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Dr Oz: Only Sweat Out of One Armpit – Asymmetric Sweat Glands

By on May 26, 2010

Doctor Oz did a segment of “Am I Normal” and was asked by a girl if it is normal that she only sweats out of one armpit.  Only One Armpit Sweats

Dr Oz said that it is not normal to only sweat out of one armpit, but it may not be a health issue either.  Everyone is built asymmetrically and so sometimes our sweat glands are asymmetric as well.  If you sweat too much, a doctor can clip the nerves or do botox to help with the amount of sweat your armpit produces.  The bigger concern would be if you used to sweat out of both armpits and then suddenly only started sweating out of one armpit, because that could mean that something is growing and pushing on your nerve – so you should then go to the doctor and get a chest xray.  I wonder how common this really is.  Leave a comment below if you only sweat out of one armpit!

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Comments to Dr Oz: Only Sweat Out of One Armpit – Asymmetric Sweat Glands

  1. April Mcgee says:

    I have recently just started sweating from one armpit. I work for a family doctor, and have no idea why this is happening. Help Dr. Oz!!

  2. I have recently started having the same problem. I am not usually don’t sweat much but recently my right underarm has been sweating. I haven’t changed my deoderant brand. What could be causing this?

  3. i started only sweating out of one armpit about a year ago.. it’s weird. my left sweats a little but my right sweats way more.

  4. Ive always sweat more than others under my arms but i just recently noticed that i sweat way more under my right arm than my left its really weird. It used to be both but now just one

  5. I also started excesivley sweating from just my right armpit. Never really had a problem with sweating til about a year ago. And its so bad that its damp all the time even sitting getting ready, directly out of the shower… I thought it was just me.

  6. i sweat out of both armpits, but when i go to the gym, it is always obvious that the pit stain under my right arm is bigger than the one under my left. i guess that goes to show that my sweat glands are asymmetric.

  7. Weird. The past 2 years I have noticed that my RIGHT, just like everyone here, armpit seems to be doing all the sweating…and I never used to have an odor and now definitely I have to keep on top of it with deodernt. Drivs me crazy. ALSO a small round bump has developed in my left armpit…same time…have mentioned it to both my doc and the skin specialist. They are not concerned but personally I wish they could take it away as it bothers me knowing its there and my body is acting different. I beleive in listening to our bodies. .

  8. I have noticed in the past 3 weeks that only in my right armpit, I have been constantly excessively sweating. I sweat out of both armpits, but the RIGHT one is much more, at least twice as much. This is a recent occurance that is really bothering me. Right after I get out of the shower, I put on my Secret deoderant (same as usual) and I start sweating almost immediately. I was at the doctor in the last few months and got a chest x-ray and everything was fine. Please help.

  9. My sweating is only coming from my right arm pit and I have experienced this for about 3 months. In looking at the responses prior to this, that seems to be a common location, but why the right arm pit? My PCP percribed a percription deoderant that I havent tried as of yet to resolve this but he wasnt concerned.

  10. Could it be somehow related to the fact that we are all right-handed? Are any of you left handed??

  11. i also sweat out of one armpit.. what do you mean that there is something growing pushing against a nerve? is it something serious that i should get checked right away or something i shouldnt be to worried about?

  12. sara millar says:

    i sweat only under my left armpit. when i come out of athletics first period i wipe my arms with baby wipes and then i apply deoderant and i leave and by second or third period my left armpit reeeeaaaallllllyyyy stinks and so im sitting there kepping my arms really close to my body hoping no one will smell my, just sitting there thinking “omg my arm stinks, it stinks, no one come close to me, omg my ARM STINKS” and i also noticed that i take a shower and i get dressed and fifteen minutes or so later my left arm stinks i will be sitting there watching tv or doing homework and i’ll just be randomly sniffing the air and then all of a sudden it stinks and i will smell my right arm and be like yah smells just like soap then i’ll sniff my left arm and be like AHHHHHH holy bleep thinks stinks, deoderant deoderant deoderant HERE I COME, MOMMA’S COMING!!!!! im confused if that means something bad, because i used to think oh my body is perfect and then you would smell my left armpit and there is the perk does that mean anything bad?

  13. sara millar says:

    *this thing

  14. Roberta Peterson says:

    Same issue last 2 weeks right armpit. Haven’t changed deodorant. What’s going on this is weird all of us having the same issue. Is this a new problem ot not.

  15. I agree Roberta, it does seem strange. I posted last june about this problem and was surprised to see so many others post and more surprised that majority is the right. Even more odd. I recently made a new friend and a couple days ago while we were getting ready for class, I noticed her checking her armpits in the mirror and she said the SAME thing, that her right armpit has been excessively sweating the last few months. Weird part is i had never mentioned to this girl only knowing her a few weeks. Very very strange.

  16. I too have recently started sweating more out of my right armpit

  17. I have a bo problem just with my right airmpit. I can take a shower and within minutes it smells of bo. My right is fine…Any answers to this….Thanks Joyce

  18. Frederick says:

    Same thing. Right pit. Only sweat a little on left. Lots on right. If anyone has an answer or solution I would love to know. Makes life not fun in the summer because I can’t hide it with a hoodie. Thanks.

  19. Frederick says:

    Oh, and I’ve tried everything.

  20. i told my mom about my issue. i sweat a lot more under my right armpit then my left. i constantly have to change my shirts like after church or before i go to bed. i went online to find the solution to my problem. i find this website and saw a lot of comments that have to do with the same situation i am having. i feel so embarrassed. i’m just glad that i know i’m not the only girl in the whole freakin world that this happens to.

  21. I am left handed and have the right armpit problem. On cool days, I am sweating.

  22. Janice Beechum says:

    Same here. Started sweating only under right arm when overheated and exercising… otherwise OK… next time I go to the doc I will ask about it… ugh. (Am right handed, haven’t changed deodorant, etc.)

  23. Left armpit sweating in my case. I googled my problem and was directed here. I’m thinking I should get it checked.

  24. Omg this is so weird I am suffering from the same problem but I am right handed and it is my left pit that sweats more. It is like a fountain when getting out of the shower and the odor after an hour or so is awful . What works for any of you guys because I have just started to notice this???

  25. Frederick says:

    “Certain Dry”. It is helping a lot. Follow the directions. You can get it at most pharmacies. You may find you need more than the directions say. Only thing I have found that helps. Drinking and smoking seem to agrivate the problem. I’ve used it during the day and it helps but before bed seems to get the best results. Hope this helps someone…

  26. While riding my bike, I noticed that I sweat normally on my right arm and hand, but recently noticed that my left arm is dry and only slight sweat on my left hand. (Maybe I failed to voice this for a long time, because I just started riding without gloves on so can see the sweat on my hand).

    I am right handed.

    Why is this happening? Is it normal? Or an indication of a problem? Should I have it checked by MD?

  27. This just started happening about a year ago. It’s extremely irritating and the only way you can really temporarily help the sweat stain is don’t keep your arm close to your side. Air it out for a few minutes.

  28. I am right handed and it is my left pit that is the problem for me. I sweat from both but the left sweats more and smells bad. I have very few shirts anymore that do not retain the stink even after being pretreated and washed. I’m 38 years old and it has been going on about a year and a half, maybe two. I found this board because I am looking for information, so any info would be appreciated.
    Crystal

  29. HAHAA aww man i have this problem, profusely! my right arm pit leaks 24/7 this is the first ive ever searched this cuz ive just been dealing with it my whole life!!, maybe now i can get married, im getting my nerves clipped tomorrow, thx oz!!!

  30. only opiates, clonidine and some horrible wetting agent called dry sol, has effectivly stopped the sweating for me in the past

  31. I wonder if it has to do with working at a computer and using your mouse hand more?

  32. I don’t work on a computer very often

  33. Are any of you on a drug like Celexa or Paxil. started sweating a little bit years ago on Paxil, but just switched to Celexa from Paxil about a year ago and been sweating like crazy mostly from my right armpit ever since. Sweating is a common symptom from those drugs. Not sure about the asymmetric sweating though. I mean, most times during the day I could wring out the sweat under my right arm and the left is relatively dry. Considered the computer use Jake because I am on a computer a lot, but I noticed both arms are about in the same angle from my body, but still only sweat from the right. Who knows.

  34. Dr. Please i want to know why i am sweating in my right hand with bad smell very bad smell while my left hand sweat same but with no smell at all .
    So why that bad smell on left hand only !?
    Thanks and Regards .

  35. i use to never hardly sweat till i was 13 i had a light heat stroke and since that day my right arm pit sweats about 3 or more times more than my left i have done nothing today and its 3 pm atm and my shirt under my left armpit is dry as sand and my shirt under my right armpit is soaked and i have tried EVERY anti-perspirant out there from cheap to high dollar docter stuff to nothing really helps i’m 21 and it is slowly getting worst every year since i was 13 i notice that…….

  36. i use to never hardly sweat till i was 13 i had a light heat stroke and since that day my right arm pit sweats about 3 or more times more than my left i have done nothing today and its 3 pm atm and my shirt under my left armpit is dry as sand and my shirt under my right armpit is soaked and i have tried EVERY anti-perspiration out there from cheap to high dollar doctor stuff to nothing really helps i’m 21 and it is slowly getting worst every year since i was 13 i notice that……. and i’m left handed and my right armpit sweats a lot more than my left

  37. and another thing i’m not on any drug whatsoever but i do smoke,chew and drink but i don’t drink a lot maybe once a month and i drink very little

  38. Wow.. I am older and have recently had this issue, I’ve spent tons on the best of deodorants and nothing seems to work. I like many others, sweat profusely from my right armpit, to the point I can only wear black clothes anymore. I’ve even went as far as putting toilet paper under my arm with tape to try and keep from ruining my shirts. I had an issue a couple of years ago with my thyroids and vitamin D deficiency and that is when it seems to have started, however reading some of your posts, I wonder if that wasn’t just coincidence. I do not have an odor issue, as when I continually smell my pit is smells like the deodorant I’m wearing but I certainly HATE that all of my shirts are always wet and many are now ruined from the sweat. As with you all, it would be nice to find some kind of home remedy. I’m thinking of trying the “tea bath” used for sweating stinky feet under my arm pit. I wonder if I used the tea bags while saturated if that would work…
    For all your other comments. I’m female, 43, smoker and drinker (though I don’t have any change in my habits and this started at around age 41), I’m right handed and it’s my right armpit and yes, I work on a computer all day ):

  39. I had the same issue. Realized that I was not washing one of the armpits properly after applying soap. The armpit hair had dis-colored in the one in which I was not sweating.
    Washed the armpit properly and removed all the armpit hair and was back to normal in just a couple of days.
    Hope this helps.

  40. Joining the Sweaty Right Armpit Club to say mine just started yesterday but I recall this happpening off & on over the years (I’m 42; never taken any prescriptions or had any health issues) Gee there’s so many people who have this; I guess it can almsot be considered NORMAL at this point? :) -Btw what’s up w/ so many people spelling the word “deodOrant” incorrectly? That’s actually more of a concern to me than the sweating issue. And you don’t use deodorant to combat sweat – you use anti-perspirant.

  41. it happens to me also. However it switches sometimes from the left being the most and nothing on the right and vice versa. I think it has to do with your mind. For me its an anxiety thing most of the time but not always.

  42. Dr. Please i want to know why i am sweating in my right hand with bad smell very bad smell while my left hand sweat same but with no smell at all .
    So why that bad smell on left hand only !?
    Thanks and Regards

  43. lol — I have this also. My left arm though. My right arm practically does not sweat at all whilst my left does all the sweating.

    Whats weird is that with all of these comments on here, no MD or any physician has posted anything about it.

    I would have to say that this is just an inconvenient issue that we will all have to live with. Ce’st la vie…

  44. somegirl says:

    sigh. looks like I’m the only one who has an uncontrollably sweaty LEFT armpit. My right hardly sweats but my left one does ALL the time… I never keep my arms tight to my sides, yet I continue to sweat and I mean it literally is like water being poured on your bare armpit. Its just wet! I’m continually having to reach out with a tissue and wipe, it seems. I’m not hot, I’m not cold, I’m not nervous. What’s going on?

    My mom said she had the same problem at my age (15) but it stopped at 17 for her. She says its just hormones but this can’t possibly be right. I always have to carry a jacket around with me, no matter what season, and always have to put it on because I have large sweat stains under the one armpit… UGHHhghhgghsgmskghsh this is not normal I swear.

  45. It feels really reassuring to find that so many people have the same problem as me, however coincidential it is. Right now my left arm is completely dry but my right is very damp and it bothers me a lot. I have no problems with odor, only the sweating. The Secret clinical strength antiperspirant I use doesn’t seem to help much at all. And it was eight bucks! What a rip off. I’m 17 years old and this has been going on for a couple years as far as I’ve noticed. I am also right handed. This seems to be a medical mystery lol…

  46. Rachael says:

    I am going to the dermatologist to get a form of Botox soon for my right armpit! Asymmetrical sweating sucks!

  47. I have had a sweaty right armpit since puberty (I am now 30) it is worse during change of seasons especially coming in to spring. It limits my clothing choice (I stick to darks and whites) and I have to buy clothes more often but other than that I live my life normally. I like to think it is a manifestation of my fast metabolism, but this may or may not be true.

  48. I sweat out of one armpit like crazy!!!!!! The other arm pit will bearly be moist. I remember in middle school the sweat would go so far down my shirt and on the upper arm but hardly ever would I sweat out of my other pit. I sweat for no reason but ever since I’ve stop wearing tight shirts I havent really sweated now the sweat comes out for a reason.

  49. Michelle says:

    Ahhh I’d like to join the sweaty right armpit crew! No stink, just massive sweat. I use the mouse all day maybe a gland is blocked? It’s sooo annoying!!!

  50. Both my wife and I went vegan about 11 months ago. After initial detox notice not bo unless we stray off or accidentally get some meat or dairy. Then, recently, we both notice bo under left armpit only. Sweating seems normal and balanced, as far as I can tell, but odor from left side only

  51. TheSkySweats says:

    I also sweat fron right armpit alot. Tried certain-dry doesnt really do much, maybe dries it a little bit. I think in my case as im gaining weight its getting worst. So im going to start loosing weight. I heard on other websites exercise helps alot. You sweat all the water your retaining in your body, which is one of my theories. I will let you know in a few months. If it doesnt work I will be getting my gland clipped.

  52. My mother-in-law has complained about sweating under her left armpit and it stinking. She has had breast cancer, is on lots of medications for blood pressure and other conditions. This has been going on for 1 week but is so bad she keeps a paper towel under her arm. I will consult her Dr because of her history of cancer.

  53. DivorceeBoston says:

    I am just glad I am not alone here! My LEFT armpit has been stinking since my 20′s (over 25 years now) and not the left. I can bathe and deodorize and nada. Stank in hours w/o even perspiring! Right side? Could not wash it for days and it won’t smell. This is how I know there is a problem. What’s up Doc?

  54. me too! I have noticed that the people that have trouble with the right arm sweating seem to be exercising when their right armpit sweats way more it happens I am right handed I sweat from both armpits equally my right does not smell at all even though it was 106 degrees today but my left armpit about knocked me over there seems to be two groups here I’m very curious to know the answer it seems to be extremely common Dr Oz can you look into this further for us Thank you

  55. Mine started a year or 2 ago. I am 28 now. It is only my RIGHT armpit. It’s the worst after I get out of the shower. Wierd huh? And when I get out of bed in the morning. I don’t sweat at all through the night, but as soon as I stand up it starts. It doesn’t smell, just leaks. If I don’t wipe it away, it will stream all the way down my arm. I feel it’s worse when I am stressed. I will be dry and hear some bad news and instantly a stream on the right side. Help Us!!!

  56. My right arm bit sweats constantly, I can’t wear any color that is noticeable.
    Which prevents me from the fashion colors and styles I love! BUT I NOTICED
    A MAJORITY OF YOU GUYS HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM AND ON THE SAME SIDE THIS
    HAS TO BE STUDIED!!!

  57. Afshin Navabi says:

    I have the same problem with way more sweating under my left arm. the sweat has a yellowish color which leaves a stain on my underwear.

  58. I just Googled this as I’ve noticed that I perspire much more under the right arm – big wet patch there which can get quite uncomfortable but not under the left arm and I’m using the most effective anti-perspirant I can find. At least it keeps it smelling sweet. Fascinating to see so many people have noticed the same thing. I’m right-handed.

    My right foot also gets hot in its shoe and I need to remove it sometimes (the shoe that it, not the foot!) – the left one’s quite happy all day long. Anyone else got this one?

  59. My left arm pit out of no where started just dripping !Can you get a yeast infection from this ? It is a weird smell . Almost sweet. I’m so uncomfortable ! I’m 49 is this a hormonal thing ?

  60. My right under arm sweats way more than my left one and I have changed nothing. It kinda concerns me

  61. Same here. Right armpit, right handed, mother of three, nursed all from right side…left side latching problems so never nursed from that side…connection? Seems I always sweated a lot before that anyways…hands always sweaty, too. Gluten and dairy-free…thinking of going paleo…I’m interested in seeing if there is a medical explanation.

  62. Left armpit dripping wet, right nothing. Started a few months ago. Very strange and annoying since my shirts are always wet on the left side.

  63. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned – Hyperhidrosis

    This wiki link is at least a good starting point. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperhidrosis

  64. I’m kind of worried because i used to sweat under both armpits but now i only do under one. Is it really a big deal? Should i get it checked?

  65. Dear Sir,

    Normally I used to sweat a lot, but sweating under armpit was very less. Recently I started sweating under my armpits more, and now I have noticed that only my right under arm is sweating more while my left armpit is more or less dry. I am worried. Please Help!!!!

  66. I just started only sweating under my right arm I dont sweat any under my left and it is sometime very sore under my left arm plz help!!!

  67. I actually have had this problem for over 7 years, I am almost 50, and it is in my LEFT. It is worse when I’m stressed, but just plain weird that, more and more, my right pit doesn’t hardly register this nervous sweat at all…I am pretty sure my right sweats during exercise though…I thought it had to do with menopause…am dying to find out what I can do and to make sure it isn’t a symptom of something more serious because I get a swollen node under my RIGHT armpit just before my cycle and that is lasting longer and longer sometimes not decreasing at all between cycles…is there a connection?

  68. I am a male, 56 years old, and right-handed. I first noticed excessive sweating from the right side of my body in 1996 whilst working at a bakery. I experience the same sweaty right armpit and dry left armpit as many others on here. However, on a hot day, I will also experience beads of sweat all over the right side of my bald head. I can run a hand over the left side of my head, and it’s bone dry. I have not noticed any excessive odour.

  69. I sweat out of right armpit more than my left… but I do still sweat out of my left armpit as well. As a matter of fact, it’s usually accompanied by back sweat and palm sweat as well (sometimes forehead sweat).

    I’ve discovered that when I’m at home, in a stress free environment, doing things at a pace that “I am” comfortable with and not the pace desired of me by someone else, then I barely sweat at all. I think mine is due to a subconscious anxiety. I work in the computer field with ridiculous deadlines expected of me.

    My sweating is so bad that I ruin every shirt I wear, the armpit areas eventually discolor and become hard and stiff. I’m not overweight, I exercise daily. As a matter of fact I started exercising daily hoping it would help relieve my anxiety and sweating issues… but the days I work out I sweat just as much as any other (although the daily exercise keeps my anxiety in check and I highly recommend it).

    People have the belief that a man with sweaty palms lacks confidence, which I don’t… but I dread shaking hands of someone I’m just meeting for the first time… relinquishing my cold clammy wet hand to theirs.

    I expect it’s the foods we eat, combined with the high levels of stress we’re put under daily just to survive Corporate America. 90% of my stresses come from the government not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, or at least what we’re led to believe they’re doing. Protecting our foods, environment and people.. but that’s not the case, it’s about corporations protecting their profits through corruption and lobbying.

    I say it’s stress, and a sign of a more major problem in the U.S. when more than 80% of Americans claim to be having problems or issues with anxiety. High rent/housing cost, food cost, energy cost, fuel cost, clothing cost… everything hyper inflated around us by about 60 years in a 15 year time span… while wages decrease and social benefits are being stripped by the greedy.

    Oh, I have my suspicions as to why we’re all feeling so twisted, stressed, anxious and sweaty.

  70. I actually had this issue for about 9 months. Couldn’t figure it out. I tried different deodorant, massaging the glands thinking somethign was hyperactive for some reason. What I think made it go away was eliminating milk from my diet. I switched over to Almond milk (silk brand) is the only one that tastes good. since then the sweating has gone away. This was spurned on by watching the documentary “forks over Knives with my wfie” who is very health. I’ve played sports my whole life, I’m not overweight, and otherwise I don’t sweat througout the day, unless I exercise of course. But for those 9 months, my left pit would just drip, and it drove me crazy. I had to wear an undershirt or somethign over my works shirt, it was that bad. I hope this helps someone else.

  71. okay so ive read some of these comments and most of the sweating seems to be coming from your right armpits. Well, mine comes from my left! My right armpit doesnt ever sweat one drop unless I go to the gym, but my left armpit sweats all the time!

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