Everybody sweats, it’s normal to do so, but millions of people across the world sweat excessively – they have hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is a skin disease caused by overactive sweat glands, which can make people sweat up to five times more than normal all over the body. It’s thought that this affects between one and five percent of the population globally.
Primary Hyperhidrosis usually occurs in specific areas of the body such as hands and feet, and people will often start seeing signs of this as a child or teenager. The other type of excessive sweating is Secondary Hyperhidrosis which is caused by another medical condition – it’s secondary to something else.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for this isolating condition however there are treatments which can help reduce the sweating. A doctor will often start by prescribing strong antiperspirants and may progress onto oral medication, iontophoresis or Botox or surgery as a last resort.
Excessive sweating can have a huge impact on someone’s life, making the simplest of tasks like shaking hands a difficulty. It can feel uncomfortable, embarrassing and disabling and can disrupt all aspects of someone’s life from relationships and jobs to self-confidence.
A medical diagnosis should always be sought if you think that you are suffering from Hyperhidrosis however there’s many clinical, and non-clinical, ways of coping with sweating.
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