Hyperhidrosis is the medical name for excessive sweating. It can disrupt your life, affect your career, and even lead to feelings of isolation. If you sweat a lot and have never spoken to your doctor about it, view our checklist below. It is designed to educate you about the signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis
Do you experience any of these issues?
Clammy or wet palms and soles
Frequent unexplainable sweating
Fungal or bacterial skin infections
Worries about clothing stains
Fear of physical contact with others
Self-conscious about sweating or odor
Social isolation due to sweating
Depression and anxiety from sweating
Career limitations due to fear of physical contact or human interaction
A constant need to change clothing
Persistently wiping away sweat
Wearing bulky or dark clothes to avoid sweat marks
PRIMARY FOCAL HYPERHIDROSIS
Localized sweating occurs in focal areas of the body.
SECONDARY GENERALIZED HYPERHIDROSIS
Excessive sweating occurs throughout the entire body.
Two Types of Hyperhidrosis
There are two categories of hyperhidrosis:
Primary focal hyperhidrosis: Localized sweating occurs in “focal” areas such as the arm pits, palms, feet and groin.
Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis: Excessive sweating occurs throughout the entire body.
Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis
Primary HH generally occurs in the following areas:
Armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis)
Head and face (craniofacial hyperhidrosis)
Palms and feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis)
Groin (inguinal, or Hexsel’s hyperhidrosis)
Scalp, face, neck, or chest immediately after eating certain foods (gustatory hyperhidrosis)
Discerning factors of primary hyperhidrosis include:
In most cases, excessive sweating appears during adolescence.
It can be genetic so other family members may also have the condition.
Excessive sweating does not tend to occur during sleep.
It affects both sides of the body equally.
Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis
Secondary hyperhidrosis causes sweating throughout the entire body. It is related to an underlying medical condition or use of certain medications.
Conditions can include:
Acute febrile infection
Cancers of the chest cavity
Congestive heart failure
Spinal cord injury
Medications for secondary hyperhidrosis can include:
Anticholinesterases (for Alzheimer’s disease)
Anxiolytic drugs for anxiety
Asthma inhalers like albuterol
Depo-Provera birth control pills
Insulin used to manage diabetes
Methadone for heroin addiction
Migraine medications including Triptan and sumatriptan
Opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin
Salagen (pilocarpine) for glaucoma
Propranol for angina and hypertension
Know Your Hyperhidrosis Sweating Patterns
Consider which of the following scenarios best matches your sweating patterns.
Scenario 1: Since puberty you have experienced excessive sweating, regardless of the temperature or situation. The sweat only appears in specific areas of your body. This is a common scenario among people with primary focal hyperhidrosis.
Scenario 2: The amount of sweat you produce is much greater than usual, and it occurs all over; not in a localized area. This is a common scenario among people with secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
Now that you know more about the signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis, we encourage you to take the next step: Speak to your doctor about your excessive sweating and learn about your medical options to manage hyperhidrosis.
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