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Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized or localized to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, axillae, and the groin area are among the most active regions of perspiration due to the relatively high concentration of sweat glands; however, any part of the body may be affected. Primary hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or even before, and interestingly, seems to be inherited as an autosomal dominant genetic trait.

History and Symptoms

  • Location
    • Palmar: Excessive sweating of the hands.
    • Axillary: Excessive sweating of the armpits.
    • Plantar: Excessive sweating of the feet.
    • Facial: Excessive sweating of the face. (i.e. not emotional or thermal related blushing)
    • General: Overall excessive sweating.
  • Time pattern
    • Does it occur at night?
    • Did it begin suddenly?
  • Triggers
    • Does the sweating occur when you are reminded of something that upset you (such as traumatic event)?
  • Common Symptoms:
    • Weight loss
    • Pounding heartbeat
    • Cold or clammy hands
    • Fever
    • Lack of appetite


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