Excessive Underarm Sweating

Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Axillary hyperhidrosis is the medical term for sweaty armpits, where excessive sweating is localised to the armpits. If sweating in this area has not been responsive to the use of various antiperspirants, provided your condition meets with strict Medicare requirements – you could be eligible to have this problem treated with injections of muscle relaxants.

The reduction in sweating varies with the individual and the duration of action can be between 4 to 6 months.

How we treat axillary hyperhidrosis

Diluted muscle relaxant (the medication binds to the nerve receptors on your sweat glands to stop their activation, over time new nerve receptors grow and so the sweating response returns) is delivered by a number of fine needle injections into your armpit.

Medicare claims

Medicare does not provide subsidy for excessive sweating in other areas of the body including hands and feet. If your excessive sweating is of recent onset or is generalised you should see your local doctor to have appropriate investigations to rule out underlying causes of excessive sweating.

If you are needle phobic there are a number of oral medications that may be of benefit in reduction of sweating.

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