Axillary Hyperhidrosis (armpit sweating)

Axillary hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the armpit can accompany palmar hyperhidrosis or present alone. The cause of embarrassment of many, having sweaty armpits can definitely be a big turn off. A person’s armpits are actually the most notorious spot where excessive sweating can take place.

Individuals who suffer from excessive armpit sweating usually get the following signs and symptoms:

  • Wetness and odor
  • Staining of clothing
  • Rotting of clothing

Consequently, they can be emotionally affected and be socially withdrawn to avoid embarrassment.

Similar with other kinds of hyperhidrosis, having excessive armpit sweating is also associated to a psychological aspect. It is definitely unsightly to have sweat literally streaming down your armpits as this can cause some unsightly marks on your clothe and worse, it can even cause a bad odor that might affect your life. However, even though the condition is said to be non-responsive to most antiperspirants and deodorants, there are still other treatment options that can be used. Commonly, Botox and sweat-controlling medications are recommended. Your doctor will be able to help you choose as to which treatment option will be perfect for your case, and there are also surgical procedures that can help cure the condition.

ETS may be used in treating axillary hyperhidrosis especially if it is accompanied by palmar hyperhidrosis. Isolated axillary hyperhidrosis has also been successfully treated by ETS, however this increases the chance of post-operative compensatory sweating.

Dr. Farshad Malekmehr is a board-certified cardiovascular surgeon. He has a special interest in treating patients with Hyperhidrosis. Request an appointment online or call (818) 925-4152.