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Gustatory Sweating Survey
A Little Preamble
Interestingly, very few surveys have been conducted among individuals with gustatory hyperhidrosis. Some clinical studies have gathered data on the condition, but there are very few 'real life' (as opposed to clinical settings which can be influenced by medical personnel involved in the study) surveys that provide information on the characteristics of gustatory hyperhidrosis.
We hope the results of this survey will help provide you with a sense of perspective on the condition. Of course, comments and observations are always welcome. Feel free to come back and visit as these results will periodically be updated according to the latest responses that we receive (in other words, the survey remains open).
Our Typical Respondents
Most of our survey respondents were men, that is, almost 60%. The age of this sample of individuals appears to be older than those with focal hyperhidrosis. Few respondents were under 25 years of age (about 6%) while those between 26-35 years and 46-55 years each accounted for 30% of respondents. Surprisingly, almost 20% were over the age of 55.
About one quarter of respondents mentioned that they had diabetes. In fact, gustatory sweating is often associated with diabetes and is termed diabetic gustatory hyperhidrosis. Our survey sample failed to capture individuals with Frey's syndrome, a excessive sweating condition associated with surgery of the parotid gland.
The regions that were most severely affected included the scalp and temples (see blue spots). At least half of individuals rated these regions as severely affected. The lips and chest appear to be the least frequently affected regions (about one third of responders). Interestingly, the cheeks appear to be affected either severely or weakly, with a small proportion (10%) affected only moderately.
Gustatory Sweating and the Senses
Remarkably, 70% of responders mentioned that thinking of food can trigger facial sweating. Visual cues and odor are also implicated. Half of the respondents said that smelling food will make them sweat. To a lesser extent, 30% of individuals mentioned that the sight of food is also a sweat stimulant.
* Data based on anonymously gathered results from the Dry Pharmacist's Gustatory Sweating Survey. Reproduction or use of these data is strictly prohibited without written consent from the Dry Pharmacist.
Gustatory Sweating and Facial Flushing
Trigger or Culprit Foods
Other culprit foods most likely to cause severe sweating include vinegar and cheese (see blue spots). Spicy foods, ethnic foods, and citrus juices were rated by a majority (more than half) of respondents as foods causing gustatory sweating (see red spots). Almost half the respondents mentioned salt/salty foods and alcohol are trigger substances. Foods causing the weakest sweating responses include peanut butter, nuts, coffee and chocolate (see green spots).
A Few Final Words
The results of this survey clearly indicate that gustatory hyperhidrosis is a dominant factor in the lives of those who have this condition. It is also very apparent that it plays a major role in how people feel and conduct themselves on a daily basis. We hope these results help you better understand and shed some light on your condition.
For the time being these results remain intermittent. In other words, our Gustatory Sweating Survey remains open and we will keep gathering data in efforts to corroborate our findings. In time, adjustments may be made to reflect any changes in our results.
Of course comments and observations are always welcome. We promise to respond and may anonymously post some of these on our Sweating Matters blog.
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