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This is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. The word “hyperhidrosis” means too much (hyper) sweating (hidrosis).
This excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities. Hands can be so sweaty that it becomes difficult to turn a doorknob or use a computer. Sweat from the underarms often soaks through clothes, causing obvious sweat marks. Because the skin is often wet, skin infections can develop.
You can learn about other signs and symptoms, treatment, and more by visiting the pages below.
Bellet J. “Hyperhidrosis and hypertrichosis in children and adolescents.” Focus session presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology: Miami. Mar 2013.
Walling H. “Primary hyperhidrosis increases the risk of cutaneous infection: A case-control study of 387 patients.” J Am Acad Dermatol.2009;61:242-6.