Based on an interview with Sydney dermatologist, Dr Rob Rosen conducted at the Annual Women’s and Children’s Health Update, Sydney in February 2018.
Hyperhidrosis is a very distressing condition that equally affects both men and women, across all ethnicities. It occurs in approximately 3% of the general population and the onset is in childhood or adolescence. However, only about one third of people affected seek medical advice.
In addition to the physical effects, the psychological impact on affected individuals is significant. Embarrassment, anxiety and depression are very commonly associated with this condition.
In primary hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands are normal but there is an apparently exaggerated sympathetic response. The sweat glands most susceptible to these sympathetic cholinergic effects are the eccrine glands found in the palms, soles and axillae.
Primary, focal hyperhidrosis tends to be bilateral and symmetrical, occurring at least once a week. It usually commences before a person reaches their ...