Sweating is a perfectly natural biological tendency, a method in which our bodies maintain proper temperature. When it is warm, during physical activity, or when feeling stressed, angry, nervous, or frightened, we may sweat.
In those with hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, as you might expect from physical activity, occurs without a physical or emotional prompt. The cause of this excessive sweating is overactive sweat glands. Primary hyperhidrosis, which affects only two to three percent of people, can lead to vast amounts of sweat under the arms, or on the hands or feet. Of the total number of people who suffer from this condition, less than half of them seek medical treatment.
A treatable condition
Today, it is possible to treat hyperhidrosis, and plenty of reason to do so. Living with over-productive sweat glands and the subsequent consequences can be taxing physically and emotionally. Skin may become irritated by the constant moisture, and the risk of fungal and bacterial infection is increased.
Excessive sweating is also detrimental to one’s emotional well-being, affecting confidence in social and professional settings. Those with hyperhidrosis may avoid shaking hands, or touching others. Frequent changes of clothing can be necessary to get through the day, leading to extreme self-consciousness. Excessive sweat can even limit productivity if it gets in the way of completing routine activities at work or at home.
Although we may not think much of excessive sweating and its impact, this treatable condition can greatly affect your quality of life. Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Laser Surgery has effective solutions to help you.