Wonder if you are sweating more than the average person? If sweat is regularly drowning your plans then take this quiz to find out whether you might have a condition called hyperhidrosis. It is a treatable medical condition that causes people to sweat in excess of what is needed by the body.

1. Do you sweat even when it’s cool out and you are dressed in light-weight clothing?

  1. Yes
  2. No

2. Have you been self-conscious about sweating for as long as you can remember, or at least since your teenage years?

  1. Yes
  2. No

3. Do you sweat excessively more often during the day or the night?

  1. Day
  2. Night
  3. Both! It stinks.
  4. Neither, I don't sweat very often.

4. When you sweat, is it brought on by exercise or being in a hot environment the majority of the time?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Sometimes, but other times I sweat for no apparent reason

5. Have you started sweating more since beginning a new medication?

  1. Yes, now that I think about it...
  2. No, I sweat no matter what - always have!
  3. No, I don't sweat much.

6. Do you sweat a ton when you are in an anxiety-producing situation, like public speaking or when performing?

  1. Yep, like a fountain.
  2. A little more, but not enough to notice much.
  3. Nope! Not at all.

7. Do your sandals slip off and your socks get soaked regularly because your feet are so wet from sweating?

  1. Yes, half the time I don’t even bother wearing sandals anymore.
  2. Sometimes, but not unless I’m very active and it doesn’t bother me.
  3. No, I didn’t even know people’s feet could sweat!

8. Do you have sweaty palms so often that it feels awkward to shake someone’s hand?

  1. Yes, I completely dread doing that.
  2. No, I never really thought about it.

9. Do other people notice that you are sweating and make comments on it?

  1. Yes, it’s embarrassing.
  2. No one has ever said anything…

10. Do you change your clothes multiple times a day because they are wet from sweating?

  1. Yes, I end up doing so much extra laundry!
  2. Only if I work out.

Use the key below to score your quiz and see if you have hyperhidrosis or not:

If your answers are:

  1. a.
  2. a.
  3. a. or c.
  4. b. or c.
  5. b.
  6. a.
  7. a.
  8. a.
  9. a.
  10. a.

It sounds like you may have Primary Focal Hyperhidrosis:

Based on the answers you selected it sounds like you are sweating more than the average person, and that this has been an ongoing problem for you. Primary focal hyperhidrosis usually begins early in a person’s life and impacts specific areas of the body like the hands, feet, face, and armpits. For those with primary focal hyperhidrosis, sweating is always an issue, but it is usually worse during times of stress and anxiety. Of course, it is necessary to speak with a doctor before any diagnosis can be made. This type of hyperhidrosis is not dangerous and there are many things that can be done to manage your sweat. Try antiperspirant first, it is an over-the-counter topical treatment for hyperhidrosis specifically designed to reduce sweating. Consult a doctor if conservative measures are not working for you as there are many things that can be done to help. Don’t let sweat dampen your life!

If your answers are:

  1. a.
  2. b.
  3. b.
  4. b. or c.
  5. a.
  6. a. or b.
  7. b. or c.
  8. b.
  9. a.
  10. a.

It sounds like you may have Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis:

Your answers indicate that you are sweating excessively all over your body, but that it is a relatively new thing. You may also be experiencing frequent night sweats. Secondary hyperhidrosis can be triggered by a multitude of things including medication, disease, or even age-related changes. It is very important that you manage this type of hyperhidrosis with a doctor soon because its causes can be serious. This quiz is not a proper diagnostic tool but based on your results you should seek medical care. In the meantime, you should use an antiperspirant, in addition to deodorant, to control your sweating.

If your answers are:

  1. b.
  2. b.
  3. d.
  4. a.
  5. c.
  6. b. or c.
  7. b. or c.
  8. b.
  9. b.
  10. b.

It sounds like you don’t have a major problem with sweating!

Congratulations! Based on your answers to this quiz it doesn’t seem like you are experiencing any problems related to sweat! Carry on! But if you feel like you need a little extra help you can always try an over-the-counter topical treatment, like antiperspirant, to reduce sweating. Of course, if you feel like you may have a medical problem despite what this quiz says - you should consult a doctor!

  1. Pariser, D. M. (2014). Hyperhidrosis (4th ed., Vol. 32). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
  2. Huddle, J. R. (2014). Hyperhidrosis: Causes, Treatment Options and Outcomes. New York, NY: Nova Science.