Hyperhidrosis is the medical name given to the condition of excessive sweating. Sweating is a normal and totally natural process through which the body loses heat. However, some people suffer from excessive sweating, which is also known as hyperhidrosis. To some it’s a minor annoyance. But for those who suffer from excessive sweating it’s a serious consideration that can affect daily life, relationships and careers.
Hyperhidrosis is a genetic condition that affects mostly the hands, feet or underarms. Everyone sweats to some extent. This is an important process to help the body to control its temperature and hydrate the skin. In Hyperhidrosis the brain over stimulates the glands that are responsible for sweating. It is common for it to run in families and up to one third of people have another member of the family affected.
1 in 20 people suffer from severe hyperhidrosis which usually starts during the teens and twenties. Moderate hyperhidrosis is more common and the majority of people suffer from this at some point in their lives. Hyperhidrosis affects men and women, all races and every age group. Excessive sweating can occur at any time, while you are in a cold room, while you are calm, restful and without any stress or anxiety. Most sufferers find the problem distressing and this may worsen their condition.