What underarm sweating?
Axillary hyperhydrosis is a condition where abnormal sweating occurs in the armpits without excessive sweating on the rest of the body. This can be produced by stressful situations, medication, heat, or occur spontaneously. Underarm sweating can be inconvenient and embarrassing but treatments are available.
People with axillary hyperhydrosis sweat profusely from their armpits, staining shirts, and interfering drastically with their ability to socialize. Many people with axillary hyperhydrosis cannot wear any tight blouses or shirts. They have to avoid light colored or white shirts which show the sweat stains. You will often see a person with axillary hyperhydrosis wearing a coat, jacket, or sweater in a seemingly hot environment. Prior to the use of botulinum toxin, largely ineffective measures were available. These included iontophoresis (electric current passed through the skin), topical aluminum, salts, and Clonidine oral medication. Luckily, botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox Therapeutic) targets the same acetylcholine neurotransmitter found in nerve-muscle junction and nerve-sweat gland junction.
What can be done?
- Botulinum toxin (e.g. Botox Therapeutic) injected in tiny amounts to the armpits can keep this area bone-dry for approximately six months. This procedure is often reimbursed by extended health companies through the Allergan Access Program.