Hydrohidrosis is the medical term for a condition that causes individuals to excessively sweat. Hyper means “too much” in Greek, while “hidrosis” means sweating. Hydrohidrosis is the result of overactive sweat glands (called the eccrine glands), as opposed to normal perspiration that can be caused by exercise or hot body temperature. Often hydrohidrosis is triggered or exacerbated by stress. People who suffer from this condition most commonly perspire from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. Often perspiration is so severe that suffers must change their shirts multiple times a day. While excessive sweating is a medical condition, it doesn’t signal a disease or drug interaction. About 3% of Americans suffer from hydrohydrosis to varying degrees. These individuals are otherwise healthy, although the condition can lead to dehydration and skin infections, as well as, a foul odor.
The actually underlying cause of hydrohidrosis is unknown, however, we do know that it is the result of a disorder of the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. These nerves signal the glands to produce excessive amounts of unnecessary perspiration. Though this condition often worsens with stress or nervousness, symptoms can also come on for no apparent reason. Hydrohidrosis is believed to have a genetic component. About 40% of patients who suffer from the condition have family members who do too. The onset of hydrohidrosis typically begins during puberty.
Treatment is highly individualized and may include a combination of remedies. Among these are: