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Conditions: When sweating is too much

Hyperhidrosis can dampen your social life and interfere with work. Fortunately, there are several ways to manage it.

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can take a serious toll, making handshakes unpleasant, intimacy difficult, and some types of work impossible. People with hyperhidrosis may have to change their blouses or shirts two or three times a day. Although the underarms, palms, feet, and groin are most often involved, any part of the body may be affected. The condition is also associated with certain skin problems, including atopic dermatitis. And it's not rare — 2% to 3% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis.

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