Excessive Underarm Perspiration - Is a Cure Possible?
July 5, 2012
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- James Chambers
Axillary hyperhidrosis is the medical terms used to describe excessive
underarm perspiration. Typically a person suffering from this
condition will complain that the sweat actually forms ‘pools’ in
the underarms usually but not always accompanied by an unpleasant
odor. Underarm perspiration stain removal from clothes becomes
a daily routine and sufferers avoid wearing certain fabrics and colors
but that is only part of the problem. On a more serious level
sweating causes acute social embarrassment and sends many people
into depression because their self-esteem reaches such low
To explore the reasons for excessive underarm perspiration it is
necessary to realize that in most cases axillary hyperhidrosis
is a primary condition i.e. a condition that is either genetic
or inherent. So why do these people sweat so much? Under normal circumstances
sweating is the human body’s way of regulating temperature.
As sweat evaporates from the surface of our skin the body temperature
The body has over 3 million sweat glands that produce sweat under
instructions from the sympathetic nervous system which sends neural
signals to the glands via a chemical called acetylcholine. However
in the case of excessive underarm perspiration the glands produce
far more sweat than is required to cool the body. Sweat production
may increase owing to a number of stress factors both physical and
emotional. Other contributing factors include eating certain kinds
of food intake of alcohol smoking and external temperature changes.
Is a cure possible?
At this point the conventional methods of treating the problem
of excessive underarm sweating can successfully monitor and in some
cases cure the condition but each has its negative effects which
means there is no single recorded cure for underarm sweating. In
order to understand why none of these methods are foolproof we need
to study them in some detail:
Topical Treatments: Both over the counter and prescription antiperspirants
have been used to treat mild to moderately severe cases of underarm
perspiration. Typically these antiperspirants plug the pores on
the surface of the skin thus preventing sweat from reaching the
surface. Branded antiperspirants containing chemicals like aluminum
chloride hexahydrate formalin glutaraldehyde and tannic acid have
been used in the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis.
However all the chemicals have potentially negative side effects.
For instance formalin not only smells bad but may also cause contact
dermatitis in a significant number of users. Similarly glutaraldehyde
while a potentially viable treatment method for hyperhidrosis of
the feet and hands is virtually useless when it comes to acute underarm
sweating because it causes brownish stains on the skin which can
cause socially embarrassing situations. Again tannic acid is even
less effective than glutaraldehyde and can also cause discolor the
Besides even the strongest antiperspirants need to be applied continuously
in various doses over a long period of time because they do not represent
a one-time solution. Put simply pores that have been clogged unclog
over time necessitating a repeat dose.
Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis most commonly involves the administering
of mild electrical shocks to the underarm to thicken the skin and
thus reduce the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. The patient
usually immerses the affected part of the body in tap water through
which the electrical current then passes. However using iontophoresis
to treat severe underarm sweating is an extremely cumbersome process
and besides not everyone is eligible for this treatment. Among those
for whom iontophoresis is not recommended are pregnant and nursing
women cardiac patients and epileptics.
Botulinum injection: Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by
the anaerobic bacterium clostridium botulinum which commonly causes
food poisoning. Marketed under the trade name Botox by Allergan Inc
the toxin prevents the release of acetylcholine when injected into
the area that is experiencing excessive sweating. As of now however
the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Botox
in the treatment of acute underarm sweating or axillary hyperhidrosis
only so any medical practitioner who advertises Botox treatment
for hyperhidrosis in other areas is immediately suspect.
How does Botox work? Well both the underarms receive an injection
of 50-200 units of Botox usually under local anesthesia. For those
who dread injections we have to say that underarm injections are
not particularly painful though injections in the palms and soles
are definitely so. The effects of the Botox injections in the underarms
are usually felt in 2-4 days and most patients report a high success
rate. The minimizing of perspiration also rids a patient of underarm
odor which is doubly satisfying.
However a huge drawback of Botox treatment is that it has only
limited effect. A repeat dose may be required as early as 4 months
after the first though the average patient reports that the effects
of the first injection last approximately 6 months. Additionally
though higher doses of Botox can lengthen that timeframe it will
push up what is already a very expensive treatment as well as leave
the patient vulnerable to antibody formation. Also as with iontophoresis
pregnancy lactation and motor neuron disease disqualify a patient
from receiving Botox injections.
Surgery: The most usual form of surgery to control excessive underarm
perspiration is ETS (Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy) but it should
only be viewed as a last resort. The two most performed versions
of ETS are clipping and cutting. In the clipping method a titanium
clip is placed across a section of the sympathetic nerves to hamper
the transmission of signals to the sweat glands. A variation of this
method is the graduated clipping where the titanium clip is placed
in a ‘graduated’ manner so that neural transmissions
are affected but the nerve is not crushed. This kind of clipping
is thought to potentially leave the way open for the nerve to reactivate
itself if the clip is removed.
In the cutting method the sympathetic nerves are cut using sharp
scissors. This technique is easier to perform than clipping but
it can potentially damage surrounding tissues and nervous structures
and is an irreversible process. Besides there is a greater risk
of compensatory sweating (sweating in other larger areas of the
body) and other side effects such as internal bleeding and neck pain.
As you can see therefore there is no completely foolproof and
safe method to cure underarm sweating. The best methods would thus
seem to be to use natural antiperspirants like alum and establishing
a personal hygiene routine that would minimize sweat accumulation
and by extension bacterial growth. There are also a number of natural
deodorants on the market that can combat the problem of excessive
underarm perspiration without causing any lasting or temporary damage
to your system.
Additionally you can take certain basic steps like avoiding the
foods that cause you to sweat excessively and choose clothing materials
that are naturally cool. That means avoiding synthetic fibers and
concentrating on natural fabrics.