Whether due to genetics or a medical condition, hyperhidrosis can be a serious quality-of-life concern among patients, some of whom go to great lengths to avoid embarrassment, Dr. Turek says.
“Everybody is their own worst enemy,” Dr. Turek says. “It’s one of those things where, when you have that problem, it’s in your mind and you think everybody is noticing it.”
Most people find ways to navigate around their overproduction of perspiration. Despite the claim that some shirts are “moisture-wicking,” Dr. Turek says many patients use Kleenex to absorb moisture in their underarms or frequently change clothes to avoid wet armpits.
“They might change their clothes at work because it (the sweat) bleeds through, or they might, if they’re getting their picture taken for formal photos, wait until the last minute to put on a gown, and then take it off right away to avoid ruining it,” Dr. Turek says.
The location of sweat overproduction can vary by person, with some people having wetter feet and underarms and others having moister palms or faces.
Dr. Turek says the most common sites he sees are the underarms and the face, followed by hands and feet.