WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS?

 
Hyperhidrosis is the medical name given to the condition of excessive sweating.  It is a common medical problem affecting up to 3% of the population.  It is seen in both men and women equally and usually begins whether as a child or an adolescent.
 
It can involve the underarms (axillary Hyperhidrosis), palms (palmar Hyperhidrosis), feet (plantar Hyperhidrosis) and/or the face and forehead.  You can have one area affected or a combination of the above.  The cause is unknown.  Sweating is controlled by our brain and likely the glands are over stimulated in some way resulting in too much sweating.  It is common to run in families; up to two thirds of people have someone in their immediate family that is also affected.
 
There is another form of Hyperhidrosis called generalized Hyperhidrosis.  It involves sweating over the entire body and is usually caused by other medical conditions like overactive hormones (menopause, overactive thyroid gland), medications, or neurologic diseases.  The physicians at the Sweat Clinics of Canada will be able to make this distinction and recommend the latest treatment options for your specific condition.


 
How do I know I have Hyperhidrosis?
 
If you have excessive sweating in your underarms, hands, feet, forehead, face or a combination of the above and it bothers you and interferes with your daily activities you likely have Hyperhidrosis.  If you think you have Hyperhidrosis, a consultation with one of the highly trained doctors at Sweat Clinics of Canada can help.  A new Hyperhidrosis severity scale can be the first step to managing your condition. If you score yourself a “2” or higher on this scale, there are treatment options that can get you to a score of “1”, so that you are no longer affected by this medical condition.

 
Hyperhidrosis disease severity scale  


Impact on your life

 
Many studies have been done to show that Hyperhidrosis has a major impact on the lives of those that suffer with it.  You are not alone.  Up to 70% of people with Hyperhidrosis feel emotionally impaired by their sweating, 80% feel that it negatively impacts their work and almost as many feel that it affects their social interactions with others, even friends and family.
 
The good news is that there are treatment options that can dramatically improve the sweating problem.

 

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