Hyperhidrosis

(Excessive Sweating)

Definition

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It can be an embarrassing and serious problem. It can affect social, professional, and intimate relationships.The sweating may be in just one area. It is most common in the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and/or armpits. In some cases, the sweating can also affect the entire body. Hyperhidrosis is divided into two categories:
  • Primary hyperhidrosis:
    • Usually affects specific areas
    • Has no known cause
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis:
    • Usually affects the entire body
    • Caused by an underlying condition
Sweat Gland
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Causes

Primary hyperhidrosis may be triggered by:
  • High emotional states, such as intense sadness, fear, anger, or stress
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot climates
  • Certain medications
Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by conditions such as:

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of secondary hyperhidrosis are the conditions that cause it (listed above).

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