Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, is a troublesome and sometimes humiliating condition affecting the sweat glands. These glands are responsible for regulating the body’s temperature, but in the case of hyperhidrosis, the glands become overactive and trigger the body to produce more sweat than it needs or wants.
The disorder typically manifests both day and night in the underarms, the feet, the hands, the whole body or just the face and can seriously disturb one’s routine, especially at work or when one must present a professional image.
Primary excessive sweating is an ailment that is almost always inherited and has its onset during the pre-teen or teenage years. Its cousin, secondary excessive sweating, is simply a side effect of health problems such as an infection, an endocrine disease, a neurological condition, malignancy or a spinal cord injury.