Antiperspirants / Deodorants
For mild to moderate cases axillary sweating or otherwise known as armpit sweating, there are medicated and non medicated topical products. One can try those available in regular stores supermarkets etc. The medicated antiperspirant such as drysol are available with prescription. This product is an alluminum hydrocloride product and it can help with severe cases of armpit sweating.
Maxim which is a non prescription topical antiperspirant as well. Maxim has a more balanced PH which makes it easier to use and it does not cause that much discomfort to the user. To view the Maxim site visit coradhealthcare.com. Those antiperspirant lotions such as Drysol (Aluminum chloride compounds can be used also for excessive hand sweating) This requires an application at night and putting plastic gloves to contain the product from getting onto clothing or sheets. There is a need for repeated applications and obviously the results for severe cases are somewhat limited.
Certain Dry® is another aluminum chloride type product and it’s available in different concentrations from 15% to 20%. This product also comes in a spray form and might give some help. For the higher concentrations a prescription is needed.
Sympathectomy when it is done for the hand sweating also helps in the majority of cases of severe axillary sweating. About 75% of the patients will report total or almost total cessation of axillary sweating. Some surgeons report that performing ETS only for axillary hyperhidrosis is the right operation but this particular advice is being challenged by other surgeons such as The Center for Hyperhidrosis.
Axillary suction currettage combined with sub dermal laser ablation is a new modality in which small suction tubes as well as laser canulas are inserted into the subcutaneous layers within the armpit area and through repeated motions sweat glands can be sucked, curetted and destroyed in an attempt to reduce as many sweat glands as possible. The long-term success rate is in the range of 85%. It should be mentioned that even with the surgical excision of the armpit skin surgeons were not able to get 100% success rate. The reason for recurrences is not totally understood.