Sweating is a natural body function that helps the body to cool down when it is too hot due to ambient temperature or due to vigorous activity like sport. There is, however, a condition known as hyperhydrosis where the person will sweat excessively and for no apparent reason. Approximately 1% of people in the world suffer from this problem, a statistic drawn from the numbers of recorded cases of the condition. There might be many more unrecorded cases that are simply ignored because those people are unaware that an abnormal amount of sweating is a legitimate medical condition.
Hyperhidrosis is typically characterised by one or more of the following symptoms: excessive perspiration while stressed or while under a lot of pressure, perspiration when the ambient temperature is not really warm enough to warrant it and perspiration in situations that do not warrant it.
Different Areas of Hyperhidrosis
There are several areas on the body where there are more sweat glands than in other areas. Hyperhidrosis can be caused in each different area for different reasons.
Excessive facial perspiration can be a serious social issue. Sweat on the face in normal circumstances can be unattractive and odorous and can be an indication of an underlying disorder like social anxiety and other neurological issues.
Axillary hyperhidrosis is located in the armpits and is the most common type of excessive sweating. Generally, a person will only suffer from excess perspiration in this area in exclusion of all others, but the condition may also affect the hands.
Excessive hand perspiration is called palmar hyperhidrosis and is a condition that is typically passed down through genes, i.e. it is hereditary. Conversely, plantar hyperhidrosis is located in the feet and is usually accompanied by the palmar version at the same time.
Fortunately, there are treatments that can help sufferers of hyperhidrosis. This condition should be handled quickly, since it is usually not limited to the inconvenience of the affliction but also affects the person's social appearance, self-esteem and confidence. It can also cause a person to be far too predisposed with the condition that their productivity suffers and can even be grounds for termination from their employment.
A medical professional can prescribe medications and antiperspirants that can help ameliorate the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. If the condition persists for more than a week, there may be an underlying medical issue that should be examined by a doctor.