Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis

What is Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis?

Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis, often referred to as severe underarm sweating, is an excessive sweating disorder that affects the axillary (armpit) areas. It occurs when sweat glands become overactive and release more sweat than is required to regulate body temperature. Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis is different than normal sweating and can be quite embarrassing and uncomfortable for those that suffer from it.

What are the Symptoms of Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis?

The main symptom of Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the axillary areas. This can lead to embarrassment and discomfort, as well as symptoms such as:

  • Excessive wetness of the axillary areas
  • Messy stains on clothing
  • Bad body odor due to bacteria buildup
  • Itching or burning of the axillary areas
  • Irritation and rashes due to constant moisture

Treatment Options for Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis

There are a number of treatments available for Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis, and it is important to talk to your doctor to determine the best course of action for you. Some common treatments include:

  • Medications, such as anticholinergics and antiperspirants
  • Iontophoresis, a technique that uses electrical pulses to temporarily reduce sweating
  • Botox injections to temporarily block the sweat glands
  • Surgery to remove the sweat glands


Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis is a condition that affects the axillary areas and causes excessive sweating. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for those who suffer from it, and it is important to speak with your doctor to discuss treatment options. Common treatments include medications, Iontophoresis, Botox injections, and surgery.