How Do I Know If My Sweating Is Considered Hyperhidrosis?

How Do I Know If My Sweating Is Considered Hyperhidrosis?


Hyperhidrosis occurs when the body excessively sweats, even if you are not exercising or in the heat. It’s the kind of sweat that soaks through your clothes, drips in your eyes, and drips off the tips of your fingers. It is an abnormal amount of sweat. People who suffer with hyperhidrosis often suffer with poor self-esteem and social anxiety.

What Are the Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis?

The primary symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It’s not just regular underarm sweat; people with hyperhidrosis sweat from their hands, feet, back, breasts, and face, too. There are times when hyperhidrosis is serious enough to warrant a call or visit to your physician, as it can be a serious condition. See your doctor immediate if:

  • You become lightheaded
  • You experience chest pain

Seek immediate medical attention if your heavy sweating is accompanied by lightheadedness, chest pain or nausea. You should also make an appointment to see your physician if you sweat so much that it makes it difficult to do your work or disrupts your lifestyle. If you begin to withdraw socially or feel self-conscious about your sweat, you should call your physician.

Treatments for Hyperhidrosis

The first thing you physician will do is determine if there is an underlying reason for hyperhidrosis. The most common treatment for hyperhidrosis is prescription strength antiperspirant. While that works for most people, sometimes it takes more aggressive treatment, such as sweat gland removal surgery. It is important to seek treatment because there can be complications. Not only does excess sweat create risk for skin infections, but profusely sweating from your hands can also increase to risk of an accident. The social and emotional ramifications of hyperhidrosis can also be debilitating and lead to depression and isolation.

Skin Care Research Is Studying Hyperhidrosis

We are currently enrolling qualified participants in a 52-week (17 clinic visits) research study for the treatment of axillary hyperhidrosis. To qualify:

  • Participants must be ages 12+
  • Participants must not be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Participants must be exhibiting symptoms of axillary hyperhidrosis for at least 6 months
  • Participants will receive study gel and compensation for time and travel. Call 561-948-3116 to see if you qualify.

At Skin Care Research, our professional team of skin care experts offers a wide range of FDA-regulated trials in both clinical and cosmetic dermatology. If you have more questions about tattoos or would like to discuss the possibility of participating in a future study, sign up today. With over 25 years of experience in the execution of dermatological clinical trials — our team is highly trained and committed to ensuring that all clinical guidelines are met and that the rights of every patient are always protected. Call 561-948-3116 or fill out the form on this page to learn more about our clinical trial options.