A highly common condition, Hyperhidrosis is when a person sweats excessively.
This condition may only affect certain areas such as armpits, hands, feet, face or groin or it could be your entire body depending on the severity. Usually both sides of the body are affected i.e both hands or both feet. Although this condition doesn’t cause any medical threat, it can be extremely stressful and some may find it highly embarrassing. It could also lead to mental health issues, for example depression or anxiety.
There is no definitive cause of this problem however a number of things can lead to something called secondary hyperhidrosis:
• Pregnancy or the menopause
• Certain medications
• Low blood sugar known as hypoglycaemia
• Overactive thyroid
Sweating is a normal part of life, in stressful or nervous situations or through exercise, everyone is likely to sweat. However, if you feel you are sweating more than what you would consider ‘normal’ you could be suffering with this condition. Signs to look out for are:
• Sweating without participating in physical activity
• Having to frequently shower or change clothes
• You can’t get the sweating under control
Excessive sweating can be challenging to treat and it may take time to find the right treatment for you.
Whilst working out what benefits you the most, simple measures can be taken to try and ease the condition:
• Wearing loose and light clothes
• Avoiding triggers such as alcohol and spicy foods
• Wearing black or white clothes to help minimise the signs of sweating.