Sweating is an important bodily function that helps the body to cool down when needed. This prevents vital organs from overheating. There are 2 million sweat glands in the body to aid in this important role. “Excessive” sweating occurs when sweating continues to occur but the body does not need to cool down. Often, people who have hyperhidrosis sweat from their palms, feet, head and underarms, while other areas remain dry. This can be a difficult and socially embarrassing problem. Excessive sweating can interfere with daily activities by staining clothing, making a simple handshake uncomfortable, or causing sweat to drip from your forehead during a meeting.
There are two types of Hyperhidrosis, Primary and Secondary. It is important that a physician determine which type is present so that proper treatment can be prescribed.
Primary Hyperhidrosis is the most common type of sweating. It can begin as early as childhood or adolescence. It may lead to skin irritation or infection, especially under arms.
Secondary Hyperhidrosis means that there is another cause for excessive sweat. This could be a medication side effect or a medical condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis is generally found in adults.