Imagine getting ready for work and having to change clothes before you even leave the house because you've already sweated through your first shirt. After carefully padding the armpits of the new shirt to try to prevent sweat from drenching it, you make sure to bring a few spares so you can change later in the day. Breakfast proves to be a challenge when the warm mug keeps slipping from your sweaty palms, and keeping a grip on your fork is a challenge. You're relieved you didn't accept the breakfast invitation from your co-workers -- this ordeal is unbearable in front of other people.
Your sweaty hands make it difficult to grip the steering wheel, so you must drive extra cautiously. By the time you arrive at work, your socks and shoes are soaked with sweat. And so, sitting down at your desk, you sigh and begin the struggle of getting through another day.
Hyperhidrosis, also called diaphoresis, involves extreme or excessive sweating. People with this condition may sweat at levels four or five times what most people experience. These levels are far beyond what is considered normal or necessary for the body to keep cool.
This condition can take several forms, and it varies in severity from person to person. So let's take a closer look at who gets hyperhidrosis and what that means.