Probably one of the most tedious aspects to being a woman is the chore of shaving your armpits. It seems just when you’re done, it’s time to do it again.
But what if you could put an end to underarm shaving, and have this little side benefit of permanently eliminating the sweat and odor glands in the armpits?
You can have both at Deschutes Dermatology with a new procedure called miraDry!
What is miraDry?
MiraDry is the only non-invasive, FDA-cleared treatment to permanently eliminate sweat and odor glands in the underarm area. Using microwave technology to heat the glands, stopping their functioin, miraDry is a safe, fast, permanent solution.
The procedure has been given over 45,000 times worldwide, so there is a growing amount of statistical evidence behind miraDry. This new technology has been shown to eliminate 82% of sweat and odor glands in just one treatment. This reduction is permanent.
Although not the original intention, miraDry also removes up to 70% of underarm hair as the heat damages the hair follicles. So, in addition to saying goodbye to your army of deodorants and antiperspirants, Deschutes patients can now say goodbye to underarm shaving!
Is it safe to remove these sweat glands?
The human body has from 2 to 4 million sweat glands across its entire surface. Only 2% of these are located in the underarm area. So, when these glands are eliminated with miraDry, the body’s overall ability to cool itself or to eliminate toxins is not impacted.
How do treatments go?
We first numb the underarms of the patient. Then we draw a temporary tattoo of sorts on your underarm to provide a treatment map. Next we place the hand held applicator to your skin and there is a slight suction. Each side takes around 30 minutes and you’re done.
Who doesn’t want to quit dealing with deodorants and shaving? Puhleeeeeeze! Call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, and ask us about miraDry!
Eczema is an itchy annoyance. Clinically known as atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema, this condition is commonly found in children but it can also develop in adults. It is characterized by inflamed red, itchy, dry skin. It can develop on any area of your skin, but is most common on the arms and behind the knees.
Eczema is a bit of a medical mystery, its cause not exactly known. It is believed that people who suffer with eczema have a genetic predisposition toward it. Also, abnormal function of the immune system (similar to how it reacts to allergic substances) can cause eczema. Environmental factors such as cleaners and other chemicals are also believed to trigger eczema reactions.
Symptoms of eczema
If you have patches of chronically dry, itchy, thick skin that appear on your hands, neck, face, and legs, you probably have eczema. There may be red or brownish-gray patches that itch more at night. The affected areas may have small bumps that leak fluid when scratched. In infantile eczema, the inner creases of the elbows and knees are the most common areas.
Eczema can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory lotions, but if these don’t get it under control, you need to come see us at Deschutes if these symptoms develop:
• If your rash becomes crusty or develops pus-filled blisters • If over-the-counter remedies don’t improve the condition • If you have a family history of eczema and develop a rash
How we treat it
Infantile eczema isn’t difficult for us to deal with. We identify the cause of the skin irritation and help develop ways for the parents to avoid future contact with it. Keeping the baby’s skin moisturized is also important.
For adult eczema, a good skin care regimen can be effective. But we may prescribe stronger medicines: hydrocortisone, antibiotics, antihistamines, corticosteroids, immunosuppressants, and prescription-strength moisturizers. Ultraviolet light therapy can also be used.
If you think you may have eczema, call us at Deschutes, 541-330-0900, and let’s take a look at it.