What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)?

Symptoms of Excessive Sweating

We sweat and that’s natural.

We sweat to normalize our body temperature, but some life changes such as pregnancy, menopause, or medical conditions can add to excessive sweating. Other times, people experience excessive sweating without life changes, known as hyperhidrosis.

The excessive sweating is usually sporadic, but can be continuous and usually increases with stress and elevated temperature.

What is Hyperhidrosis?

What is Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is the overactivity of the nervous system. This leads to narrowing of arteries and excessive stimulation of sweat glands. This limits blood flow to the hands, making them cold and clammy. The exact cause of hyperhidrosis is unknown, although secondary Hyperhidrosis is caused by obesity and increased thyroid function may be responsible for many patients.

The sweating may affect the whole of your body, or it may only affect certain areas. Commonly affected areas include the:

  • armpits
  • palms of your hands
  • soles of your feet
  • face and chest
  • groin

Both sides of the body are usually affected equally – for example, both feet and hands.

What Are The Symptoms Of Hyperhidrosis?

In most cases, hyperhidrosis has no apparent cause but when it does have an identifiable cause it is known as secondary hyperhidrosis. This can have many different triggers including:

1. Temperature And Weather Conditions

The first sign of both primary and secondary hyperhidrosis is whether or not your body sweats even when the temperature is at a comfortable, or even cool, level. For people with hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands are not gauging the temperature of the environment when sweating and it translates as a strong indicator of potential hyperhidrosis.

2. Anxiety

Situations that are anxiety producing like meeting new people, anticipating handshakes, preparing for major assignments or tests, and public speaking may prompt an individual’s hyperhidrosis to worsen. This is because hyperhidrosis and anxiety are closely related. When thinking of your own sweatiest moments, are they tied to a specific set of conditions? If so, you may have secondary hyperhidrosis that is triggered by those specific conditions.

3. Heart Problems

People with diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. If you’re sweating too much, it can be a sign of heart failure, heart attack, or stroke. If you are also experiencing shaking, chills, and fever, you must contact your healthcare provider stat!

4. Kidney Disease

Sweating can be an indication of kidney disease, but it is also a common complaint about people who have already been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. In this case, the blood glucose is even more likely to be impacted, and you may experience sweating as a side effect of medications.

5. Diabetic Medications

Some medications are necessary for diabetes management, but they can also lead to side effects, such as excessive sweating.

Other drugs that cause sweating include:

  • Psychiatric drugs
  • Blood pressure medications
  • Medicines for dry mouth
  • Antibiotics
  • Supplements

6. Obesity

A common diabetes co-morbidity is obesity, one of the risks for heart disease. Sweating and obesity typically go hand-in-hand, but even for someone with obesity, extreme sweating on a consistent basis can be cause for concern.

7. Stress

Stress can certainly raise blood glucose levels and can cause sweating. It can also force the heart to pump harder; prompting to be signs of heart attack or heart failure. Talking with a psychologist or professional can be the first step to managing stress—and, optimistically, decreasing sweating.

Sweating too much, even when the temperature is cool, when you’re at rest, or at other unusual times, is not normal. It can be an embarrassing condition that may even lead to skin irritation, compounding the emotional toll on the sufferer. Excessive sweating may also point to a very treatable underlying condition, so take note of your symptoms to treat it from its root.

Are You Still Curious About Whether You Have Hyperhidrosis?

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