Hyperhidrosis is characterised by abnormal, profuse sweating that may affect one or a mix of the next:
- Hands, known as palmar hyperhidrosis
- Armpits, known as axillary hyperhidrosis
- Ft, known as plantar hyperhidrosis
The unnecessary sweating frequently disrupts day to day activities. For instance, patients with palmar hyperhidrosis have wet, moist hands that typically hinder grasping objects. Individuals with axillary hyperhidrosis sweat a lot using their underarms making them stain their clothes soon after they dress. Plantar hyperhidrosis, sweating from the ft, makes ones socks and footwear wet, which results in elevated feet odor.
Signs and symptoms of hyperhidrosis frequently become noticeable during childhood and adolescence. Oftentimes sweating can be very severe, affecting everyday existence and causing social embarrassment. It’s believed that the unnecessary sweating might be introduced on by stress, feelings or exercise. However, additionally, it can happen spontaneously.
The supportive central nervous system controls the sweating through the body. Frequently there’s no identifiable cause, but excessive activity from the supportive central nervous system is thought to be responsible in nearly all individuals affected. The supportive central nervous system normally responds strongly in situations of fear or stress. It’s not understood why patients with hyperhidrosis have the symptoms of constant elevated activity of the system. The involved nerves branch in the supportive chain inside the chest cavity.
Reviewed by healthcare specialists at UCSF Clinic.