The medical term for excessive sweating is hyperhydrosis. It is very common and can significantly impact the quality of life. While sweating is a normal response to exercise, essential for regulating body temperature, approximately 5% of individuals spontaneously sweat in an excessive manor. As the most common cause is anxiety, insecurity and tense situations. It flares at inopportune times such as important occasions when you are most nervous or attempting to make the best impression. Continuously wet palms are a social and occupational handicap. Half of these individuals sweat excessively in the armpits or axillae. The amount of sweat from the palms is 4-5 times more than seen in non-sufferers. Often there is a family history of hyperhydosis.
Excessive sweating often starts during the teen years and continues through most of a persons working career. When hyperhydrosis affects the hands, it complicates employment that involves working on a computer keyboard or writing with a pen or even handling paper. A handshake with a new client becomes a moment of intense embarrassment for the sufferer.