It’s completely fine when we sweat in the gym, not when we sweat almost all the time. Embarrassment embraces us slowly when we sweat throughout the day. Such a condition characterized by excessive sweating is Hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, also known as polyhidrosis or seborrhea, is a condition that makes you sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. When you have this condition, it feels like almost anything can open your sweat glands, from eating something spicy to just sitting in a room.
Although not life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable and cause psychological trauma.
Types of Hyperhidrosis
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary hyperhidrosis. With this type, the nerves responsible for signaling your sweat glands become overactive, even though they haven’t been triggered by physical activity or a rise in temperature. With stress, the problem becomes even worse. This type usually affects your palms and soles and sometimes your face. There is no medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis. It may have a hereditary reason.
Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is due to a medical condition. It’s more likely to cause sweating all over your body and is not very common.
Seek medical attention if:
- Sweating causes emotional distress or social withdrawal
- You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual
- You experience night sweats for no apparent reason
- your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or
People diagnosed with hyperhidrosis typically describe bilateral sweating, which is evenly distributed on both sides of the body, such as both armpits.
Hyperhidrosis can lead to skin infections including folliculitis or cellulitis due to unevaporated sweat leading to conditions whereby bacteria can thrive. Poorly aerated regions of the body such as the underarms and feet can allow bacterial and fungal infections to spread rapidly if patients don’t practice good hygiene.
People suffering from Hyperhidrosis usually wait for a long-term before coming out. But this problem actually has tons of treatment options, so you don’t have to suffer in the pool of sweat forever. Feel free to discuss the issue for a stress-free life!