The Impact of Hyperhidrosis on Patients’ Quality of Life and Daily Activities
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder where excessive sweating occurs in the body more than required for thermoregulation needs. It could cause discomfort, embarrassment, and psychological trauma. Individuals with hyperhidrosis experience impairment in various functional domains as well as in the overall quality of life hyperhidrosis. Symptoms can be so severe that cause anxiety, depression, and can affect career choices, leisure time activities, personal relationships, self-image, and emotional well-being. There are mainly two types of hyperhidrosis; primary (idiopathic) hyperhidrosis, which is the most common type, and secondary type which is less common, but its causes are well known and may be due to metabolic and endocrine disorders such as Diabetes Mellites, obesity, menopause, hyperthyroidism, neurologic disorders (stroke, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, brain tumor), medications (steroids), infections (bacterial endocarditis, TB), tumors (carcinoid, pheochromocytoma).
This cross-sectional observational study was carried out among 104 people identified with Primary Hyperhidrosis from different regions in Saudi Arabia. The findings showed a prevalence of 31.7% (n=33) in males and 68.3% (n=71) in females, which was more prevalent in the age group of 22-31 years (29.8%). The study showed that primary hyperhidrosis has no significant consequences in patients' QOL even though a small percentage reported poor QOL. Patients experiencing hyperhidrosis should not only be given medical support but also given psychosocial support.