Sweat Stories:
Work Woes

Andy G. from Toowoomba - Age 19

I work as a bartender and sweaty armpits really gets to me. I hate lifting my arms up, its embarrassing and uncomfortable. When I run I get chaffing, and I am always wearing black. I dress like death itself, black T shirts, black shirts, black everything. I tried Driclor but I found it irritated my skin, I didn’t know that sweat stopping treatments could work so well. After one week, my sweating stopped. Its like someone turned the tap off…

Specialist comment

Excessive underarm sweating, or axillary hyperhidrosis is very common, and two questions will give me the answer to the severity of the condition- firstly, what colour do you normally wear? Secondly, are you conscious of lifting your arms up? The answers are ‘black’ and ‘yes’.

Now we have an array of successful treatments, including over the counter antiperspirants such as Driclor. This can be effective in mild cases of underarm sweating, however it must be used cautiously or a rash will develop.

Injections are now possible under the PBS, most patients will have relief of underarm sweating for upto 6 -7 months.

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Jarrod K. from Darwin - Age 27

My job in the army requires me to wear body armour and carry webbing, my underarm sweating was tolerable in Sydney, but in Darwin with the heat and all, it gets pretty tough. I tried Driclor, but it gave me a rash. The new line from Rexona didn’t work at all. I get some injections into the armpit area twice a year, and it’s like turning a tap off.

Specialist comment

Underarm sweating or axillaryHyperhidrosis of the axillae (also called excessive underarm sweating) can have both an occupational as well as social impact. I treat a variety of occupations whereby sweating really does cause an impairment in their job, including Department of Defence members, as well as members of the police force, and people who work in the hospitality field. A simple 10 minute procedure can really turn the tap off sweating. It really is that easy.

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Aaron T. from Noosa - Age 22

I work as a baker and have sweaty hands. Enough said. Flour sticks like glue to my hands- you can just imagine the sight! My mates use to give me crap about it. No one really knew how to treat stuff like this in the Sunshine Coast. I started to notice it when I was 19, and it got worse as time went. I had a procedure known as ETS or endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. I’m pretty stoked with the results. Flour don’t stick no more.

Specialist comment

Palmar hyperhidrosis or sweaty hands can often have a huge impact on work. This condition usually starts in early childhood, and in Aaron’s case, it is somewhat unusual for such a late onset. Mild cases can be treated with antiperspirants such as Driclor, moderate to severe cases can be treated with anti-sweating creams, as well as Iontophoresis. I usually reserve sweat stopping treatments injections to the second last method.  Last line treatment is with ETS surgery (endoscopic thoracic sympatectomy) with a Vascular Surgeon.

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