Article Abstract

Diagnosis and qualitative identification of hyperhidrosis

Authors: Shiri Nawrocki

Abstract

Hyperhidrosis is a dermatologic disease defined as excessive sweating beyond the thermoregulatory needs. Hyperhidrosis affects at least 4.8% of the population. Hyperhidrosis can be classified as either primary and idiopathic, or secondary due to an underlying medical condition or medication consumption. Primary hyperhidrosis accounts for 93% of all hyperhidrosis cases. The diagnosis of hyperhidrosis is partially determined and supported by objective quantitative tools, but is mainly identified by subjective accounts of patients regarding the extent of impact the excess sweating has on their daily and general quality of life (QoL). This article will elaborate on the common and practical available tools to diagnose hyperhidrosis.