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The distress of sweating 

Hyperhidrosis is a common condition where a person sweats excessively and much more than the body needs in order to regulate its temperature.

Excessive sweating doesn’t usually pose a serious threat to a person’s health but it can be embarrassing and distressing. The inconvenience of it can also have a negative impact on your quality of life.

There is no set way of defining excessive sweating but if sweating is interfering with your daily life and normal activities, you may have hyperhidrosis.

Many people with the condition are too embarrassed to seek medical help or believe that nothing can be done to improve their symptoms. However, there is help available.

If you suddenly start sweating excessively, visit your GP so that the cause can be investigated. You should also see your doctor if you are having night sweats because it can sometimes be a sign of a serious illness.


Excessive sweating can be challenging to treat and it may take a while to find a treatment right for you.

Doctors usually recommend starting with the least invasive treatment, such as anti-perspirants. If this doesn’t work, you’ll move on to treatments such as medication to block the sweat glands and surgery.

Most people experience a significant improvement to their symptoms with time.