Types of hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis can affect the whole body (known as generalised) or it can affect certain parts of the body (known as focal). The parts of the body affected by focal hyperhidrosis are:

Hyperhidrosis can be classified as being either primary (no known cause) or secondary (e.g. caused by either a medical condition or side-effects of some medications).

How hyperhidrosis can affect your life

There are millions of people around the world that suffer from hyperhidrosis and it can be an isolating, chronic condition. More than half of the people with it are never diagnosed or treated for their symptoms. Hyperhidrosis can affect people physically, psychologically, and emotionally.


  • Social embarrassment and difficulty being in public situations
  • Impact on their ability to perform at work
  • Difficulty meeting people and developing personal relationships
  • Needing to change clothes multiple times a day and not being able to wear certain colours/particular materials
  • Time and energy looking after personal hygiene

Take the test

The severity of your hyperhidrosis relates to the impact it has on your daily life. This can be easily determined by choosing the statement below that best describes your condition.
My sweating is:

  1. Never noticeable and never interferes with my daily activities
  2. Tolerable but sometimes interferes with my daily activities
  3. Barely tolerable and frequently interferes with my daily activities
  4. Intolerable and always interferes with my daily activities


If you circled 3 or 4, you may have the medical condition known as hyperhidrosis. Speak to a healthcare professional such as a GP for further information on the condition.