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How to Treat and Cure Axillary Hyperhidrosis - Stop Armpit Sweating Now

Updated on May 26, 2009

What is Axillary Hyperhidrosis?

Axillary hyperhidrosis?!  What's that?!  It's more common than you think.

Axillary hyperhidrosis, commonly referred to as overactive armpit sweating, is a leading cause of embarassment among adults.  Sweaty armpits are unattractive  and oderous, so what can be done to stop axillary hyperhidrosis?  What are the treatments and cures for axillary hyperhidrosis?  Well stay tuned, 'cause I'm here to help you out.

Out in the lumberyard, us lumberjacks get quite sweaty.  Just the other day I had to take my flannel shirt off due to the intense heat of a scorching sun.  Javier, a fellow lumberjack, was kind enough to point out that I was suffering from a severe case of axillary hyperhidrosis.  At that moment it dawned on me that I should devote my life to curing axillary hyperhidrosis.  Goodbye armpit sweat!  This work is the culmination of my years of study on the causes and cures of axillary hyperhidrosis.

Causes of Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating can be caused by heat, emotions, and a variety of neurological, metabolic, and systematic diseased.  Hyperhidrosis generally occurs in the completely healthy, however.  The exact causes of axillary hyperhidrosis in healthy individuals is currently unknown, but don't worry.  Millions of brave scientists are working on a cure for axillary hydrosis as you read.  Never give up hope.

Treatments for Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Currently there are a variety of treatments for hyperhidrosis. Some are over the counter, but most you will need to see your physician for a prescription.

Over-the-Counter Anti-Persipirants

At nearly every convenience store, drug store, and supermarket, antiperspirants are typically coupled with deodorants and contain aluminum chloride to block the sweat ducts and stop hyperhidrosis. OTC Antipersipirants should be tried first, as they are quick and readily available.

Prescription Anti-Persipirants

Available only with a doctor's prescription, these antipersipirants contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate, a more potent version of ordinary OTC antipersipirants. If these don't stop your excessive armpit sweat, then you will need to try more drastic measures.

Oral Hyperhidrosis Medications

Anticholinergic drugs, such as glycopyrrolate (brand name Robinul), can be taken to prevent sweating, but they frequently have bad side effects and are only recommended for the most severe cases.

Iontophoresis for Hyperhidrosis

Iontophoresis is a procedure that involves passing ionized water over the skin to prevent sweating.  It is painless, at home, and an effective treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis.  Your doctor can prescribe a machine to purchase.

Botox Injections

Injections of the botulism toxin into the armpit to paralyze the sweat glands has recently been approved by the FDA.

Surgery - A Risky Cure for Axillary Hyperhidrosis

As a very last resort, a surgeon can destroy some of the nerves responsible for sweating with a procedure called thoracic sympathectomy.  This procedure carries high risk, as it can sometimes increase sweating and cause heart and lung problems.  It is not recommended, but available.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis Wisdom

No athlete is crowned but in the sweat of his brow. - Saint Jerome

Check out the products to the right, such as Drysol. These are some examples of strong, prescription strength antiperspirants to help stop your sweating!


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      Muhadjer 3 years ago

      my husband has emzcea and it used to be so bad that i would go sleep on the sofa because he would keep me up all night scratching. but now it is all gone. after she gets out of the shower she needs to put lotion on her body while still damp. the bath soap should be changed to a soap without fragrance we use White Dove bar soap , because that is what the dr. told us to use. she needs to trim her nails short so she won't itch her skin. so yes she might have a mild case but emzcea is something that never really goes away. it can come from dry air, stress, soaps, food, you won't be able to tell until you have an allergy test. hope i helped

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      Zafer 3 years ago

      eczema or dermatitis in pcenganry ?I had never had any kind of rashs in my whole life until i fell pregnant with my first child 2 years ago.. a small part of my forearm started coming up with an itchy spot like rash but seemed to only come and go and didn't get too bad. Ever since i had my baby it has come and gone in the same spot but cleared up a lot. I am now 5 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and it has come back but heaps worse this time, its spread across my arm and i have another rash type thing on my other shoulder. They are both very itchy and sore. Ive looked at pictures of eczema and dermatitis on the net and it looks pretty much the same. Im going to the doctor this week to see what can be done about it. Has anyone ever had this flare up in pcenganry? if so what did you do and did it cause any other problems.?(sorry, i know that was a long one) =)

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      Yaritza 6 years ago

      I have been suffering with excessive underarm sweating my whole life, I have seen a handful of doctors and tried everything I can think of. I recently started using a product called 1-2Dry and it has been working really great. It absorbs all the sweat in these little comfortable pads that go under my clothes- which ensures no one can see it and I don't get any embarrassing stains! Hope this might help others with my same problem!

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      max 6 years ago

      how much does surgery cost

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      moi 7 years ago

      I got the surgery and it cured me and changed my life with minimal risks beyond the risk of any surgery. It is for more extreme cases, and not just if you have overly sweaty pits.

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      Sweating Guide 8 years ago

      Great hub!

      I want to second the warning about doing surgery to stop sweating. it's NOT a good idea, oftentimes it doesn't even work (and can make the problem a lot more serious). Do a bit of research about it online if you consider this option, I am quiet confident that you'll see for yourself that it's just too dangerous.

      I have written about ETS here also:

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      Hyperhidrosis Treatments 8 years ago

      Thanks for this great site - I wasn't aware of the "Hyperhidrosis Medical Guide" that you recommend here, I am going to get this.


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