Excessive sweating can be a real nuisance – in severe cases it can ruin people’s lives by causing social embarrassment. Most patients are young adults and the problem is three times more likely in women than in men, the most common areas affected are the armpits, hands, feet, face and scalp and occasionally in the groin, on the back or between the buttocks.
Excessive sweating in the hands can cause social problems in holding hands or other physical contact; patients may have trouble holding pens and problems using keyboards.
Many people are profoundly embarrassed by excessive perspiration especially those with uncontrolled facial sweating. Many of patients have sought medical help without success which may lead to feelings of rejection or inadequacy.