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Welcome to the new look pages of Hyperhidrosis UK, the updated Hyperhidrosis UK Support group website. You will find the pages still contain all the information to help you live with hyperhidrosis and the support for you (via the Contact Us) if you can't find the answer you are looking for within these pages.

If there is anything you think we have missed please let us know.

Sweating is a normal bodily function.

We all sweat to help keep the body at a steady temperature so that all the chemical reactions inside work properly.

We sweat more when it is hot, when we exercise and when we are stressed or anxious.

Some people sweat much more than is needed to control their body temperature. This is known as hyperhidrosis.

I had hyperhidrosis of the hands, feet, and armpits, and experienced all the demoralising symptoms mentioned by others: soggy paper, smelly shoes, sweat patches on clothing, embarrassment about taking off my shoes, raising my arms, shaking or holding hands, etc. Physical contact with other people was very difficult for me, as I was painfully aware that I was not pleasant to touch.

What causes hyperhidrosis?

We don't know exactly what causes it. It would appear that the nerves that normally make us sweat are more active in patients with hyperhidrosis. It tends to start in adolescence or even earlier in childhood, especially when it affects the hands and feet. There are answers to many more questions in our FAQ section.

Areas Affected

Most cases of primary hyperhidrosis affect the hands and/or the feet and/or the underarms. Other areas of the body such as the face and scalp, back, neck, chest, groin, legs and buttocks can also be affected. Typically, it affects both sides of the body equally.

People with primary hyperhidrosis do not sweat when asleep which is one way of differentiating it form other casues of sweating.

Treatment Options

Unfortunately, there is no cure for primary hyperhidrosis but there are many treatments available that can help to reduce sweating from the affected areas. Some straightforward self-help measures can be of benefit. Your GP can prescribe a strong antiperspirant. many patients are referred to see a dermatologist in hospital where they are likely to try a course of iontophoresis. There are also a number of options that are only available privately.

If you are a healthcare professional you can find more information on our medical staff page.

This website contains information on hyperhidrosis for the benefit of patients and is provided by STD Pharmaceutical Products Ltd  a family run business based in Hereford specialising in treatments for hyperhidrosis and varicose veins.


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