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The Meaning of Living for Men Suffering From Primary Hyperhidrosis
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0700-7195
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Dermatology and Venerology.
2019 (English)In: American Journal of Men's Health, ISSN 1557-9883, E-ISSN 1557-9891, Vol. 13, no 6, article id 1557988319892725Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Primary hyperhidrosis means excessive focal sweating and it has a negative effect on the mental health of those affected. Although there is no gender difference regarding the prevalence of the disease, men are less likely to seek help for this condition. The aim of this study was to explore the meaning of living with primary hyperhidrosis in men. Interviews with 15 men, selected by purposive sampling, were performed at Umeå University Hospital in Sweden between June 2016 and October 2017, and analyzed using qualitative content analysis technique according to Graneheim and Lundman (2004). This study found one theme, namely, to be captured in a filthy body, based on the categories: surrender to the condition reluctantly; prepare for a sweat attack; withdraw from close contacts; and worry about others’ perceptions. The theme describes men living with hyperhidrosis feeling filthy while they struggle to control or hide the excessive sweating. Insufficient understanding from others and being reminded from the sweating is stressful and results in a sense of captivity. Interpreting the result, we conclude that the disease could stigmatize the individual, which has a negative effect on mental health and the will to seek help. Meanwhile, providing information about the disease early, as in schools, could increase the willingness of men to seek medical help. The results of this study also reinforce quantitative studies reporting the negative effects of primary hyperhidrosis on mental health.

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Sage Publications, 2019. Vol. 13, no 6, article id 1557988319892725
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general health and wellness, health-related quality of life, access to care, health awareness, qualitative research
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-167032DOI: 10.1177/1557988319892725ISI: 000503491600001PubMedID: 31849276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-167032DiVA, id: diva2:1383960
Available from: 2020-01-09 Created: 2020-01-09 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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