How Much Do You Know About Hyperhidrosis?

Allison Tsai | Dec 26, 2012

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People with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands.
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This is true, although the sweating can be caused by medication or an underlying condition. Once medication is stopped, or the other condition is treated, the sweating may stop. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)

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  1. People with hyperhidrosis have overactive sweat glands.

    Correct Answer: True

    This is true, although the sweating can be caused by medication or an underlying condition. Once medication is stopped, or the other condition is treated, the sweating may stop. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)

  2. Sweating can occur when the temperature is cool in people with hyperhidrosis.

    Correct Answer: True

    Sweating can occur in cool temperature and when the body is at rest, because the sweating is triggered by other stimuli, such as anxiety. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)

  3. Primary hyperhidrosis involves sweating on the face and scalp.

    Correct Answer: False

    Actually, it involves sweating in armpits, hands and feet. But, people with hyperhidrosis can have excessive sweating on the face and scalp, or all over their body.

  4. Primary hyperhidrosis affects 10 percent of the population.

    Correct Answer: False

    It only affects 2 to 3 percent of the population. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)

  5. One diagnostic test includes applying a special paper to a problem area, then weighing the amount of sweat.

    Correct Answer: True

    This is called a paper test. A starch-iodine test may also be done, which indicates excessive sweating with a dark blue color. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)

  6. Strong antiperspirants, medications, Botox and minimally invasive surgical procedures can be used to treat hyperhidrosis.

    Correct Answer: True

    There are several treatment options, depending on the part of the body that sweats excessively. If one treatment doesn’t work, you can move on to another. Go to a dermatologist to find out your options. Source: [NIH](http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007259.htm)