Sweating is the body’s natural way of responding to heat and stress, which we cannot consciously control.

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating.  There are two types of hyperhidrosis – sweating confined to a particular area and generalised hyperhidrosis where there is sweating all over the body.

Severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis (severe underarm sweating) is a very common condition and although the cause is usually unknown, there is evidence that it can run in families.


There are various treatments available for severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis.  The Dermatologist will discuss the treatment options available for you and the associated costs. A referral from your General Practitioner is required.

Medicare care will subsidise up to three treatments per year for patients who are eligible.