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Date:7/23/2009

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About Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Patients with hyperhidrosis produce an amount of sweat that far exceeds that needed to regulate body temperature.

Hyperhidrosis can cause dehydration and skin problems, including infections secondary to skin maceration, and can be accompanied by strong odors. Some people may sweat so profusely that they need to change clothing several times a day.

Hyperhidrosis most frequently develops in adolescence or young adulthood. The underlying cause of the disorder is uncertain but genetics may play a role -- one-third to one-half of patients has a family history of the disorder. Severe sweating may be exacerbated by stress, emotion or exercise, but often occurs spontaneously. The precise mechanism that triggers the condition is unclear but appears to be related to malfunction in the sympathetic nervous system -- the part of the autonomic nervous system that regulates "involuntary" bodily functions (those we don't exert conscious control over) such as breathing, the heart beat, and regulation of body temperature. In people with hyperhidrosis, this system may produce too much of the neurotransmitter that triggers the eccrine glands to produce sweat, or the eccrine glands may be overreactive.

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