For the approximately 15 million people living with hyperhidrosis, a largely underdiagnosed condition where the body’s sweat glands are overactive throughout most of the day, just the thought of perspiration can lead to crippling anxiety. Hyperhidrosis is characterized by sweat that soaks through clothes in specific places, even when simply lounging in a cool room — it may also be frustratingly limited to a problem area, like forearms, thighs, or even behind your knees.

Spending any time thinking about how you’re going to mop up or hide away excess sweat during the day is a likely indicator that you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis — but which kind? Healthcare providers at the Mayo Clinic explain that there are two different kinds of chronic excess sweating that can affect individuals, with two distinct roots causing the issue at hand.

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