If you find out that you happen to sweat a lot and you are unable to control it, it could be Hyperhidrosis and it sure affects more than just your clothes. It can have an extremely negative impact on your quality of life.
Everyone gets hot and sweaty from time to time, but excessive sweating is a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis (or primary hyperhidrosis), and it can be extremely isolating and distressing.
Hyperhidrosis is more common than you might think and affects a significant percentage of the world’s population. If you’re wondering whether you have this condition, here are the signs of hyperhidrosis.
You Sweat Beyond Expectation
The main sign of hyperhidrosis is that you sweat in a way that is extreme and unnecessary given the situation. This condition makes you sweat beyond what the body needs to control temperature or react to stimuli.
For many affected people, hyperhidrosis sweating can be drenching and four or five times what may be considered a ‘normal’ reaction to stress, exercise, or heat.
While a person with hyperhidrosis may certainly sweat even more during hot weather, they may also sweat just as much in an air-conditioned room.
You Can’t Control Your Sweats
Common areas of the body affected by hyperhidrosis are the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet, the underarms, the face or scalp, and the groin or buttocks region. Experts say it can be constant, or come on suddenly without warning.
In many cases, the sweating is so excessive that it drips, soaks clothing, or ruins objects held in the hands.
You Try To Hide Your Sweats
One sign that you may have this condition is when you use towels, fans, special clothing, pads, make-up, or powders to attempt to “hide” your sweating. You may also have to change clothing or shoes several times during the day, and carry multiple identical items of clothing so these wardrobe changes are not noticeable.
Your Worries About Sweating Is Affecting Your Life
Hyperhidrosis can affect confidence or cause psychosocial issues like fear, anxiety, sadness, or isolation. In certain situations, it can cause a person to avoid situations, change careers, or lose opportunities due to social stigma.
In a 2017 report published in the journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 69 percent of hyperhidrosis patients reported an impact on their psychological well-being. Additionally, concerns related to other people’s negative reactions and judgment were reported by 64 percent.
Many of them revealed that their condition affected their enjoyment of hobbies and interfered with daily activities, and most of them reported low self-esteem and a negative self-image because of their condition.