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How is excessive armpit sweating treated?

Some patients experience hyperhidrosis limited to the armpits (axillae). In those situations there are several treatment options, both surgical and nonsurgical. We recommend patients try a topical regimen such as Drysol initially. If that fails to adequately control symptoms, then axillary Botox can be effective.

A surgical option when there is only axillary hyperhidrosis is surgical removal of the axillary sweat glands. Through small incisions in the axillary skin crease, the dominant sweat-producing areas are removed. This procedure is done as an outpatient; there is very little discomfort aside from the incisions. In suitable candidates this can permanently and effectively reduce embarrassing sweating in the armpits.

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