Hyperhidrosis - Definition

When is Sweating Considered to be Pathological?

eccrine sweat gland
eccrine sweat gland

Based on the individual character of perspiration the following question arises: when is the sweating of the individual normal and at what point is it no longer normal, therefore pathologic?


It is very difficult to answer this question, since individuals - subjective anticipation and the attitude are the main influences of the way one “normally” or “pathologically” perspires. Especially the psychical constitution of an individual, who does allow a more intensive sweating, can be very frustrating to another person. This is a relevant factor.

There is a different, if the sweating is considered normal to the individual or if it is considered pathological. In general however, the assumption that an exceptionally strong and virtual excessive perspiration exceeds the tolerance threshold of the individual and therefore the perspiration becomes unbearable appears to be absolutely justified.

The individual might get ill physically (somatic), emotionally (psychically) as well as socially (in the relationship with others). These areas do play an important role in the evaluation and the analyses of the pathological perspiration since they are influenced by each other and are closely interacting. Any illness should be judged considering all aspects involved. This is confirmed in today’s public health. The condition of the body and the mental aspects of the human being are both to be considered accordingly, when determining a diagnosis.