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Extent & Localisation

  • overall: secretion of sweat on the whole body
  • focally: local secretion of sweat   


  • Anhidrosis: strongly diminished or totally missing secretion of sweat 
  • Hypohidrosis: diminished secretion of sweat 
  • Normhidrosis: secretion of sweat not going beyond or below the necessary extent for heat regulation
  • Hyperhidrosis: excessive secretion of sweat

Quantitative Classification

This chart exemplyfies the quantitative classification of the severity of hyperhidrosis with regard to its localisation.

I quickly sweat with little effort I sweat without physical effort My clothes are drenched
Little effort already evokes sweating and humidity of skin is increased Perspiration without any physical effort and formation of beads of perspiration Clothes are drenched and sweat drips off
Degree 1 Slight hyperhidrosis Degree 2 Moderate hyperhidrosis Degree 3 Strong hyperhidrosis
Head Increased sweating Frequent sweating Dripping beads of perspiration
Underarms Underarm pit stains with 2-4 inches (5-10 cm) diameter (on T-shirts) Underarm pit stains with 4-8 inches (10-20 cm) diameter (on T-shirts) Underarm pit stains of over 8 inches (20 cm) diameter (on T-shirts)
Body Increased sweating Frequent sweating My clothes are drenched
Hands/ Feet Increased sweating Frequent sweating Sweating on back of fingers and toes, just like on the side of feet and hands