What is Hyperhidrosis?

The definition of hyperhidrosis is sweating above and beyond physiological needs. There are two forms, primary and secondary. The cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be caused by lesions of the central nervous system or systemic diseases. Primary hyperhidrosis is typically localized to the palms, axillae, face, or feet. It can be exacerbated when the patient faces a stressful or emotional situation.

This condition can be a social, psychological and professional burden. Many who suffer from this disease will refuse job advancement to avoid exposure of hyperhidrosis. During stressful or emotionally charged situations, facial blushing occurs and is described as an intense redness with the feeling of warmth or burning of the facial and neck areas. This condition affects nearly 2.8% of the population, and affects both men and women equally.

There are non-surgical and surgical techniques to treating hyperhidrosis.

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