The Hyperhidrosis Support Group is run by volunteers who take no funding from individuals. Because of this, we have to contact medical companies from time to time to help aid our costs such as paperwork sent out to all medical staff who request it, updating of our website when necessary and attending meetings once or twice a year.
Sweating is necessary to control body temperature during times of exercise and in warm/hot surroundings. Sweating is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system. In up to 1.0% of the population, this system is revved-up and works at a very high level, causing sweating to occur at inappropriate times in specific areas of the body. This condition is known as hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis can occur in many different areas of the body. Most commonly, hyperhidrosis appears on the palms. In this case it is known as Palmer hyperhidrosis. However the condition isn't just limited to the hands as Hyperhidrosis is also a problem on the soles of the feet (Planter hyperhidrosis) the armpits (axillae), the face, the head, the groin and the back.
Doctors have long tried to deal with this problem. Until now, no plan of action has produced any completely satisfactory results.
Solutions in the past have included everything from psychotherapy to heavy applications of antiperspirants.
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