The Impact of Hyperhidrosis on Quality of Life: A Review of the Literature
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Hyperhidrosis is a condition of excessive sweating, which can have profound physical and mental effects. Hyperhidrosis is a significantly impactful and distressing illness that warrants equal attention as other more well-known dermatologic conditions. However, because of a lack of awareness among the public, stigma, and difficulty with access to treatments (due to cost or insurance coverage), patients are less likely to be diagnosed and treated. In hyperhidrosis, quality-of-life surveys can be useful for determining the magnitude of symptoms and to evaluate treatment outcomes. The purpose of this study was to conduct a narrative literature review to investigate the impact of hyperhidrosis on quality of life. A total of 49 articles investigating the impact of primary hyperhidrosis on quality of life were selected for the review. Hyperhidrosis is a potentially debilitating illness that affects multiple domains of patients' lives including their psychological, physical, and social functioning. Despite the significant impacts, patients with hyperhidrosis are less likely to seek care. Here, we explore these impacts, and disparities in care, in more detail.
Parashar K, Adlam T, Potts G. The impact of hyperhidrosis on quality of life: a review of the literature. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2023 Mar;24(2):187-198. doi: 10.1007/s40257-022-00743-7. PMID: 36622502.