How To Control Excessive Underarm Sweating

Excessive underarm sweating is a different story altogether. It has nothing to do with heat.

Excessive underarm sweating or Axillary Hyperhidrosis is primarily caused because of over activity in the sympathetic nervous system.

The armpit area has two types of sweat glands – Eccrine and Apocrine. The odorless, clear sweat is produced by the Eccrine glands. They are not responsible for excessive underarm sweating.

The apocrine glands, on the other hand, are found in selective areas in the body. The underarms and the genital skin have apocrine glands.

These glands secrete sweat in hair follicles causing excessive underarm sweating.

The best way to avoid excessive underarm sweating is by drinking lots of water, wearing loose clothes and undertaking the right medication.

Attempts to control excessive underarm sweating should always start with conventional measures like Drysol, Maxim, Odaban, Drionic, Botox and others). However, these measures may not always be helpful to everyone.

Frankly, the exact cause of excessive underarm sweating depends on which form of Hyperhidrosis one is suffering from. General Hyperhidrosis generally occurs suddenly that may be triggered by medications, obesity, low blood sugar levels, illnesses such as endocarditis and lymphoma. Generally, after treatment of these underlying causes, excessive underarm sweating is cured.

However, in case of Focal Hyperhidrosis where the excessive sweating is concentrated in one specific region of the body like Axillary Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) you sweat for no apparent reason.

The cause of this condition is unknown though experts relate the cause to genetics. Certain home remedies are available. For example, change your diet. Avoid trigger foods like spicy curries, caffeine-heavy beverages, sugary desserts and hard-to-digest foods like raw vegetables, dairy products, red meat and fruits.

Homeopathic medicines work wonders for excessive underarm sweating. Applying Cornstarch, apple cider vinegar, black tea leaves and lemon juice on your armpit area helps in absorbing moisture, balance pH levels in the skin and counteracts odor thus reducing excessive underarm sweating.

Wear clothes made of natural fiber or clothes designed to absorb moisture. Take baths at regular intervals as they stop bacterial growth in your underarms. These measures help in mild cases of Axillary Hyperhidrosis. One has to resort to medicines to combat advanced levels of this problem.

Antiperspirants made from aluminium chloride form gel plugs on your sweat glands, reducing sweat production. Anticholinergic drugs block acetylcholine – the chemical that stimulates sweat gland production. Botox can provide long-term relief from excessive underarm sweating.

However, these drugs have serious side effects and must be taken after consulting a qualified doctor. Excessive underarm sweating can be controlled, not cured.

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