Generalized Hyperhidrosis

Definition - What does Generalized Hyperhidrosis mean?

Generalized Hyperhidrosis is a condition which causes people to sweat excessively with no apparent reason. While sweating is normally caused by the body being put under a certain kind of pressure (i.e. heat, exercise, stress), in the case of generalized hyperhidrosis the sweating is not triggered by any detectable external or internal factors. The condition usually starts to be noticeable before the age of 25, and can be hereditary or caused by an underlying illness.

In generalized hyperhidrosis, the sweating involves the entire body, while in localized hyperhidrosis the sweating is focused on particular body parts.

TheConsultation explains Generalized Hyperhidrosis

Generalized hyperhidrosis is a type of hyperhidrosis, which is the occurrence of abnormal sweating that has no apparent triggers in the person’s surroundings or known internal conditions such as illnesses or physiological imbalances. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Primary focal hyperhidrosis is localized hyperhidrosis, meaning the bouts of sweating are focused on only one or maximum two areas of the body.

Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis has the same symptoms as primary focal hyperhidrosis, but the sweating occurs all over the body or in several areas simultaneously, as opposed to just one specific part. Generalized hyperhidrosis is most often a result of an underlying medical condition which needs to be treated.

Conditions which result in hyperhidrosis are thyroid problems, heart disease, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and menopause. Secondary generalized hyperhidrosis can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as Norpramin, Pamelor, and protriptyline. The condition’s symptoms are constant bouts of excessive sweating which occur consistently at least several times per week with no apparent trigger, with the points of the body where the overwhelming sweating occurs being hands, armpits, face, and feet.

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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