Why do I sweat excessively?

Hyperhidrosis is a condition of abnormal excessive sweating which is neither related to exercise nor temperature.

This excessive sweating in most cases, is active in the armpits, hands, feet and the groin, however, it can also affect the whole body.

This condition can be discomforting, embarrassing, or even lead to anxiety.

Hyperhidrosis may be absent from childhood, only to manifest in the teenage years, or it is present from birth.

CAUSES

The most common type of hyperhidrosis is called the primary hyperhidrosis. This type is usually localized, usually affecting palms, soles, and sometimes the face.

There is no known medical cause for this type of hyperhidrosis, however, it is suggested to be hereditary.

The secondary hyperhidrosis is the type of excessive sweating that is due to health conditions. Those underlying health conditions may include:

• Diabetes
• Obesity
• Gout
• Menopause
• Hyperthyroidism
• Mercury poisoning
• Low blood sugar
• A tumor

SYMPTOMS

• Frequent sweating
• Wet palms
• Wet soles of the feet
• Sweating that soaks through clothing

People who have this condition of excessive sweating are conscious of some habits such as:

• Changing soaked clothes
• Social withdrawal
• Reluctance in making physical contacts

TREATMENT

There are several lifestyle practices that could help in the management and treatment of hyperhidrosis, they include;

• Use of Antiperspirants
• Regular bathing
• Use of armpit shields (pads)
• Changing your socks often
• Use of natural materials such as light clothing
• Application of astringents

Your doctor may refer you to a specialist or dermatologist, who may recommend;

• Anticholinergic drugs
• OTC products containing tannic acid
• Botulinum toxin (Botox injection) – medication that blocks the nerves that trigger sweat glands.
• Iontophoresis
• Surgical and other procedures such as; Sympathectomy, Microwave therapy, Sweat gland removal.

Hyperhidrosis when not treated, could cause the following:

• Warts caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
• Bacterial infection
• Heat rash
• Nail infection

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