Localized Hyperhidrosis

Definition - What does Localized Hyperhidrosis mean?

Localized hyperhidrosis is a medical condition which causes a person to sweat excessively, without any apparent external or internal trigger. While sweating is a normal, regulatory process of the body when it is trying to cool itself down due to internal overheating caused either by external heat, mental or physical stress, exercise or illness, a person suffering from hyperhidrosis will have abnormal bouts of sweating occur without any internal or external factors that would normally cause the body to sweat.

Localized hyperhidrosis is the excessive sweating localized in a particular area of the body, meaning it is affecting a particular body part almost exclusively.

TheConsultation explains Localized Hyperhidrosis

Localized hyperhidrosis, also known as primary focal hyperhidrosis, is a subcategory of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition which causes a person to sweat excessively without any apparent internal or external factors causing the sweating to occur. What differentiates hyperhidrosis from regular sweating is, thus, not only the excessive amount of sweat which the body produces, but also the timing of the sweating and the apparent lack of cause. Hyperhidrosis can be hereditary, or caused by an underlying illness.

Primary focal hyperhidrosis, or localized hyperhidrosis, is idiopathic and it affects one particular body area, usually the underarms, hands, face, or feet. Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis is similar in all aspects but that of the affected area – people suffering from the second subcategory have sweating bouts all over their body or in several specific areas simultaneously. When it’s not hereditary, hyperhidrosis is a result of underlying conditions such as thyroid problems, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and menopause.

The condition can be treated by specialized antiperspirants, medication, or in extreme cases by the surgical removal of problematic sweat glands.

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