hy·​per·​hi·​dro·​sis | \ ˌhī-pər-hī-ˈdrō-səs How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio) \

Definition of hyperhidrosis

: generalized or local excessive sweating

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For instance, someone with very oily skin, body acne, or hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may want to shower every day (or sometimes even twice a day) to keep their skin clean or avoid body odor. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "How Often Should You Really Shower?," 10 Jan. 2019 Life comes with addendums, and mine is a condition called hyperhidrosis. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "How I Finally Gave In and Became a Sneaker Person," 8 Aug. 2018 Excessive sweating, also known asprimary axillary hyperhidrosis, impacts over 10 million Americans, according to Dermira, the maker of Qbrexza. Brittany Shoot, Fortune, "FDA Approves Qbrexza, the First-Ever Prescription Treatment for Excessive Sweating," 2 July 2018 Primary and secondary hyperhidrosis have a few differences. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "11 Potential Causes of Those Night Sweats That Leave You Drenched," 30 June 2018 The product offers a subtle solution to the millions of people who suffer from primary focal axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating, which is currently often treated with Botox and other more invasive options. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "The FDA Approved a Topical Treatment for Excessive Underarm Sweating," 30 June 2018 It was announced this morning that the FDA has approved Qbrexza (glycopyrronium) cloth as a safe and effective topical treatment for hyperhidrosis under the arms. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The FDA Approves Qbrexza Wipes to Stop Excessive Underarm Sweating​​," 29 June 2018 The company will now focus on another drug in testing called DRM04, which treats hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Why This Acne Drug's Stock Is Plummeting," 5 Mar. 2018 Clammy hands, feet, and armpits are in my genes, thanks to hyperhidrosis, an excessive sweating condition that I was born with (there are dozens of us! Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "I Finally Found a Natural Deodorant That Works, and It Smells Incredible," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hyperhidrosis

circa 1860, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hyperhidrosis

New Latin hidrosis perspiration, from Greek hidrōsis, from hidroun to sweat, from hidrōs sweat — more at sweat

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The first known use of hyperhidrosis was circa 1860

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hy·​per·​hi·​dro·​sis | \ -hid-ˈrō-səs How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio) , -hī-ˈdrō- How to pronounce hyperhidrosis (audio) \
variants: also hyperidrosis \ -​id-​ˈrō-​ How to pronounce hyperidrosis (audio) , -​ī-​ˈdrō-​ How to pronounce hyperidrosis (audio) \
plural hyperhidroses\ -​ˌsēz How to pronounce hyperhidroses (audio) \

Medical Definition of hyperhidrosis

: generalized or localized excessive sweating — compare hypohidrosis

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