Excessive underarm sweating, known as primary axillary hyperhidrosis is a chronic medical condition that results in sweating beyond what is needed for normal body regulation. Affecting more than 10 million people in the United States, those with any form of hyperhidrosis generally produce 4-5 times more sweat than average to deal with heat or stress. Sweating is an essential tool for our bodies but excessive sweating can be a burden when the effects begin to impact your mental and emotional wellbeing. Those diagnosed with this condition often report that simple day to day tasks can be disrupted, impacting their mental health, both at work and homelife.
Spring is just around the corner and with rising temperatures comes more myths about hyperhidrosis. Some people think excessive sweating is especially burdensome in the summer and disproportionately affects people who live in extreme climates or is caused by exercise or extreme heat, when in truth, people with hyperhidrosis sweat regardless of activity or temperature.
Excessive sweating is more than just an aesthetic problem and affects the mental and emotional health of those living with hyperhidrosis at work and throughout their daily lives: