Sweat is produced in glands all over our body and sweating is a biological process that is vital to health. Without this process, the body would easily overheat. We are programmed to sweat as a response to heat, physical exertion, and in times of emotional or psychological stress, or during times in which hormones are fluctuating.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition where a person sweats in absence of a normal trigger (like those discussed above) and may be caused by a medical condition such as hyperthyroidism or menopause. When sweating becomes excessive, it tends to affect our hands, feet, head, and underarms. Excessive sweating can get in the way of the enjoyment of normal activities, and can lead to feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and extreme emotional distress.