Which parts are affected by hyperhidrosis?
Hyperhidrosis can be of 2 types, generalized or localized:
1. Generalized hyperhidrosis is associated with excessive sweating from all
over the body. This type is usually seen in hyperhidrosis secondary to other medical
conditions, but can occasionally be primary or idiopathic.
2. Focal or localised hyperhidrosis affects particular
areas e.g. palms, soles, armpits, face etc. One or more areas may be affected
simultaneously. When the palms are affected, it is called palmar
hyperhidrosis. When the soles sweat excessively, it is termed plantar
hyperhidrosis. Similarly, hyperhidrosis of the armpits and face are called axillary
and facial hyperhidrosis respectively.