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Is Excessive Armpit Sweat Normal?

November 19, 2018 by admin0

When you think of sweat, what comes to mind? Your armpits! The armpits are one of the sweatiest parts of the body, which is why people wear deodorants and antiperspirants regularly. Hot weather, exercise, humidity, stress – all these things can contribute to sweaty armpits. Your armpits will sweat more on certain occasions than on others. However, excessive armpit sweating is not normal, and could be a sign of axillary hyperhidrosis.

Here are some signs that may indicate your underarm sweating may be axillary hyperhidrosis:

  • Your armpits are always wet even when you wipe them or apply an antiperspirant.
  • Your armpits are sweaty even if you’re not moving.
  • Your armpits get sweaty after you drink coffee, tea, or another hot beverage.
  • Your armpits are sweaty in cold temperatures.
  • Your armpits are sweaty when you wear layers of clothing.
  • Your armpits sweat through your clothes.
  • Your armpits sweat through multiple shirts throughout the day.
  • You don’t like raising your arms due to potential sweat stains.
  • You may take several showers a day.
  • You have wet marks, white salt stains and yellow antiperspirant stains on your clothes in the armpit area.
  • You get skin infections or irritation in your armpits.
  • Antiperspirants, powders, and deodorants do not work to control your sweaty armpits.
  • You avoid social gatherings because you don’t want people to notice the excessive sweat in your armpits.
  • Other members of your family have excessive sweating in their armpits. Hyperhidrosis can be hereditary.

If you sweat excessively in your underarms, it’s time to talk to a doctor, especially if you cannot manage or control the sweat yourself. Don’t let excessive sweating ruin your lifestyle. We know it’s tiring to constantly be worrying about your sweaty armpits. You can get better as there are several treatments that reduce the amount of sweating.


Dr. Peter Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon with offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida. Dr. Mikhail will look at your axillary hyperhidrosis symptoms and history to determine the best treatment plan for you. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis treatment  contact page or call 727-312-4844.

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Dr. Peter Mikhail is a thoracic and cardiac surgeon in Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey, Florida who also specializes in Hyperhidrosis Surgery & Treatment. Dr. Mikhail is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Thoracic Surgery and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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