Excessive Perspiration: Hyperhydrosis

March 2017

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Definition of hyperhydrosis

  • Hyperhydrosis is the excessive production of sweat.
  • It can be mild, moderate or severe.
  • It can be localised in certain parts of the body such as the hands, the armpits or generalised throughout the body.
  • It can be due to a pathological cause or simply physiological with some people perspiring more than others to control their body temperature.
  • This perspiration is disturbing, unpleasant for close relatives and can be a real handicap.

Physical effects of excessive perspiration

  • Dehydration can occur if excessive sweating reaches 10 litres per day.
  • Infections of the feet and nails, especially fungal infections.
  • Risks of eczema and skin infections.

Psychological effects of this excessive perspiration

  • Excessive perspiration can affect a persons quality of life.
  • Excessive perspiration can cause feelings of embarrassment, low self esteem, affect confidence and cause relationship problems.
  • Affected people do not feel at ease, and become anxious about meeting people.
  • Some become isolated, do not want to go out, fearing comments from people they meet.
  • In addition, the anxiety caused by perspiration worsens the production of sweat.
  • Excess perspiration has aesthetic, relational, psychological and even professional consequences.

Hand perspiration

  • Hand perspiration can be a daily handicap for those who need to grip objects or use their hands for their occupation, also shaking hands with other people can be embarrassing.
  • This excess of perspiration on the hands can make hobbies such as playing the piano difficult,

Armpit perspiration

Excessive sweating under the armpits causes clothes to become wet requiring a change of clothes, also it can cause an offensive smell.

Foot perspiration

  • The perspiration of the feet causes bad smells but also bacterial infections or mycoses.
  • Excessive sweating can be a cause eczema on the feet.

Stress and emotions

Stress, anxiety, tiredness, fear, psychological shock and the fear generated by excess of perspiration are factors which can worsen the situation.

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