Excessive underarm sweating is known as axillary hyperhidrosis. Approximately two to three percent of people suffer from the condition and it can be very embarrassing.
- Problems usually start around puberty
- Palm and sole sweating lay also accompany excessive underarm sweating
- Sweating can stain clothes or it can be clear
- The sweating may also be accompanied by body odor.
Excessive Underarm Sweating Causes
- There are a number of conditions that can lead to hyperhidrosis in individuals
- More often than not though, the condition affects perfectly healthy individuals
- Most people will be able to pinpoint certain triggers for their condition including stress and heat.
- There are also cases where people with the condition continue to sweat even with no apparent reason.
How to Prevent Excessive Underarm Sweating
There are a number of treatments that can be used with hyperhidrosis. These include:
- Antiperspirants – patients are encouraged to try over the counter antiperspirants first before going to the doctor to get the prescription strength antiperspirants.
- Oral Medication – there are certain prescription drugs that may be able to address a patient’s hyperhidriosis if topical antiperspirants do not work.
- Botox – the toxin is injected into the armpit to prevent sweating
- Surgery – a procedure called the symphathectomy is the last resort when it comes to trying to control excessive underarm sweating.
Excessive Underarm Sweating Home Remedies
In addition to the conventional treatments mentioned, patients may also choose to use natural alternatives to treating the condition.
- All-Natural Antiperspirants – many companies have come up with all natural and organic antiperspirants.
- Vinegar or lemon juice applied to the armpits – apply the vinegar at night and wash it off in the morning. Then apply deodorant.
- Weight loss – obesity can be a contributing factor to hyperhidrosis and weight loss can help to reduce the symptoms.
- Wear breathable clothing – this keeps the body cool and prevents it from overheating.
- Alum – this has long been used in the treatment of axillary over sweating. It comes in different forms and can also be found in some commercial antiperspirants. It also helps control body odor. When using crystals, smooth out edges to prevent cuts.
- Alcohol – This should be applied to unbroken skin. 70% alcohol will help dry out the skin on the underarms, it also helps prevent body odor through disinfection of the skin. When using alcohol put it in a spray bottle for easier application.
- Baking Soda – this leaves a residue, but it is helpful in controlling smell and sweating