Now that my excessive underarm sweating has been curbed successfully by miraDry, I feel I can peacefully look back at the time when I suffered from hyperhidrosis and had no idea what to do about it…
My excessive sweating first manifested when I was in the fourth grade of elementary school. My underarm sweating was always at its worst during gym class, so I started lying that I don't feel well in order to avoid classes every once in a while… It all turned to be very stressful: half of the time I was teased and called “puddlestink”, my teacher soon called my parents to school because I started skipping gym class altogether… And so on. Eventually things calmed down when they realized what the problem is all about, and I was given strong antiperspirants. This was a far cry from miraDry, but it was a start!
Days turned into weeks, weeks into months and months into years. I lived and fought against sweaty armpits the best I could, with tons of antiperspirants and baggy black clothes that allowed my skin to breathe and cool off, and at the same time hid the sweat stains. Then, over a year ago, my mother called me to tell me about miraDry – a “revolutionary new procedure” that was set to cure me from excessive sweat. I was intrigued, and at the same time annoyed: over the years, I've come to accept hyperhidrosis as a part of me, and the idea that my mother wants me “fixed” somehow hurt me.
Yet, I figured that a bit of a wounded pride shouldn't stand in my way, and after some research, I decided that I will look for a doctor who can perform miraDry on me. Now, since I don't have his permission to write this, I will refrain from specific details, but I can say this: the procedure took a little longer than I expected, and was less painful than I expected (we used a low setting, though). Everyone was really nice to me, and I was very nervous and impatient to see if miraDry will turn out to be the thing.
It did! After my swelling was gone (it took 4-5 days for the worst to pass), I noticed that I still do sweat – but a lot, lot less! I talked to my friends and family, and they confirmed that my new sweating looks pretty much normal. This was a huge relief. Months later, I went for the second treatment.
Now, nearly a year later, the miraDry dryness is still with me. It feels as if someone opened the door of a cage I've lived in so far… It is a huge relief to be this free.