Sweating is a natural phenomenon that helps the body cool off. While the bad news is that 2-3% of the population suffers from excessive underarm sweating or hyperhidrosis, the good news is there are a number of effective and approved methods to control the problem. So, there is absolutely no need to be embarrassed, anxious, or stressed about it because you are not alone with the problem and there are scores of people who have been able to successfully treat this problem and are leading carefree and normal lives.
In most cases, excessive underarm sweating occurs in people who are otherwise healthy. It can be due to the heat and even emotions are known to trigger hyperhidrosis in some. Heredity, medications like aspirin and acetaminophen (NSAIDs), hyperthyroidism, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, infections like Tuberculosis, AIDS, pneumonia, cancer of the lymph nodes and blood cancer can also lead to excessive underarm sweating.
There are a number of different over-the-counter or prescription lotions, roll-ons, special sprays, and antiperspirants available that can help address mild cases of underarm sweating. Prescription-strength antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride hexahydrate.
- A few medications and drugs are also known to prevent the sweat glands from kicking into action. Treatments like Iontophoresis that uses low-level electrical impulses to temporarily disable the sweat glands also help people address this problem.
- For moderate to severe cases of excessive underarm sweating, BTX injections are highly recommended and proven to cure excessive underarm sweating that does not respond to antiperspirants, they are effective in over 95% of cases. Treatment using these injections involves several tiny injections into the armpit area; it costs as little as $2 a day and is also covered under Medicare. The best part is that this procedure is not associated with any downtime, it takes just 5 minutes, and irrespective of the severity of the problem, sweating remarkably reduces within a week or two of the procedure. Most people are given 2 injections a year; Medicare will pay for up to 3 treatments and the effect lasts for 6-7 months on an average.
- Another approved treatment for excessive underarm sweating are Botox injections that temporarily stop the nerves from triggering excessive sweating. However, when compared to BTX injections that are cost-effective and affordable, people usually shy away from Botox as it can be prohibitive if your insurance doesn’t cover it.
- Surgery is one of the last resorts for some people and it includes the surgical removal of some of the sweat glands or cutting a nerve in the chest that triggers excessive sweating.
While there is no cure for primary focal hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating, as you can see, there are several ways to control the problem and the treatment option depends on the severity of the problem. All it needs is a well-informed and judicious approach when it comes to treating the problem and finding the best possible solution that works for you after consulting a medical professional.