According to medical literature, axillary hyperhidrosis is common among 2%-10% of world population.
This phenomenon, mostly burdening the young population (let’s say up to the age of 35), and dealing with it is hard. Some older people also suffer from it.
There are two types of sweat glands: the Apocrine glands and the Eccrine glands. The Eccrine glands are the sweat glands responsible for axillary hyperhidrosis. The Apocrine glands are the glands that create the smell.
First of all, we must define what hyperhidrosis is.
It’s possible to define it as a situation, in which a person sweats disproportionally to the physical activity he is engaged in, without any kind of dependency on temperature and humidity conditions he is in.
Some people complain about bad disgusting smell, which stems from 2 reasons: one is over-secretion from smell glands, and of course, over-secretion from sweat glands.
The second reason is bacteria and fungus activity, and inability to maintain good hygiene.
If you sweat more than the average person, you’re probably aware of how hard it is to control sweating. Severe sweating in the armpits can be extremely embarrassing, and the bad odor makes it even worse. Axillary hyperhidrosis may lead to psychological problems, such as phobia and low self esteem.
According to medical researchers, the exact cause of axillary hyperhidrosis is unknown, although there is evidence of over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system as the factor.
Some efficient treatments are available. Some of them could assist in blocking sweat, and others are meant to treating the cause of sweat.
The known stimulants of axillary hyperhidrosis include:
- Certain medications, such as painkillers and antibiotics.
- Caffeine and sugar.
- Hot & spicy food.
- Low hygiene.
- Medical conditions such as anxiety or diabetes.