Antiperspirants & deodorants against heavy sweating with aluminium chloride

Block sweat glands with aluminium compounds

Antiper­spi­rants act on the basis of alu­mini­um com­pounds and sub­stances such as alu­mini­um chlo­ride. The ingre­di­ents nar­row or block the excre­to­ry ducts of the sweat glands, reduc­ing sweat secre­tion. The sweat-reduc­ing effect might last up to 3 days. Due to the reduced sweat secre­tion, though, odour-caus­ing bac­te­ria may mul­ti­ply. Antiper­spi­rants are com­mer­cial­ly avail­able as rollers, sticks, creams, pads, or sprays.

In con­trast to the antiper­spi­rant is a deodor­ant, a care prod­uct which only pre­vents or masks body odour. It reduces the flow of sweat only slight­ly. The essen­tial ingre­di­ents of deodor­ants are fra­grances and anti-bac­te­r­i­al agents. Some deodor­ants also con­tain small amounts of alu­mini­um chlo­ride.

This helps prevent sweating in the armpits, but is less suitable for hyperhidrosis of the hands, feet, or face.

Deodor­ants and antiper­spi­rants are main­ly used under the arms. But spe­cial antiper­spi­rants have also been devel­oped to treat sweaty feet and palms.

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Espe­cial­ly with heavy sweat­ing in the armpits, antiper­spi­rants can be a use­ful alter­na­tive to tap water ion­tophore­sis for alle­vi­at­ing exces­sive sweat­ing.

Please do not use antiper­spi­rants or alu­mini­um-con­tain­ing deodor­ants in the same areas that you are treat­ing with ion­tophore­sis as this may cause burns in the treat­ed area. If the antiper­spi­rant is not enough to relieve your under­arm hyper­hidro­sis, we rec­om­mend HIDREX ion­tophore­sis treat­ment with our AX pads.

Possible side effects of antiperspirants & deodorants

The use of antiper­spi­rants may cause side effects such as skin irri­ta­tion or eczema. One should there­fore pay atten­tion to how your skin reacts to indi­vid­ual prod­ucts. Due to the pos­si­ble tox­ic effects of alu­mini­um, the Ger­man Insti­tute for Risk Assess­ment rec­om­mend­ed in 2014 that deodor­ants or antiper­spi­rants con­tain­ing alu­mini­um not be used on dam­aged skin or after shav­ing.

Will health insurance pay for antiperspirants?

High-qual­i­ty antiper­spi­rants can help with hyper­hidro­sis, which is why many physi­cians also pre­scribe antiper­spi­rants. Once evi­dence of its med­ical nec­es­sary has been sub­mit­ted to the insur­ance com­pa­ny, it may offer par­tial reim­burse­ment.

Benefits and risks of antiperspirants compared to HIDREX iontophoresis treatment

Antiper­spi­rants and deodor­ants help with heavy under­arm sweat­ing and may be a good alter­na­tive to ion­tophore­sis treat­ment. Ion­tophore­sis treat­ment can also be used on the hands, feet, face, and head. Spe­cial appli­ca­tors for treat­ing the back have also been devel­oped by HIDREX. The use of antiper­spi­rants may cause irri­ta­tion of the skin and eczema, where­as ion­tophore­sis treat­ment will only cause, at most, brief side effects such as red­ness after treat­ment. In the long term, ion­tophore­sis treat­ment is less expen­sive than buy­ing spe­cial antiper­spi­rants.

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