We all expect to sweat on a hot day or after a good workout, but for some people – an estimated 2 to 3-percent of Americans according to WebMD – excessive sweating can become an embarrassing health problem.
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It can make sufferers feel self-conscious when they’re shaking someone’s hand, and can soak right through clothing in conditions that wouldn’t normally call for it. Here are six things to know about this health condition, and how to manage it…
1. It Often Starts With Sweaty Palms
WebMD says that excessive sweating of the palms and soles of the feet (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis) can begin around age 13 on average. This can set the stage early for feeling self-conscious about shaking someone’s hand, or even engaging in romantic activities.
The problem also affects the underarms (known as axillary hyperhidrosis), but that doesn’t start usually until later adolescence, adds the source. Sweaty palms can even present more practical problems, like keeping grip on a pen or safely grip a steering wheel, it adds.