Diaphoresis Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis may sweat even in cooler temperatures or when they
are at rest.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Sweating is an internal response of the body that helps the body stay cool. In most cases, it is perfectly natural. People sweat more in warm temperatures, when they exercise, or in response to situations that make them nervous, angry, embarrassed, or afraid. However, excessive sweating occurs without such triggers. Those with hyperhidrosis appear to have overactive sweat glands. The uncontrollable sweating and perspiration can lead to significant discomfort, both physical and emotional.
When excessive sweating affects the hands, feet, and armpits, it's called primary or focal hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis affects 2 - 3% of the population, yet less than 40% of patients with this condition seek medical advice. In the majority of primary hyperhidrosis cases, no cause can be found. However, it does seem to run in families.
The primary symptom of hyperhidrosis is wetness.
Signs and tests:
Visible signs of sweating may be noted during a doctor's visit. A number of tests may also be used to diagnose excessive sweating.
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