Today let’s talk about deodorants. Almost all of us try to avoid smells when we are around people in society, which is body odour caused by bacterial breakdown of perspiration. So we apply deodorant or roll on a stick to decrease the production of sweat by blocking the pores.
Most of the deos contain alcohol or a stronger anti-bacterial agent called triclosan. Scientists have been researching whether roll-ons are safe to be used.
Effects of roll-ons
1. They contain estrogenic compounds which may lead to overgrowth of breast tissue and can cause breast cancer.
2. Roll-ons contain parabens. We all are well aware of the effects of parabens on our health and skin if used frequently.
3. Some ingredients cause redness, skin irritation.
4. Underarm skin can turn dark.
5. Rashes are a common effect of using roll-ons.
6. The stick roll-ons contain anti-perspiring agents that block the pores. High usage of the anti-perspiring ingredient aluminium can damage the DNA and affect the sweat glands adversely.
Symptoms of Blocked Sweat Gland
- Painful Bumps and Smell. You may notice small red and painful bumps. They are like blisters and can break open and drain. You may notice a foul smell coming from them. Symptoms with these bumps include burning, more sweat than normal, and itching.
- Open Lesions. There may be open sores that take time to heal. They often leak fluid. They can lead to “tunnelling” under the surface of the skin and scarring after they heal.
- Blackheads. Certain areas of the skin may contain crops of blackheads. These crops always have two together, which is common in this disease.
- Pea-sized Lumps – There can be pea-sized lumps embedded under your skin. They sometimes become enlarged, inflamed and do not go away for years.
Possible Complications of Blocked Sweat Gland in Armpit
If you have the above symptoms, you should see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. If hidradenitis supperativa is left untreated, complications can develop including:
- Scarring or permanent skin damage. If you have a severe case, you may notice long twisting scars, pitting, or permanently discoloured patches of skin.
- Decreased lymph drainage. You may have a lesion near a lymph node and develop scar tissue in the area. This can block the lymph channels and prevent them from draining properly. This can cause swelling to the genitals, arms, or legs.
- Reduced ability to move an extremity. If you have to swell in an area, open lesions, or even scar tissue you may have trouble moving your arm or leg.
- Withdrawal and depression. Depending on the appearance and possible odour of drainage, these things may cause you to withdraw from social activities. The emotional impact can lead to depression over time.
- Other complications include skin cancer, Joint pains and inflammation, malaise, and Fistula formation.
Home Remedies for Blocked Sweat Gland
1) Lose weight. This can help prevent excess sweating and the rubbing of body parts.
2) Don’t smoke. Smoking can increase inflammation in the body.
3) Do not shave. Shaving the armpits or groin can rub bacteria into the glands.
4) No perfumes or deodorant. If you have lesions, do not use deodorant or perfumes in the affected area.
5) Wear loose clothing made of 100% cotton to keep you from sweating.
6) Use hot compresses. Try a hot and moist compress on the area to help the lesions drain. This can also help relieve pressure from swelling.
7) Avoid getting too hot. Try to keep your skin cool to prevent sweating. Stay away from heat sources, saunas and exercise gently when it is warm.
8) Keep the area clean and dry. Use a good antibacterial soap when you shower to keep your skin free of germs. In most cases, bacteria are not a problem but in chronic disease it should be kept clear.
9) Keep the groin area cool and clean. Hidradenitis suppurativa groin refers to frequent boils in the groin. If this occurs, make sure you wear cotton underwear and keep your groin area clean and dry.