Hyperhidrosis Implications

Some sufferers may not be aware that Hyperhidrosis is a disease, and have learned to live with their symptoms. Even if they suspect they have a condition, they are not sure who they should approach for advice, with many uncertain which group of health care providers can manage the complaint. Patients may even have been told that they will have to live with their condition, because of a doctor’s lack of knowledge of treatment options.

Whilst the condition has obvious aesthetic problems, the excessive sweating can have significant social, psychological and professional implications as well.

Psychological:
Hyperhidrosis is a very distressing condition for patients. It is the most common skin disease associated with a co-morbidity of psychiatric disorders (anxiety, depression, social phobia). People who sweat excessively often get caught in a cycle, in that they become anxious that their sweat is visible to others, and the anxiety causes them to sweat even more.

It can impact negatively on many aspects of a person’s life from forming close relationships to choosing a career.

Social and Occupational:
Even the simplest day to day activities can be challenging, with sufferers agonizing over the choice of what to wear in the morning, with others having an entire wardrobe only full of black clothes.

Sweaty palms can be very embarrassing, with patients leaving damp patches on documents, having a slippery keyboard, or dreading the welcoming of a new colleague or client with a wet handshake. Often these patients carry a piece of cloth with them everywhere so that they can wipe their hands repeatedly during any sort of activity.

Men who are required to wear business shirts become self conscious about their obvious armpit sweating, and worry that their managers may feel that they are not able to cope with the pressure at work. This situation can be compounded by the fact that men tend to be more reluctant to discuss medical matters, and therefore may be less likely to seek help.

The teenage years are a particular challenge, with the social embarrassment associated with the condition, causing many to avoid seeking the formation of intimate relationships, for fear of rejection.

Forehead and head sweating is another embarrassing problem, with woman often reporting that they have completely given up on ever being able to style their hair.

Next post we discuss the treatment options available for this condition.

Note: Information on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice.

References

AFR Sweaty Australians are turning to Botox May 5 2015
AFP Hyperhidrosis and bromhidrosis May 2013
Treatment of Primary Axillary Hyperhidrosis with Botulinum Toxin Type A: Our experience in 50 patients from 2007 to 2010 ISRN Dermatology 2012