Hyperhidrosis

Anxiety and Sweating


It has been said that excessive sweating is just a reflection of the affected individuals being very anxiety-prone.  However, studies looking at general anxiety personality profiles have not found this to be so and indeed in patients with primary hyperhidrosis treated by sympathectomy, anxiety levels decreased post treatment suggesting that the excessive sweating is a contributor to anxiety rather than necessarily the other way around.

Although emotion (and heat) will make focal hyperhidrosis worse with increased forehead, axilla, or palmar and plantar sweating, this does not mean that it is primarily an emotional condition, as evidenced by the fact that it may occasionally begin in infancy.