Hyperhidrosis, the medical term for excessive sweating, can be caused by other medical conditions or can itself be the condition. These two different types of hyperhidrosis are called primary hyperhidrosis and secondary hyperhidrosis.
Primary hyperhidrosis is the medical condition of excessive sweating while secondary hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating that is caused by a different medical condition or
medication (external forces that cause the excessive sweating).
Two Types of Hyperhidrosis, Two Different Sets of Symptoms
Generally, someone suffering from primary hyperhidrosis will experience very localized sweating, such as heavy armpit sweat, sweaty palms, sweaty feet, or sweating on other specific, sometimes seemingly random, parts of the body. Everybody knows that everybody sweats and that it is the body’s way of cooling down, but sufferers of primary hyperhidrosis sweat even in the absence of heat or physical activity. If you experience constant sweating in the face, thighs, armpits, palms, or feet, you may be suffering from primary hyperhidrosis.
People suffering from secondary hyperhidrosis usually experience a less localized, whole-body type of sweating that may occur only at night – a symptom less common with primary hyperhidrosis. The following conditions may contribute to secondary hyperhidrosis: