized as:
- Axillary – underarms
- Palmar – hands
- Plantar – feet
- Craniofacial – face
- Generalized – affecting the entire body
Not just a little extra wetness
While it is easy for others to disregard your condition as “no big deal,” it is much more than sweating for the individual who lives with it. Hyperhidrosis is a quality of life issue.
About 90 percent of people with hyperhidrosis say that it has a big impact on their emotional state. They report feeling less confident socially and cite frustration, embarrassment, unhappiness, alienation, and even depression. Though hyperhidrosis is a valid medical condition, it does not engender the sympathy of a disease that impairs health or is contagious. We live in a hygiene-conscious culture where sweat and odor are not usually topics of open conversation, so there is also an element of shame associated with excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis may affect your overall wellness by keeping you out of the gym, where you are likely to be soaked before your workout even begins. Sweaty palms and noticeable rings under the arms can impact career choices and advancement. You probably consider your hyperhidrosis anytime you make clothing purchases. You may bring a fresh shirt along on every outing, or simply avoid social interaction whenever possible. Intimate relationships bring an even higher level of anxiety – trying to enjoy the moment and perform your best while dripping sweat onto your partner and soaking the bedsheets.
You could find yourself saying no to spicy foods, a glass of wine, or a cup of coffee in an attempt to avoid sweating. You have probably spent more than you realize on dry cleaning, antiperspirant, deodorant, cologne, and possibly Botox injections.
Isn’t it time to consider an effective, non-surgical solution with lasting results?
miraDry treatment – permanent relief for Portland patients
The unfortunate truth is that most people with axillary hyperhidrosis never seek medical advice. Dr. Adam Maddox and his team at Thrive in Portland are intent on changing that, for one simple reason – there is now a solution that truly works.
miraDry is cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for long-term treatment of excessive underarm sweating. The technique uses microwave energy to destroy overactive sweat and odor glands, without harm to surrounding tissues. Treatment is non-invasive, requiring only local numbing, and there is no downtime. Best of all, results are immediate. Since sweat glands do not grow back, improvement is permanent. Most patients see dramatic change in just one session. However, treatment can be repeated for those with severe hyperhidrosis.
People who don’t have hyperhidrosis are considering miraDry, too. It is a terrific way for athletes to stay fresh and dry, or to maintain ultimate confidence from the board room to the bedroom.