Is Hyperhidrosis a Genetic Issue?
Hyperhidrosis is classified into two types; primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
The primary focal hyperhidrosis is a genetic issue, and the excessive sweating occurs in specific body parts like the armpits, hands, face, or feet without any trigger. It is a genetic issue and is inherited from the parents. Signs and symptoms are seen from the childhood stage or at adolescence. At least 50% percent of people who suffer from this disorder have a family history of hyperhidrosis.
On the other hand, secondary generalized hyperhidrosis affects the whole body and does not focus on one area of the body and is mainly as a result of a side effect of other medical conditions. Such conditions include and not limited to diabetes, gout, alcohol abuse, heart disease, pregnancy, menopause, and other certain types of medications.
Signs and Symptoms of Focal Hyperhidrosis
- Continuous and excessive sweating for more than 6 months with no reason like medication, health or environmental conditions. Naturally, people sweat when climate temperatures go high, when anxious, fear, or due to medical conditions. When excessive sweating occurs without a cause, it is a sign of primary focal hyperhidrosis.
- Your family has a history of hyperhidrosis. Since primary focal hyperhidrosis is a genetic issue, it can be inherited from parents to off springs.
- Sweating seizes when you are asleep. These signs and symptoms show that you may be suffering from primary focal hyperhidrosis. Therefore, you should go to a doctor for further diagnosis. Also, if sweating is happening all over your body, you should also see a doctor to know the cause. Unlike the primary focal hyperhidrosis, the secondary generalized hyperhidrosis may not be a genetic issue.
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