Perspiration is normal when you're hot or involved in a physical activity. But if you regularly feel like Sweaty Betty when simply standing still, then you may be suffering from excessive sweating - hyperhidrosis to use it's medical term.
Hyperhidrosis is not a condition well known by the public, which means excessive sweating often leads to social embarrassment. Typically those affected suffer in silence or avoid social situations, because its hard to disguise.
If you've been affected you may recognize some of these scenarios:
- Avoiding handshakes or the holding of hands due to sweaty palms, which can be interpreted as a sign of nerves or a lack of hygiene.
- Never taking your shoes off, because fungi infections easily develop on moist sweaty feet to make smelly feet.
- Limiting your clothes to black or white where sweaty patches don't show as much.
- Having to change your clothes several times in a day.
Don't confuse it with menopause
The menopause is a normal part of ageing and generally most women start perimenopause in their early 40's, but some can start as early as 35. Perimenopausal women will experience hot flushes and night sweats, but you should not confuse this with hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis sufferers will often be aware of their condition by their adolescence and may find it runs in the family. For help on reducing hot flushes and night sweats please see our information on bio-identical hormone therapy.