What hyperhidrosis is and if there can be different reasons for it

Hyperhidrosis is a condition whereby the sweat glands overact and trigger excessive sweating. Your sweat glands function more than needed. The reasons include;

  • Emotional stress like anxiety.
  • Spinal cord problems or injuries.
  • Heat
  • Some odors or foods like chocolate and peanut.
  • Menopause
  • Exercise
  • Metabolic stress.

Is it something to be concerned about?

Of course, yes. It may mentally affect the victim, especially if it causes body odor that is embarrassing. It may also cause skin conditions, including itchiness, inflammation, or maceration that accompanies skin disintegration on the soles of the feet.

If it keeps happening should we seek medical help?

Definitely, yes because it is a health condition and when left untreated, it may be life-threatening.

Are there ways to prevent it?

Yes, especially if it is the generalized type. For example;

  • Lifestyle changes, such as, more frequent showering if you have minor symptoms of the condition.
  • Antiperspirants like aluminum-based types to block the sweat glands.
  • Use clinical-grade wipes with glycopyrroniumtosylate to lessen sweating in the armpits.
Ieva Kubiliute

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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