Axillary Hyperhidrosis (The Underarms)

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Axillary Hyperhidrosis occurs in the armpits, where the apocrine glands are located. These glands are particularly efficient sweat producers, with the by-product they manufacture being of a comparatively thicker consistency than your face or hands, as they excrete high volumes of protein from the body. It is not uncommon for sweat-stained garments to leave noticeable ‘rings’ around where the armpits are, which is a result of such proteins being expelled.

This condition is usually the result of over-activity in the apocrine glands themselves, which causes an abnormal amount of sweat to be produced. Axillary Hyperhidrosis can often be spotted in individuals from a young age, causing stress particularly in younger sufferers, who are unable to interact in a close manner with others. Like most forms of hyperhidrosis, excessive underarm sweating is likely the result of extenuating emotional factors, though it may well seem entirely idiopathic to those suffering from it.

A major drawback for sufferers of excessive armpit sweating is the unpleasant smell that is created by the process, which adds to the associated discomfort and anxiety caused by this condition. When sweat is first excreted, it as actually virtually odorless and will be barely noticeable to the human nose. But it is sweat interacting with bacteria that causes the undesirable smell, which is known as Bromhidrosis.

Unfortunately for sufferers of Axillary Hyperhidrosis is that they will not be able to avoid Bromhidrosis occurring, no matter how much deodorant or antiperspirant they may apply, as the apocrine glands will excrete sweat regardless. So, to try an control such unwanted side-effects, it is recommended that sufferers regularly wash with anti-bacterial soap in a bid to try and stave off the inevitable reaction.

Like most other forms of Hyperhidrosis, antiperspirants are associated as the go-to cure for this particular condition, with over-the-counter products being the starting point. If these are not successful in reducing the symptoms, then prescription-strength alternatives can be considered, though they are likely to cause great irritation.

If antiperspirants do not give you any relief from Axillary Hyperhydrosis, then Botox injections should be considered, as they dramatically reduce sweating. In a clinical study where 322 patients with Axillary Hyperhidrosis received Botox injections, 81% of the patients achieved more than a 50% reduction in sweating, with 50% of all patients having their symptoms relieved for at least 201 days thereafter.

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