What is Excessive Sweating?

Sweating is a normal function of the human body. We commonly sweat when our temperature increases or when we engage in strenuous physical activity. However, people who suffer from excessive sweating, consistently perspire without being physically active. The condition of severe, lengthened periods of excessive sweating without any obvious stimulation is known as Hyperhidrosis.

This condition normally begins during puberty and often affects the underarms, palms, soles, face and sometimes the groin and buttocks.

Excessive sweating is classified into two groups- focal (primary hyperhidrosis) or generalized (secondary hyperhidrosis).

Focal hyperhidrosis: There is no known cause of this type of excessive sweating but is thought to be a result of a predisposed gene pattern. This type of sweating is focused on one particular area of the body while the rest of the body does not perspire. The most common example of this type of hyperhidrosis is sweating in the armpits.

Generalized hyperhidrosis: This type of hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition including endocrine disorders, menopause, obesity, nerve damage, etc. Even using certain drugs such as anabolic steroids can cause excessive sweating. Generalized hyperhidrosis usually affects the entire body and is improved by treating the medical condition.

Excessive sweating can be controlled through a variety of methods such as using prescription antiperspirants, oral medications, Botox injections and in extreme cases, surgery can be used to remove or clap the sweat glands.

Many people who have hyperhidrosis are unaware that it is a medical condition that can be effectively managed using the appropriate treatment methods. If you suffer from excessive sweating, consult with a skin care specialist to find out which option is best suited to your condition.

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