Hyperhydrosis is the medical name for excessive chronic sweating disorder that affects nearly 8.8% of the population. Hyperhydrosis causes one to sweat disproportionately to certain stimuli and can be damaging to a person’s self-esteem. People with hyperhydrosis sweat 4 to 5 times more than the average person which can result in embarrassing sweat stains and discomfort that causes the person to refrain from activities where they are prone to sweat and avoid certain social or business situations where their condition may flare up.
In some cases, hyperhydrosis is a secondary symptom of another medical situation such as diabetes, menopause or cancers. It can also be a side-effect of some medications like antidepressants. It is important to consult a board-certified dermatologist in order to identify whether you have primary or secondary hyperhydrosis and discuss the best treatment options. Common treatment options include prescription grade antiperspirants, botox injections, laser treatments, and in extreme cases surgeries to remove excess sweat glands.