What is Hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Sweating is one of the most important ways in which the body loses heat, however, people with hyperhidrosis produce sweat in amounts far greater than needed to control their temperature. It is thought that about 0.5% of the population (or about one person in 200) has some form of hyperhidrosis.
There are two main types of hyperhidrosis. The more common type is focal hyperhidrosis which can affect the armpits, hands, feet or face. Generalised hyperhidrosis is less common, affecting the whole body and usually caused by another illness such as infection, diabetes or hyperthyroidism. When the illness is treated, the excessive sweating usually stops.
How is Hyperhidrosis treated?
Initially, simple self-help measures may be useful:
- Cool clothing
- Avoiding certain foods which may trigger sweating
- Reducing stress, tension or anxiety
- Increased attention to personal hygiene
A number of treatment options are available for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best treatment option for you.