Sweating is a healthy, natural process that helps cool the body and prevent overheating. However, some people may experience excessive sweating of the face and head, which could be a sign of an underlying condition.
Hyperhidrosis is one such condition. For people with hyperhidrosis, sweating can be excessive. Craniofacial hyperhidrosis occurs when hyperhidrosis affects the face or head.
Read on to learn more about what hyperhidrosis is, why it can impact the head and face, how to stop excessive sweating, and more.
Hyperhidrosis means too much (hyper) sweating (hidrosis). It occurs when someone sweats when they do not need or to or it does not make sense to. It is fairly common, impacting an estimated 1–3 people per 100 people. The purpose of sweat is to cool down the body. In hyperhidrosis, sweating occurs even when there is no need to cool the body.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
Primary focal hyperhidrosis is the most common type of hyperhidrosis. It occurs when excessive or extreme sweating is not related to another medical condition or medication use. When the cause of hyperhidrosis is medication or a medical condition, it is called secondary hyperhidrosis.
When hyperhidrosis impacts the head, scalp, and face, it is called craniofacial hyperhidrosis. It may also affect the:
- palms of the hands
- soles of the feet
There is no precise definition of excessive sweating. That said, people with craniofacial hyperhidrosis tend to experience sweating on the face, head, or scalp that:
- occurs for no apparent reason, such as heat, exercise, or anxiety
- causes dripping or soaking
- smells different than the usual underarm sweat
- may impact only one or two body regions, while the rest of the body stays cool
- causes someone to be embarrassed and therefore avoid physical contact or being around others
- interferes with everyday activities, such as working, exercising, or driving
- causes someone to have to change their clothes or bathe more than normal
- may reduce self-esteem and cause someone to become overly self-conscious
- may interfere with personal relationships
- occurs at least once per week
- may be worse first thing in the morning
Hyperhidrosis can impact anyone and occur at any age, but people with primary hyperhidrosis tend to experience symptoms as children or after reaching puberty.
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