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- Background Information — Hyperhidrosis a disorder of eccrine sweat glands characterized by excessive production of sweat beyond normal physiologic levels. It can be either a localized or generalized problem. Sweat glands are found in the scalp, armpits, and groin folds. Symptoms typically begin in adolescence.
- It’s more common than you think. Hyperhidrosis affects nearly 5% of the US population. 70% of patients report severe excess sweating in at least one body area. Most patients will wait several years before discussing it with their health care provider.
- Topical antiperspirants will control most cases that are mild-to-moderate in nature. The vast majority, nearly 90% of topical antiperspirants, can alleviate mild hyperhidrosis.
- There are several treatments for moderate-to-severe cases. Your primary care provider may prescribe an oral or topical treatment or have you see a specialist for other treatment options.