The Facts About Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that defines individuals who sweat more than the body would normally need to in order to maintain optimal temperature. Hyperhidrosis affects approximately 3% of the population – some 950,000 Canadians. It has been previously disregarded as a natural body reaction that most sufferers learn to live with and compensate for in lifestyle, but it has also been shown to seriously affect quality of life. Many sufferers must be conscious of their sweating when making decisions about daily activities. It can have an emotional, social, and physical impact on sufferers.
What Causes Hyperhidrosis?
There are two types of hyperhidrosis:
1. Focal Hyperhidrosis:
Also known as primary hyperhidrosis, has an unknown cause. Although this type of hyperhidrosis has an unknown cause, the way it affects sufferers appears to be related to over-activity of the central nervous system thereby causing an overactive stimulation of local sweat glands.
2. Generalized Hyperhidrosis:
Also known as secondary hyperhidrosis is actually caused by another underlying condition (e.g. endocrine disorders, menopause, obesity, nerve damage, and rarely, some types of drugs). This type of hyperhidrosis generally occurs over the whole body and is usually treated by addressing the underlying condition.
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