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Heiskanen, S.-L., Niskala, J., Jokelainen, J., Tasanen, K., Huilaja, L., & Sinikumpu, S.-P. (2022). Hyperhidrosis Comorbidities and Treatments: A Register-based Study among 511 Subjects. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 102, adv00656.

Hyperhidrosis comorbidities and treatments : a register-based study among 511 subjects

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Author: Heiskanen, Sanna-Liisa1; Niskala, Jani1; Jokelainen, Jari2;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu
2Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Department of Dermatology and Medical Research Center Oulu, PEDEGO Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-06-28


Hyperhidrosis is a dermatological condition that causes psychosocial impairment and has a negative impact on patients’ quality of life. The epidemiology of hyperhidrosis is currently poorly understood. The aim of this study was to analyse comorbidities and treatments in 511 subjects with hyperhidrosis selected from the patient records of Oulu University Hospital. The mean age of patients with local hyperhidrosis was 27.9 years and the majority were female (62.7%). The most common anatomical site of symptoms in the youngest age group was the palms, whereas the axillae were a more common site in advanced age. Depression was a common comorbidity in both local (11.6%) and generalized hyperhidrosis (28.6%). Anxiety affected 12.7% of patients with generalized hyperhidrosis. In 36.8% of the patients with local hyperhidrosis there was a delay in diagnosis of more than 10 years. The most commonly used treatments included topical antiperspirants, iontophoresis and botulin toxin injections.

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Series: Acta dermato-venereologica
ISSN: 0001-5555
ISSN-E: 1651-2057
ISSN-L: 0001-5555
Volume: 102
Article number: adv00656
DOI: 10.2340/actadv.v102.1061
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
Copyright information: © 2022 Sanna-Liisa Heikkinen, Jani Niskala, Jari Jokelainen, Kaisa Tasanen, Laura Huilaja, Suvi-Päivikki Sinikumpu. Published by Medical Journals Sweden, on behalf of the Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.