Hyperhidrosis, or hyper perspiration, is excessive sweating beyond what is needed to regulate body temperature. The areas generally affected by the condition are the armpits, hands, feet and face, but hyperhidrosis may also spread to the entire body. Learn more about the condition, its diagnosis and the different treatment options available.
The first step is to assess the severity of the condition. The physician will use the Minor test to measure the amount of sweat produced by the body (even though this naturally varies over time). For this test, an iodine solution is applied to the areas of the skin concerned, followed by corn starch. The areas of most sweat production turn black, while the dryer areas remain a light brown color. The doctor will also assess the psychological and social impacts of the condition to provide the right form of therapy.
1 HDSS: Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale