What is Hyperhidrosis?

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Sweating is a natural body function. It occurs when the sweat glands release liquids from our bodies to keep our bodies cool. Some people sweat more because they either have more sweat glands or because of their lifestyle. Sometimes the mood of a person can also affect the amount of sweat their body produces. But when you sweat excessively regardless of your lifestyle or mood, you might already be suffering from a health condition called Hyperhidrosis.

The Condition

This health condition refers to excessive sweating of the body. It can be triggered by other neurologic, systemic, or even metabolic conditions. The kind of weather can also contribute to this condition.

The sweating is very evident on certain areas of the body such as the underarms, palms, and the soles of the feet. As the condition worsens, people become more uncomfortable with their bodies. They can barely grasp into something because of their wet hands or they are too ashamed to go out in public because of their sweaty underarms visible through their shirts.

The Forms

Hyperhidrosis has two forms. One is the primary focal and other is the secondary general. While the symptoms are very similar, the causes for these different forms vary.

• Primary Focal

Between the two, this is the more common form that affects a lot of people. It can target anyone. Even if you consider yourself as someone who is living a healthy lifestyle, you can still suffer from it. The parts of the body affected are the underarms, hands, soles of the feet, and face.

After conducting many different kinds of research on this condition, research has pointed to a malfunction in some part of the nervous system as the culprit. Because of this malfunction, the brain transmits signals that command the skin to produce sweat even when the situation doesn’t call for it.

Even if the condition is not brought about by an unhealthy lifestyle, you should still be conscious about your lifestyle choices because it can negatively affect your condition. If you are already suffering from excessive sweating, you should already refrain from doing things or eating foods that will motivate your body to sweat.

• Secondary General

With this form, the sweating is not isolated on just some parts of the body but it is experienced on the entire body. This is the more serious form of Hyperhidrosis. People who experience this condition should seek medical attention as it most likely caused by a health problem that is not yet diagnosed.

Although it requires individual analysis to identify the underlying problem, more and more cases of the “secondary general” are believed to be caused by tuberculosis, diabetes, leukemia, lymphoma, and even Parkinson’s disease.

However, not all cases are caused by a health problem. Some are caused by medication intakes. There are drugs that can trigger this condition. Physical condition such as pregnancy can also be a contributing factor to secondary general excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis can cause discomfort, but it can also help reveal an underlying health problem. It is a condition that should be given attention. There are medical experts that can help patients suffering from this condition.

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