In some people, the body’s mechanism for cooling itself down is over active- so over active that they may sweat four or five times more than is necessary, or normal. When sweating is this extreme it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, anxiety inducing and life inhibiting. It can disrupt all aspects of a person’s life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional wellbeing and self-image. This kind of excessive sweating is a medical condition called hyperhidrosis.
‘Hyperhidrosis affects approximately 3% of the population, but due to lack of awareness, more than half of sufferers are never diagnosed or treated for their symptoms.’
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
Excessive sweating can be a symptom of certain medical conditions or a side effect of some medications. You should not have treatment for your hyperhidrosis without first consulting your GP to exclude any underlying medical condition which requires treatment.
The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is not known.