Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which sweating occurs beyond what is required to maintain a normal body temperature. People with hyperhidrosis generally produce 4-5 times more sweat than average to deal with heat or stress. Primary hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating without a known cause, can affect the underarms, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, scalp, face and other areas. The condition affects approximately 15 million people in the United States1, and nearly 5 percent of the world’s population. The onset of hyperhidrosis often begins in childhood or adolescence and lasts through adulthood, impacting both men and women equally. Understandably, excessive sweating can be embarrassing and interfere with every day activities at school, work and other social situations. Those who live with the condition may avoid raising their hand during class, hide sweat stains by wearing layers of clothing or change clothes and/or shower frequently throughout the day.
On Wednesday, November 8, during the first ever Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month, Dr. Adam Friedman and Lisa J. Pieretti will be available to educate viewers on this rarely discussed, but common condition. They’ll review not only the impact that it can have on one’s quality of life, career choices, and relationships, but also tips and tools to manage symptoms.