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Sweating Condition Causes Higher Risk of Skin Infections

Posted: May 12, 2009

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Similarly, the risk of bacterial infection was heightened in primary hyperhidrosis patients (5.4%) versus those in the control group (2.2%) as was the overall risk of viral infection (12.4% of patients versus 7.1% of controls). Also of note, an increased association with atopic or eczematous dermatitis was observed in patients with primary hyperhidrosis (9.3%) versus those without (3.4%).

“The patients in the study waited, on average, nearly nine years after experiencing symptoms of hyperhidrosis before they visited a dermatologist,” said Dr. Walling. “It is important that patients know that seeking treatment for hyperhidrosis not only will positively impact their quality of life, but it may help prevent skin infections from occurring and deter other associated complications.”

Dr. Walling recommends that if you experience excessive sweating over a prolonged period of time or perspiration that is not triggered by obvious factors, you should consult a dermatologist.

Journal reference: 1. Walling et al. Primary hyperhidrosis increases the risk of cutaneous infection: A case-control study of 387 patients. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2009; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.02.038