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Four things to know about hyperhidrosis (excess sweating)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.