Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
About MyHyperhidrosisTeam

Hyperhidrosis – The Path to Diagnosis

Updated on February 02, 2020
Article written by
Kelly Crumrin

How Is Hyperhidrosis Diagnosed?

Many primary care physicians are unfamiliar with hyperhidrosis. Some people who experience excessive sweating have their symptoms dismissed by their family doctor. Others with hyperhidrosis are too embarrassed to seek diagnosis. Getting diagnosed gives people with hyperhidrosis access to prescription treatments that may be effective in reducing sweating.

Hyperhidrosis is commonly diagnosed by a dermatologist.

Tests and What They Show

There are two types of hyperhidrosis. In primary focal hyperhidrosis, there is no underlying cause for the condition. In secondary generalized hyperhidrosis, sweating is caused by another health condition or a medication. Some tests can provide support for a diagnosis of primary hyperhidrosis, while others are performed to rule out underlying conditions that could be causing secondary hyperhidrosis. Read more about the symptoms of hyperhidrosis.

Medical History

The doctor will take a thorough history, asking about symptoms over time, family medical history, and other conditions or medications. A clear picture may emerge from the medical history that will help a doctor assess risk factors that may strengthen the suspicion of primary or secondary hyperhidrosis.

Physical Exam

The doctor will carefully examine your skin for symptoms and changes associated with hyperhidrosis.

Thermoregulatory Sweat Test (TST)

For a sweat test, your skin will be covered in a special powder that turns dark where you sweat. The room may then be heated to provoke sweating. The doctor will evaluate the pattern of dark spots formed by sweating. Where you sweat and whether the sweaty spots are symmetrical help the dermatologist better understand what is causing your hyperhidrosis.

Blood or Urine Tests

The doctor may order laboratory tests of blood or urine samples. Lab tests can help rule out underlying causes such as thyroid gland dysfunction or high blood glucose.

What Is the Prognosis for Hyperhidrosis?

There is no cure for hyperhidrosis, but it can be effectively treated in many people.

Condition Guide

Resources

External resources

MyHyperhidrosisTeam resources

Kelly Crumrin leads the creation of content that educates and empowers people with chronic illnesses. Learn more about her here.

A MyHyperhidrosisTeam Member said:

My GP reffed me to a consultant as at 70yrs old I have suffered for at least 60yrs the cosultant sent me a letter to say he was sorry he couldn't help me but would review my problem in 12 mths 18 mths… read more

posted 24 days ago

hug

Recent articles

Because the physical impact of hyperhidrosis can be all-consuming, you may be dealing with...

How Hyperhidrosis Can Affect Your Mental Health

Because the physical impact of hyperhidrosis can be all-consuming, you may be dealing with...
Thousands of members of MyHyperhidrosisTeam connect with one another and read each other's...

Four Books About Hyperhidrosis You Should Read

Thousands of members of MyHyperhidrosisTeam connect with one another and read each other's...
The excessive sweating of hyperhidrosis can be even worse in hot weather. Sweat is usually most...

Keeping Cool with Hyperhidrosis

The excessive sweating of hyperhidrosis can be even worse in hot weather. Sweat is usually most...
Those of us living with pre-existing health conditions such as hyperhidrosis have likely felt...

Canceling Is Kindness: Keeping Safe From COVID-19 With Hyperhidrosis

Those of us living with pre-existing health conditions such as hyperhidrosis have likely felt...
There are now more treatments for hyperhidrosis than ever before. Hyperhidrosis treatments fall...

Hyperhidrosis Treatments

There are now more treatments for hyperhidrosis than ever before. Hyperhidrosis treatments fall...
There are two types of hyperhidrosis. In primary focal hyperhidrosis, there is no underlying...

What Causes Hyperhidrosis?

There are two types of hyperhidrosis. In primary focal hyperhidrosis, there is no underlying...
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Everyone sweats – sweating...

Hyperhidrosis – An Overview

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating. Everyone sweats – sweating...
The main symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. People with hyperhidrosis experience...

Hyperhidrosis Symptoms

The main symptom of hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. People with hyperhidrosis experience...
Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...

Setting Intentions for 2020 With Hyperhidrosis

Eat healthier. Exercise more. Learn a new skill. Pay off a credit card. Many of us have made...
This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...

Practicing Gratitude With Hyperhidrosis

This time of the year can be overwhelming with expectations around the holidays, and living with...
MyHyperhidrosisTeam My hyperhidrosis Team

Two Ways to Get Started with MyHyperhidrosisTeam

Become a Member

Connect with others who are living with hyperhidrosis. Get members only access to emotional support, advice, treatment insights, and more.

sign up

Become a Subscriber

Get the latest articles about hyperhidrosis sent to your inbox.

Not now, thanks

Privacy policy
MyHyperhidrosisTeam My hyperhidrosis Team

Thank you for signing up.

close