Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)

Hyperhidrosis is a chronic medical disorder that results in the production of excessive sweat. A recent study determined that this condition - once thought to be rare - actually affects approximately 2.8 percent of the U.S. population, or 7.8 million people. Even more compelling, one out of three people surveyed with the condition said their sweating was intolerable or barely tolerable. Many sufferers said they were depressed and frustrated with daily activities, and they experienced interference with work and romance and had difficulty meeting people. Common areas generally affected are the underarms (armpits), palms of the hands and soles of the feet.