An estimated one percent of the population suffers from profuse armpit sweating, known medically as axillary hyperhidrosis. Individuals with this form of hyperhidrosis often experience excessive and unpredictable underarm sweating that is not suppressed with traditional over-the-counter deodorants. Many patients with excessive armpit sweating also experience palmar hyperhidrosis (sweaty palms) and plantar hyperhidrosis (sweaty feet).
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned thoracic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive management of excessive sweating. Patients treated for hyperhidrosis at our state-of-the-art outpatient center in Beverly Hills receive the highest quality of care and exceptional outcomes. To learn more about the causes of the condition or to schedule a consultation with an expert thoracic surgeon, contact us today at (888) 349-1398.
If you would like to know more about hyperhidrosis, please visit WebMD’s hyperhidrosis portal page.
The Impact of Sweaty Armpits
Over time, sweaty armpits can affect an individual both physically and emotionally. Constant underarm sweating may produce a distinct body odor that is difficult to mask, even with the strongest deodorants. Individuals may feel the need to carry extra shirts with them or change throughout the day to avoid the embarrassment of armpit stains. Left untreated, sweaty armpits can cause a person to avoid social gestures entirely and may lead to decreased confidence, anxiety, and depression. By resolving excessive sweating, treatment for hyperhidrosis usually reverses these emotional concerns.
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How Can I Stop Excessive Armpit Sweating?
Before seeking medical help for profuse sweating of the armpits, many people may have spent years trying different over-the-counter antiperspirants. Once you have been diagnosed with axillary diagnosis, the first line of treatment is typically a prescription strength topical deodorant. These antiperspirants have a much higher concentration of the active ingredients needed to block sweating. When underarm sweating does not respond to topical medication, patients have the option of undergoing Botox injections in their armpits. Botox is an FDA approved therapy for hyperhidrosis that can be very effective over short periods of time. However, repeat treatments are necessary to sustain blocked sweat production.
miraDry for Excessive Underarm Sweating
There is now a relatively new procedure called miraDry for the permanent treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. FDA-approved, miraDry is a safe and effective way to reduce underarm sweating significantly. miraDry is a non-surgical procedure that is performed in the doctor’s office. While prescription strength antiperspirants and Botox can be effective, they are temporary solutions to excessive armpit sweating. miraDry generally requires just 2 treatments and the results are permanent. While results vary from one patient to the next, patients have an average 82% reduction in sweating and most patients notice results immediately following treatment.
Contact a Thoracic Doctor Today!
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our team of thoracic surgeons are committed to providing comprehensive, individualized treatment plans for each patient. If you have been experiencing excessively sweaty armpits and would like to schedule a consultation with a highly qualified thoracic surgeon in Los Angeles, please call (888) 349-1398 or fill out our contact form.
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