Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that effects 3% of the American population. It manifests as persistent, usually unprovoked sweating of the underarms, palms, soles or face. Those suffering from underarm sweating may have to change clothes often to avoid staining. Sweating of the palms interferes with handshaking and simple tasks such as holding a pen or a steering wheel. Foot sweating leads to chronic athlete’s foot and odor, and makes it difficult to wear sandals. Hyperhidrosis is usually embarrassing and debilitating as it complicates romantic, social and business interactions.
With a stepwise approach to treatment, most patients with hyperhidrosis can achieve a lessening of symptoms and an increased quality of life. Options include topical antiperspirants, oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, and iontophoresis.
The International Hyperhidrosis Society website is a great place to learn more about hyperhidrosis and connect with others who have the condition.