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Excess Sweating

Information about Excess Sweating

We Have to Know about the Excess Sweating

  • Sweating may be general or local
  • There can be excessive perspiration (hyperhidrosis) or little or no perspiration (anhidrosis).
  • Excessive sweating can be embarrassing and may sometimes signal a more serious health problem. Anhidrosis is potentially life-threatening

Causes of Excess Sweating

  • Overexertion
  • Nervousness, anxiety or stress
  • Drugs such as Salicylates, Pilocarpine

Excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

  • Some people sweat more than others for no apparent reason. But some factors may make you sweat heavily. These include:
  • Heredity. Some people inherit a tendency to sweat excessively, especially on their palms and the soles of their feet
  • Certain foods and beverages. Drinking hot beverages and those that contain caffeine or alcohol can make you sweat. Eating spicy foods can, too
  • Certain drugs. Drugs that can cause excessive sweating include some antipsychotic medications used to treat mental disorders, morphine and excess doses of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Analgesics, such as aspirin also increase sweating
  • Menopause. Women going through menopause may experience hot flashes — a rise in temperature accompanied by sweating and a feeling of intense heat — due to a drop in estrogen levels. Some menopausal women may also be awakened at night by soaking sweats followed by chills
  • Low levels of male hormones. Men with low levels of the male hormone testosterone or a condition known as hypogonadism — caused by reduced functioning of the testicles — also can have hot flashes
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). This occurs when the level of sugar in your blood drops below a certain level
  • Fevers
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism). Heart attack
  • Tuberculosis
  • Malaria
  • Certain types of cancer. Leukemia and lymphoma can produce unusual sweating patterns

Do’s and Don’ts of Excess Sweating

  • Wash with cold water frequently

Signs & Symptoms of Excess Sweating

  • Parts mostly affected are palms, soles, axilla, genital region
  • Emotional sweating limited to palm, soles, and axillae
  • Profuse sweating of the tip of the nose in
  • In malaria (Sweat Rash) small vesicles occur on the skin
  • Prickly heat

Medical advice for Excess Sweating

  • See your doctor if you suddenly begin to sweat more than usual or experience night sweats for no apparent reason

Risk factors of Excess Sweating

  • Rickets
  • Pink Disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Acute Anxiety
  • Motion Sickness
  • Localized excess sweating occurs in
  • Brain Tumor
  • Injury to spinal cord/Peripheral Nerve

Treatment for Excess Sweating

  • Drink more amount of water

Self-care for Excess Sweating

  • Bathe daily
  • Dry your feet thoroughly after you bathe
  • Wear the right socks. Cotton wool socks help keep your feet dry because they absorb moisture
  • Choose natural-fiber clothing. Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, wool, and silk, which allow your skin to breathe
  • Try relaxation techniques. Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation. These can help you learn to control the stress that triggers perspiration
  • Change your diet. If foods or beverages cause you to sweat more than usual or your perspiration to smell, consider eliminating caffeinated drinks from your diet as well as foods with strong odors, such as garlic and onions

Investigations for Excess Sweating

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