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Excessive Underarm Sweating

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

These days, more and more people find themselves troubled with excessive sweating, especially in their underarm area. 

While sweating is normal and in some ways necessary for our health, some people do not necessarily know where to attribute this condition from. It becomes questionable when it starts to have a negative impact on your lifestyle and daily routine. 

Others may be aware of the cause but find that there’s no use in doing something about it at the moment. 

Underarm excessive sweating, also called axillary hyperhidrosis, is an uncontrollable, annoying, embarrassing, and isolating problem. It normally causes a lot of social and physiological problems, including the discomfort of sweat running down your sides to the embarrassment of obvious sweat stains to the fear of being “discovered,” uncontrollable underarm sweating treatment can feel like it’s taking over your life.

What causes excessive underarm sweating?

Sweating is a natural occurrence. As a matter of fact, it is your body’s way of keeping your temperature in check and keeping you cool. 

Also referred to as our natural air conditioner, this is why when you’re getting overheated, like when you’ve been exercising or because it’s a warm day, your body sweats and then the sweat evaporates off of your skin, which helps to regulate your overall body temperature.

How is excessive underarm sweating treated?

The best thing about excessive underarm sweating is that there are a lot of safe treatments available. These treatments work well. You also have a number of options to choose from and can even combine them to be more effective. 


It may be time to ditch your standard deodorant and switch to antiperspirant. Deodorant might kill the odor under your arms, but it’s not designed to stop you from sweating completely.

Antiperspirants both kill odor-causing bacteria and actively block your sweat glands from producing underarm sweat. This could help alleviate your discomfort.


Another treatment option, miraDry, is a different approach to eliminating axillary hyperhidrosis (underarm excessive sweating) and was cleared by the US FDA in January 2011. 

While miraDry is promising for those who suffer from underarm sweating, it cannot be used to treat excessive sweating in any other area just yet. There are still more research and tests to be done before this can be recommended.

Botulinum toxin

Another treatment option for heavy sweating is injections of botulinum toxin A (Anti Wrinkle Injection), the same medicine used for wrinkles. Anti Wrinkle Injection is FDA-approved for treating excessive sweating of the underarms, but some doctors may also use it on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. This is also known to be the most effective treatment for sweat, as the effects can last for as long as 6 months.

There are a lot of ways on how people can address this kind of problem. Say for example you are having trouble dealing with excessive sweating underarm, you can start by simply rechecking yourself and the kind of lifestyle that you have at the moment. This means that if you are stressed most of the time, you might want to give yourself a break in the meantime.

If you happen to be very active but feel that you are unable to live up to the kind of activity that you have, thus causing yourself to sweat too much, then you might also want to do something about it.

Not many people realize that other than their lifestyle, the kinds of food that they eat is also necessary for determining the cause of their excessive sweating in the underarm. It has been said and it has also been proven that a lot of people who sweat a lot are those people who are fond of eating spicy foods. The spicier the foods are, the more prone people get to sweating excessively.

Whatever is the cause of your excessive sweating, it is a good thing to know that there is always something that you can do about it and it is never too late to do something about it. This just means that there are various ways on how you can stop and prevent this problem called experience excessive sweating. All you just have to do is have a change in lifestyle and also become more particular with the kinds of body products you are to use.

If you feel the need to do so, you might also want to consider consulting with a licensed doctor who can give you a more experienced tip on how to go about your hygiene problem. At Skin Club, we recommend initial consultations before any treatment. This allows us to have a closer look at your problem and know what the root cause is. This way, we can provide the best solution for you.


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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Melbourne, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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