The human body system is composed of over four million sweat glands, which produce a clear liquid called sweat. The production of sweat can regulate the body’s temperature. There are different factors that can cause you to sweat and this may include warm temperatures, nervousness, embarrassment, fear and exercise.
In the case of some individuals, the mechanism of the body for cooling itself can become too active – so overactive to the extent that they might experience sweating that is four or even five times much more than what is normal or necessary. This kind of extreme sweating can become uncomfortable, embarrassing, disabling and anxiety-inducing. This can have a big impact on all the aspects of the life of a person, from relationships to recreational activities, self-image, emotional well-being and even career choices.
This type of excessive sweating happens to be a serious medical problem known as hyperhidrosis that currently afflicts millions of individuals from different parts of the globe, commonly to individuals within 25 to 64 years of age. The term “hyper” means excessively or too much while “hidrosis” stands for sweating. This condition affects about 3% of the population and is considered to be genetically inherited. Unfortunately, due to lack of knowledge and awareness, more than half of this number have never been treated or diagnosed for the symptoms that they have.
Hyperhidrosis is a functional and socially disabling problem which has no known etiology, but has been related to hyperactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. These nerves are located in the chest cavity. Hyperhidrosis can cause severe psychological, medical and occupational problems. Excessive sweating can either be generalized which affects the entire body or localized, affecting only a certain part of the body typically the palms, feet, armpit, groin and face.
Most Common body parts affected:
- Hands – Palmar Hyperhidrosis
- Face – Facial Hyperhidrosis
- Armpits - Axillary Hyperhidrosis
- Feet - Plantar Hyperhidrosis