Sweating is the body’s natural way to cool down and the amount each person sweats depends on their particular physiology. Excessive sweating, also called Hyperhidrosis, is classified as uncontrollable sweating that has no external cause. If you are sweating for no obvious reason, such as physical exertion, anxiety or illness, you might be suffering from Hyperhidrosis.
It is a common condition and can affect most areas of the body, but is more commonly experienced in the armpits, feet, hands, groin or face. In more severe cases, beads of sweat can drip from the affected areas down the body. While most cases of Hyperhidrosis are harmless, it can have a major effect on the sufferer’s confidence and quality of life.
The exact causes of Hyperhidrosis are unclear. Overactive eccrine sweat glands, which are the glands responsible for cooling and cover the entire body, are believed to be the most common cause. It may also be a symptom of an overactive sympathetic nervous system, or it may simply be hereditary.
A more serious condition, known as secondary Hyperhidrosis, can be the result of an underlying complaint such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism. It can also occur as a side effect of some medications or during the reduction in sex hormones associated with the menopause. Secondary Hyperhidrosis causes a less localized, more general sweating in the body. If you suspect you are suffering from this condition, we recommend visiting your GP.