Pronounced: Hi-per-hi-dro-sisEn Español (Spanish Version)
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It can be an embarrassing and serious problem. It can affect social, professional, and intimate relationships.
The sweating may be in just one area. It is most common in the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and/or armpits. In some cases, the sweating can also affect the entire body. Hyperhidrosis is divided into two categories:
- Usually affects specific areas
- Has no known cause
- Usually affects the entire body
- Caused by an underlying condition
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Primary hyperhidrosis may be triggered by:
- High emotional states, such as intense sadness, fear, anger, or stress
- Spicy foods
- Hot climates
- Certain medications
Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by conditions such as:
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Michael Woods, MD
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