Hyperhidrosis, more commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is a condition that causes heavy sweating, even when you have not been exercising or feel particularly warm. Since November is Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month, we thought it a great time to dig into what causes this more-common-than-you-think condition and how to treat it.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Hyperhidrosis can be caused by genetics, known as primary hyperhidrosis, or as a result of certain medical conditions or medications, known as secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis happens when nerve signals tell sweat glands to “turn on” even when not needed. This often results in heavy sweating under the arms, but can also affect the palms of your hands and soles of your feet.