Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition whereby a person sweats both excessively and unpredictably. People with this condition sweat even in cool temperatures, or when resting.
Sweating helps the body keep cool, and is a natural part of body function, most often triggered by:
Causes of Hyperhidrosis
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis:
In the majority of cases of primary hyperhidrosis, no cause can be determined, although it does appear to have a genetic component and run in families.
Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by a number of medical conditions, including:
Diagnosis and Testing
While the most obvious sign of hyperhidrosis is sweating, your doctor may conduct a number of tests to diagnose the cause of the excessive sweating. This may include:
While hyperhidrosis may cause embarrassment and inconvenience, it can sometimes be an indicator of a serious medical condition, so if you experience prolonged, excessive or unexplained sweating, you should consult a physician.
Treatments for hyperhidrosis may include:
Contact the International Hyperhidrosis Society, www.sweathelp.org, for information and support.