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Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia

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HASIMOTO, Erica Nishida; CATANEO, Daniele Cristina; REIS, Tarcísio Albertin dos  and  CATANEO, Antonio José Maria. Hyperhidrosis: prevalence and impact on quality of life. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2018, vol.44, n.4, pp.292-298.  Epub July 30, 2018. ISSN 1806-3756.


To determine the prevalence of primary hyperhidrosis in the city of Botucatu, Brazil, and to evaluate how this disorder affects the quality of life in those suffering from it.


A population survey was conducted in order to identify cases of hyperhidrosis among residents in the urban area of the city, selected by systematic cluster sampling. In accordance with the census maps of the city, the sample size should be at least 4,033 participants. Ten interviewers applied a questionnaire that evaluated the presence of excessive sweating and invited the subjects who reported hyperhidrosis to be evaluated by a physician in order to confirm the diagnosis.


A total of 4,133 residents, in 1,351 households, were surveyed. Excessive sweating was reported by 85 residents (prevalence = 2.07%), of whom 51 (60%) were female. Of those 85 respondents, 51 (60%) agreed to undergo medical evaluation to confirm the diagnosis and only 23 (45%) were diagnosed with primary hyperhidrosis (prevalence = 0.93%). Of the 23 subjects diagnosed with primary hyperhidrosis, 11 (48%) reported poor or very poor quality of life.


Although the prevalence of self-reported excessive sweating was greater than 2%, the actual prevalence of primary hyperhidrosis in our sample was 0.93% and nearly 50% of the respondents with primary hyperhidrosis reported impaired quality of life.

Keywords : Hyperhidrosis/epidemiology; Hyperhidrosis/diagnosis; Quality of life.

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