This Fall (see posts in Sept and Oct) we reported on results from our Hyperhidrosis Living Life survey. As a follow up, we are happy to report on data from our Gustatory Sweating survey. For those not aware, this type of excessive sweating occurs in the facial area and is associated with consuming food and/or drink. We will briefly touch on some aspects of the survey but details will be available in a few weeks from the webpage (see tabs under Hyperhidrosis Survey Results) we are creating. Here are some highlights:
- One quarter of respondents also have diabetes
- The principal regions that are affected include the forehead (over 90%), face and scalp (3/4). About 2/3 report temples, cheeks and neck involvement. One third of respondents also have sweating of the lips and chest. This is significantly different from the regions involved in focal hyperhidrosis, usually underarms, palms and/or soles.
- While sight (30%) and smell (50%) of food often stimulates sweating, 70% of respondents mentioned that thinking of food also makes them sweat. That response was a surprise.
- The main food culprit is spicy foods (2/3 responding to this food type). About half cite vinegar, salt/salty food and ethic (e.g. Asian/Indian) food, alcohol and citrus juices. Other foods were also cited including some unexpected reports such as ice cream, sweets and yogurt.