Increased sweating of the palms might cause difficulty in day to day activities and more so when person in times of stress like writing an exam. Severe underarm sweating is a medical condition known as severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, which involves overactive sweat glands. Sweat is your body’s temperature regulator. In severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, sweating significantly exceeds the body’s normal requirements for cooling.
Excessive sweating due to hyperhydrosis forces men and women to change their clothes every few hours, limits personal style, ruins fabrics, and erodes self-confidence. Our doctors can provide injectable treatment for excessive sweating, and have considerable experience in dealing with hyperhidrosis from the most common areas of the underarms, palms, forehead to even more complicated areas such as upper lip, nose, cheeks and feet.
Excessive sweating is embarrassing. It stains clothes, ruins romance, and complicates business and social interactions. In severe cases, excess sweat can have serious practical consequences as well, making it hard for people who suffer from it to hold a pen, grip a car steering wheel, or shake hands.
What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterised by excessive uncontrollable sweating in excess of the amount required to regulate body temperature. Primary hyperhidrosis has no discernible cause and may involve the axillae (armpits), palms (hands), soles (feet), face, and groin.
What is Axillary Hyperhidrosis?
Axilla is an anatomy term that refers to the underarm or armpit area. Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excessive underarm sweating. The exact cause of the condition is disputed. Some experts feel it has to do with the size of the sweat glands, some feel it is related to over-activity of the sweat glands and others feel it is stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.
What are the treatment options?
- Botox : The procedure is relatively straightforward. A small volume of botulinum toxin is approved for severe underarm sweating when topical agents don’t work. Botulinum toxin treatment helps control this condition by blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands don’t receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops.
You should notice a significant reduction in underarm sweating within four weeks of your first treatment. There is a possibility that some sweat glands may be missed, and you may continue to experience some sweating from the untreated areas.
- Laser treatment : most of the sweat glands in under arms are associated with the hair, when long pulsed Nd YAG laser is passed in the region the glands also get destroyed with the heat generated and sweating reduces.
- Iontophoresis : passing of electrical energy with help of ioninic charges helps to damage the sweat producing glands and thereby reducing the sweating
- Liposuction : removing the sweat glands along with the fat in the underarms is one of the best surgical mode of treatment for axillary hyperhidrosis.