Underarm Sweating

Underarm Sweating

Underarm Sweating

What underarm sweating?

Axillary hyperhidrosis 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 hyperhidrosis sweat profusely from their armpits, staining shirts and interfering drastically with their ability to socialize. Many people with axillary hyperhidrosis cannot wear any tight blouses or shirts. They have to avoid light coloured or white shirts which show the sweat stains. You will often see a person with axillary hyperhidrosis wearing a coat, jacket, or sweater in a seemingly hot environment. Prior to the use of neuromodulators, largely ineffective measures were available. These included iontophoresis (electric current passed through the skin), topical aluminium, salts, and Clonidine oral medication. Luckily, therapeutic neuromodulator treatments target the same acetylcholine neurotransmitter found in the nerve-muscle junction and nerve-sweat gland junction.

What can be done?

  • Neuromodulators 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.