chapter 1

In this chapter

  • Contents
  • First Part: Causes and phenomena
  • Function of perspiration
  • Anatomy and physiology of the sweat glands
  • Composition of sweat
  • Protective shield against invaders
  • The sweat gland as climate control
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • The autonomic nervous system
  • Physiological hyperhidrosis
  • Primary hyperhidrosis
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis
  • Gustatory perspiration
  • Psychogenic perspiration
  • Sweating as a genetic trait
  • Development and psychological support for hyperhidrosis
  • The typical path of suffering of the hyperhidrotic
  • Psychosocial effects of hyperhidrosis – a vicious circle
  • Fear as the emotional cause of perspiration
  • Social phobia
  • Concurrent and secondary diseases of hyperhidrosis
  • Depressions
  • Diseases of the skin
  • Digression: Bromhidrosis
  • The Phenomenon Bromhidrosis
  • Treatment of bromhidrosis
  • Deodorants

causes and phaenomena

Under normal conditions our sweat gland produced about 1 liter of their salty secretion every day. During intensive physical work and under extraordinary stress our body is even capable of secreting up to 5 liters of liquid through the skin in one hour.

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