What is hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It affects five percent of the global population – that’s 365 million people!
Many people with this condition don’t realize they have it, or that it even has a recognized medical name. Why? Because there is a lot of shame and embarrassment involved. Patients don’t speak up or think it’s a serious enough problem to even mention; therefore, hyperhidrosis is under-diagnosed and under-treated.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis
The excessive sweating is not caused by any underlying condition or medication.
Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis
The excessive sweating is caused by an underlying medical condition or is a side effect of a medication.
Areas of the body affected by hyperhidrosis
Palmar hyperhidrosis = sweaty hands
Plantar hyperhidrosis = sweaty feet
Axillary hyperhidrosis = sweaty underarms
Craniofacial hyperhidrosis = sweaty head and/or face
People may also experience sweat everywhere on their body.
I’m a passionate writer, patient leader, and hyperhidrosis trailblazer. This is a blog about hyperhidrosis, mostly (I also have an autoimmune condition called ulcerative colitis [UC], so occasionally I might spill my guts to you). I’ve lived with hyperhidrosis nearly all of my life and offer a unique perspective on a condition that can be mentally, socially, emotionally, and professionally debilitating.