What Is Hyperhidrosis?
Perspiration is a normal function of the body. It allows the body to cool itself down. But when the amount of sweat far outweighs the amount the body needs to produce to achieve this goal, this is what is classed as “excessive sweating,” or hyperhidrosis.
For example, if you are sweating profusely and you have not exerted yourself and it is not hot weather and you don’t have a fever or anxiety, it could be that you are suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can be either localized or generalized. Localized hyperhidrosis (also called “primary focal”) is the more common variety and around 1 to 3% of the population suffers from it. It usually starts in childhood or adolescence and affects specific parts of the body. It doesn’t cause an illness. Generalized hyperhidrosis (also called “secondary general”) causes sweating all over the body, sometimes at night.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating can be caused by various medications.
Localized hyperhidrosis is more common in people who are overweight or in poor physical condition.
Generalized hyperhidrosis is caused by an underlying medical condition such as menopause, pregnancy, thyroid problems, diabetes, alcoholism, Parkinson's disease, auto-immune diseases, stroke, heart failure, some types of cancer and infectious diseases like tuberculosis.
If you suspect you may be suffering from excessive sweating, you should seek medical advice so that you can rule out any underlying cause.
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