Axillary hyperhidrosis represents the excessive sweating of the underarms (sweaty underarms). This condition is usually accompanied by palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive hand sweating. Axillary hyperhidrosis may occur in the presence of stimuli like emotional distress and anxiety, but often it doesn’t have to be triggered by them. The sympathetic nerves that control the activity of the sweat glands produce an excessive amount of sweat and this leads to sweaty underarms.
The problems associated with excessive underarm sweating are more of a social connotation. This condition cannot be controlled by the patient. The involuntary occurrence of sweaty armpits poses a threat to the person’s social status and activity. Although the negative effects of excessive underarm sweating are not as important, they are still disturbing, and, in combination with other forms of hyperhidrosis, can destroy the balance of a person’s social life.
The treatment of excessive underarm sweating turns, at first, to medical deodorants, which can prove to be very effective. When the condition is more severe, the surgical resection of the sweat glands can be performed. Sympathectomy can also prove to be effective in treating axillary hyperhidrosis.