What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which there is an excessive production of sweat. This is most pronounced in the underarms, palms of the hand or soles of the foot. While the exact cause is unknown, this is commonly a genetic condition. Estimates say up to 1.3 million people in the U.S. have this condition. Unfortunately many persons hesitate to discuss this condition with their physicians even though it can greatly affect their daily lives.
Excessive sweating happens when a person sweats more than is necessary. Yes, it’s necessary to sweat. Sweating cools the body, which prevents us from overheating. People who have hyperhidrosis, however, sweat when the body does not need cooling.
Many people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most often, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to turn a doorknob or use a computer. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.