Quote from RunninNurse
Alright, my fellow nursing people, I need your expertise. I have a dilemma of sweaty sorts.
I'm a sweaty, sweaty person. Ever since puberty I've been plagued with an excessive sweat problem in the armpit areas that has caused a lot of embarrassment and severely limited my wardrobe options. I like to compare my sweating to that of a large hairy Russian man in Florida during a heat wave. Yep, it's that bad.
For the past few quarters of nursing school I've been suffering in royal blue scrubs that show every water drop with spot light brilliance. Since there's no option for different scrubs, I need some advice on how to curb the sweat mark notability.
Has anyone found a particular type of shirt to wear under their scrubs that's amazing at wicking moisture, without redistributing it onto the scrubs? I've considered Under Armor, but recently heard it's not that great if you're a super sweater. Anyone else have this problem and have any found ingenious ideas?
By the way, I'm not looking for medical advice here. I know I can probably find a pharmaceutical cure for this problem, but since I cannot afford even the cheapest insurance right now... it's not on the table as an option. And yes, I've tried every type of deodorant known to man kind.
It's called hyperhidrosis. I used to suffer terribly from this. Try going to your doc to get prescription antiperspirant or oral meds (oxybutinin, Ditropan). Botox is also an option, but it only lasts 3 to 4 months. If that doesn't work, research a surgical procedure called Endothoracic Sympathectomy (ETS). I had it done 13 years ago and it was the only thing that got rid of the excessive sweating.
Hyperhidrosis really hinders your life because it makes you VERY self-conscious. Have you tried Certain-Dri (OTC at the drug store)? Try everything you can before opting for ETS.
P.S. I hope my reply isn't taken as medical advice. I simply wanted to relay my personal experience with this issue. Nothing takes the place of working with your doc!