By Debra E Dallas, PhD,MIfHI,CI
Chromhidrosis is so simple. For the life of me, I can not understand why this is such a mystery. There has only been one case at Dallas Wellness Center, but it only took two days to solve.
Researching Chromhidrosis revealed much hypothysis and opinion, but none of it made much sense. Why does deadening the apocrine sweat glands with Botox to make the patient cease to sweat make sense to anybody??
That is NOT getting to the root of the problem!
Or telling these poor people that they "Just have to live with it!"
That is unacceptable!!
Six months ago a woman came to Dallas Wellness Center with Chromhidrosis. Neither had I ever seen this phenomenon in the past or heard of it. She took out a cotton ball from her purse, wiped her forehead, and showed me a bright blue cotton ball. For the first time in my life, I was speechless. I asked her when this started happening and she told me after losing a pregnancy. I truly had no idea whatsoever, but I LOVE these challenges and I promised her I would obsess over this until I found an answer for her.
I took to the computer for some insight, to absolutely no avail. Yes, there was a name for this, and even some medical ideas for control, but these ideas were completely unacceptable:
Chromhidrosis, from the Greek word for colored sweat, is a rare condition in which people perspire a darkly pigmented sweat from specialized glands on the cheeks, under the arms and around the nipples. The pigment, called lipofuscin, is made from the breakdown products of blood and results in sweat that is usually brown or black, though there have been cases in which it is orange, red or green. Treatment provides only temporary relief. Topical capsaicin, a cream made from hot peppers, can reduce the release of this chromatic sweat, as can injections of botulinum toxin, or Botox. But basically, chromhidrosis is something that people simply have to learn how to live with. (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/think-like-a-doctor-the-blue-girl-solved/)
Description of Chromhidrosis
Chromhidrosis: A condition where sweat glands produced colored sweat due to such things as occupational exposure to copper.
Or this one:
Typically, chromhidrosis affects the apocrine glands due to production of higher than normal amounts of a yellow brown pigment called lipofuscin. The cause of this over production is unknown. Occasionally, people will develop eccrine chromhidrosis but it usually occurs because the person had ingested certain medication, dye or paint not because of a change of their pigment levels in their sweat glands.
Ok, enough madness. Here is how I came to my hypothesis, and solution.
The next day following the woman with Chromhidrosis coming to me, a plumber came to Dallas Wellness Center for an Ion Cleanse. We were chatting during his cleanse and he asked me how old the Center was and I told him it was built in 1964. He said, "So you must have copper pipes. Are they turning blue on you?" WHAT?? BLUE?? FIREWORKS!
Bingo! At that very second I knew exactly what it was and how to solve it.
Chromidrosis is oxidative stress in the apocrine glands. So, inside these glands these people are oxidizing the copper that they are sweating out. Normally we would simply sweat out these minerals to no avail. But if you have oxidative properties occurring with these minerals, wala, you have color. So, what to do about this? Live with it?!?!? I don’t think so...the answer is as simple as if you take antibiotics, you need probiotics.
If you are experiencing oxidative stress, you need antioxidants!! SIMPLE! I called the woman, told her to stop by a healthfood store and pick up a combination Antioxidant Formula; which she did. Each day she took it, she sweat less blue. In one week, the blue was gone. She is a very happy woman!!
Now I have only had one case, so the mechanism as to why this occurs, I can only guess. Possibly the stress from losing her baby, but I do not know for sure. I would need to talk to more Chromhidrosis people to come to a reasonable conclusion.
In all fairness and doing what is right, I just ran across this article in PUBMED which clearly shows I was not the first person to understand the mechanism of this disorder, 10/31/16 :