Upon first learning that hyperhidrosis means excessive sweating, you might wonder how much of a problem it could really be. Just use more antiperspirant/deodorant, right? But people with hyperhidrosis don't just get really sweaty when they exercise. They sweat excessively while just sitting around inside, and can produce up to five times as much sweat as the average person. And we're not talking about some unattractive armpit sweat circles -- some people report difficulty driving due to slippery palms and changing clothes several times a day because shirts and pants get soaked through quickly.
For unknown reasons, people with hyperhidrosis have sweat glands that work overtime, far beyond what they need to stay cool under normal conditions. It's a life-altering problem, one that keeps some people in their houses, depressed and socially anxious, because they're ashamed of their condition.
People with hyperhidrosis often buy numerous over-the-counter products in the search for a cure, but in many cases, a visit to the doctor is in order. Prescription antiperspirants can help, and so can Botox injections. A more permanent solution is surgery, which consists of cutting or clamping nerve connections responsible for sweating in specific areas of the body. This solution often applies to people who have excessively sweaty palms. It's risky, however, and a potential side effect is that the body will send signals to start sweating more in another area of the body to compensate.