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Sweaty armpits can affect all of us, men or women, old or young. The purpose of sweat is to normalize the temperature of our bodies. Sweating is perfectly normal and natural - even vital - but excess sweat can still be embarrassing in public situations. The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhidrosis. Axillary hyperhidrosis refers to excess armpit sweating. About 1% of us experience this condition.


There are two types of hyperhidrosis - primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is normally caused by genetic factors, and usually begins in adolescence. Anxiety, nervousness and consumption of caffeine and nicotine can all exacerbate the symptoms of this condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis can occur at any time of life. Normally, this condition occurs as a result of thyroid disorders, diabetes, gout, mellitus, menopause or the consumption of certain types of drugs. Additionally, if you regularly wear tight clothing, this might also cause difficulties with the proper perspiration of the underarms.Treatment

One easy step that one can take to combat sweaty armpits is to avoid wearing clothes that are too tight. Loose clothing allows air to circulate properly, which helps to reduce armpit sweating.

If you apply apple cider vinegar to the underarms, this might help provide relief from sweaty armpits. This substance does have a strong odor, however, so it might be advisable to apply it overnight. Make sure to wash the armpits clean in the morning. Lemon juice applied to the armpits will perform a similar function to apple cider vinegar. Rub a small slice of lemon under the arm; this will also cure the foul smell that the sweat causes.

A healthy diet might also help one to reduce sweat production. Try to eat as many fruits, vegetables and fiber as you can. This will effectively detoxify the body, which will help get rid of the smell of dry sweat. Limit consumption of spicy, fried foods.

Stress and anxiety might also cause excess sweat, so it might be useful to practice certain techniques that will aid relaxation. Examples of this include yoga, deep breathing and meditation.

Oral medication might be used to treat overly sweaty armpits. These drugs normally contain anticholinergic, propantheline bromide or benztropine. Further to this, the administration of Botox to the sweat glands can temporarily reduce armpit sweating. Effects normally last 4 to 10 months.

If all else fails, surgery is a last ditch treatment. Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy is the kind of surgery performed when it comes to sweat reduction.

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