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What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is sweating beyond physiological necessity required for regulation of body temperature. It is a significant quality of life burden from a psychological, emotional, and social perspective. People of all races get hyperhidrosis. The excessive sweating can begin at any age. For many people, Hyperhidrosis begins when they are a child or teen. Whether you live in a cold climate or a warm one, you can have hyperhidrosis.

Axillary Hyperhidrosis Axillary Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis sufferers are often not taken seriously by their families or medical practitioners, who downplay their problem because it is not life threatening, viewing the consequences as insignificant. However, the many people who endure unimpeded, intense hyperhidrosis must cope with constant embarrassment, frustration and stress. Frequently perceived as being ill, nervous or lacking in confidence, they often experience social and professional problems that seriously affect the overall quality of their lives. As such, it has been referred to as the 'silent handicap'.

Although according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, approximately 3% of the worlds population has Hyperhidrosis, it is difficult to say exactly how many people have Hyperhidrosis. Many people never see a doctor. Some are too embarrassed to talk with a doctor. Dermatologists believe that more children and adolescents have Hyperhidrosis than are diagnosed. According to the National Institutes of Health, less than 40 percent of people with Hyperhidrosis seek medical advice about treatment for the condition.

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Two Types of Hyperhidrosis

According to the American Academy of Dermatology there are two types of Hyperhidrosis:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis


Primary hyperhidrosis: This type of Hyperhidrosis is the most common. A person who has this type of hyperhidrosis will notice the excessive sweating occurs in one or a few areas of the body. The areas of the body most commonly affected are the underarms, hands, feet, and forehead. This type of hyperhidrosis usually begins at puberty. Most people who have this type of hyperhidrosis are otherwise healthy and the cause is typically not another medical condition.

If the excessive sweating occurs in the underarms, the person usually notices both underarms sweat excessively (Axillary Hyperhidrosis). The same holds true for the hands and feet (Palmar Hyperhidrosis and Planter Hyperhidrosis).

For many people, excessive sweat occurs at least once a week but typically those who suffer from Hyperhidrosis experience daily occurrences of excessive sweat.

Secondary hyperhidrosis: “secondary” means the excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) has an underlying cause. The cause could be a medical condition or side effect of taking a medicine or food supplement. A person who has this type of hyperhidrosis will notice that the excessive sweating occurs over the entire body or only parts of the body. This type of Hyperhidrosis usually begins when the person is an adult.

Medical conditions that can cause excessive sweating include, but not limited to:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

As with any medical condition, if you sweat excessively while asleep, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified Doctor.

Affected Areas of the Body

  • Underarms: Axillary Hyperhidrosis
  • Hands: Palmer Hyperhidrosis
  • Feet: Planter Hyperhidrosis
  • Head/Face: Cranial Hyperhidrosis
  • Groin: Inguinal Hyperhidrosis
  • Torso: Truncal hyperhidrosis
  • Compensatory Hyperhidrosis (CS) - also known as rebound hyperhidrosis or reflex hyperhidrosis and is the most common side effect of endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS), a surgery to treat severe focal hyperhidrosis, often affecting just one part of the body.


Anxiety and Embarrassment Sweating

All forms of hyperhidrosis can cause people to feel extremely anxious and embarrassed. Students often avoid raising their hand during class. Many teens never date. Adults may hide the sweat stains by wearing layers of clothing or changing frequently throughout the day. Many people do not realize that Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition.

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