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Axillary Hyperhidrosis - What Is It?

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

Raymond Marsh a 26-year-old financial analyst from Akron Ohio has a problem. He can’t wear white shirts. Why? Well every time he does large sweat rings make themselves visible on his underarms minutes after he puts one on. Why? Raymond has an acute case of axillary hyperhidrosis. In plain terms this means he suffers from severe underarm sweating to the extent that he can actually feel “streams of sweat” run down his sides no matter what the ambient temperature. “Very often because I am sweating so badly body odor is never far away” writes Raymond. That however is not an inevitable part of axillary hyperhidrosis though it is certainly an unpleasant side effect.

Another sufferer who wrote to me and who wants to be known simply as Hal is a 37-year-old pastry chef who claims his life has been devastated owing to his axillary hyperhidrosis problem and says he has gone through seven job changes and two broken marriages and is still no closer to finding a solution for his condition. “From the age of 12 I have never been able to wear light-colored clothing and I have dreaded going out of doors during the day because I don’t want people to see the puddles of sweat on my underarms” he writes. Also like a lot of axillary hyperhidrosis patients Hal changes shirts at least thrice during a working day and keeps his jacket on at all times.

What causes axillary hyperhidrosis?

As is obvious axillary hyperhidrosis is not just a sweat problem but also a medical condition. For the millions of sufferers in the US and worldwide it is also a crippling social malady that causes them to avoid social interaction and stay away from public gatherings. However there are physical side effects of axillary hyperhidrosis as well as excessive sweating can cause painful skin problems like bacteria or fungal overgrowth infections and disintegration (maceration) of the skin.

Unfortunately the medical community is still not very clear about what exactly causes axillary hyperhidrosis though we do know how it is caused. In brief axillary hyperhidrosis occurs when the human body’s sympathetic nervous system which regulates sweating and sweat-related processes over-activates the sweat glands in the underarm thus causing excessive underarm sweat.

Axillary hyperhidrosis is a form of primary hyperhidrosis which is a term used to describe excessive sweating not caused by another medical condition. This type of sweating always occurs in specific areas of the body and usually affects both the left and right sides of the body. Along with the underarms the commonest affected areas are the hands feet and face.

As with other forms of primary hyperhidrosis axillary hyperhidrosis is often noticed in sufferers at a young age usually before an individual reaches his or her teens. Some studies have attributed the problem to heredity and it does seem that in many cases axillary hyperhidrosis seems to run in the family.