Medical glossary


Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterised by excessive sweating. In focal hyperhidrosis, sweating is localised and limited to specific body areas – usually hands, feet or armpits – whereas generalised hyperhidrosis affects larger areas or even the whole body, causing considerable discomfort.

Although physiological dysfunctions like hyperthyroidism, overweight or infections are generally the primary cause of hyperhidrosis, psychological components can play a significant role in the exacerbation of the disorder.