What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Have you ever experienced wet hands and excessive sweating while on an exam, job interview, meeting boyfriend’s parents, or when you were nervous? If so, you may have a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Sweat is needed to maintain stable body temperature and remove metabolic waste. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that occurs when excessive sweating comes out when it is not triggered by hot ambient temperatures or heavy physical activity. People who suffer this condition uses an iontophoresis device that they can buy on the market. However, if you want to save some money, you may consider building your own device.

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Most hyperhidrosis does not endanger health but can have psychological and social effects because it can cause feelings of shame and awkwardness for sufferers. Hyperhidrosis occurs in 1% of the world’s population and is more common in women than men. This number can increase, because of the many cases of hyperhidrosis that are not reported.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Based on the cause, hyperhidrosis can be divided into two, namely:

Primary hyperhidrosis

In most cases, the cause of hyperhidrosis can not be clearly known, generally due to increased sympathetic nerve activity.

Secondary hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is caused by other conditions or diseases, divided into three types, viz

Emotionally triggered hyperhidrosis, such as fear and anxiety, generally attacks the armpits, palms, and soles of the feet.

Local hyperhidrosis, caused by damage to the sympathetic nerves caused by trauma or congenital birth.

General hyperhidrosis, caused by autonomic nerve disorders or the presence of other diseases such as diabetes insipidus, malignancy, menopause, heart attack, Parkinson’s, and the effects of drugs.

Other symptoms that indicate a person has hyperhidrosis are:

Avoid physical contact such as shaking hands, knowing that his hands are sweaty.

Rarely participate in physical activities such as sports or dancing, because it can worsen the conditions experienced
Excessive sweating can interfere with your work, such as difficulty holding objects or typing with a computer keyboard because the sweat on your palm makes it slippery.

Difficulty in carrying out daily activities such as driving
Spending a lot of time to overcome this condition, such as frequent bathing and changing clothes.

Be aware of the conditions experienced so that you withdraw from the social environment.