If you are perpetually breaking out in beads of perspiration, you’ll not only suffer the utter discomfort of damp skin and sweat-soaked clothing, but feelings of anxiety and embarrassment as well.
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) has been referred to as the “silent handicap” as it can be disabling. If this problem is impacting your career choices, daily and social activities, personal relationships, self-image and emotional well-being in adverse ways, seek our help to address it instead of allowing it to affect your quality of life.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by abnormal sweating, in excess of that required for the regulation of body temperature.
Certain parts of the body, including the hands, feet, armpits and the groin, are the most active regions of perspiration because of the relatively high concentration of sweat glands there.
Hyperhidrosis may be localised – where excessive sweating affects specific part/s of the body, such as the palms, soles, face, underarms and scalp. For example, palmoplantar hyperhidrosis or acrohyperhidrosis is symptomatic sweating of primarily the hands or feet. Alternatively, the problem may be generalised, whereby the entire body is affected.
WHAT CAUSES EXCESSIVE SWEATING?
Although neurologic, metabolic and other systematic health conditions can sometimes cause excessive sweating, people who are otherwise healthy can also suffer from it. Factors like exercise, temperature of surroundings, certain food and beverages, stress and emotions (anger, embarrassment, nervousness) may trigger excessive sweating. Sufferers of hyperhidrosis appear to have overactive sweat glands, and may sweat uncontrollably even when the temperature is cool or when they are at rest.
Hyperhidrosis may be congenital or an acquired trait, and is categorised as follows:
Primary Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis
There is no apparent cause for excessive sweating (idiopathic means “of unknown cause”). In the majority of cases the hyperhidrosis is localised and found to start during adolescence, or seems to be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.
In this case, the condition can start at any point in life, due to an underlying health condition, such as menopause, obesity, gout, tumour, diabetes mellitus or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), certain medications or mercury poisoning. Generalised hyperhidrosis is more common among people with this condition.