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What Causes Whitish-yellow Translucent Discharge In Armpit?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: What is this substance that adheres to my armpit hair
This substance is dry, whitish-yellow and translucent. It builds up on my armpit hair. It can be scraped off the hair by a pinched fingernail.
I don't wear deodorant or antiperspirant, so that isn't it. I wash daily, and scrub heartily.

I have been sweating quite a bit lately as i have started long distance running (10k) once a week.
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Answered by Dr. Sagar (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
This is probably due to sweating.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
Welcome to HCM.
I appreciate your concerns.

As per your description i think this is due to heavy sweating.
The sweat and dirts mix up and form this substance.
Can you please send a picture of that area?
Many individuals have this problems.
just wash your armpit daily with soaps and wash twice daily..use anti perspiration spray thats all.
Hope this is helpful..
Regards.
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What Causes Whitish-yellow Translucent Discharge In Armpit?

Brief Answer: This is probably due to sweating. Detailed Answer: Hello Welcome to HCM. I appreciate your concerns. As per your description i think this is due to heavy sweating. The sweat and dirts mix up and form this substance. Can you please send a picture of that area? Many individuals have this problems. just wash your armpit daily with soaps and wash twice daily..use anti perspiration spray thats all. Hope this is helpful.. Regards.