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What Are the Causes or Reasons for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)?

Why Do I Sweat So Much?

Does social interaction stress you out?

While sweat plays a critical role in helping your body maintain its proper temperature, however, certain people sweat more than others. Sweating can be an indication of an underlying condition, sweating due to an underlying condition is called secondary Hyperhidrosis which is different from Primary Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating without any reason.

Having Hyperhidrosis can cause you to perspire more than is necessary to regulate body temperature. Hyperhidrosis can either be generalized — affecting the entire body — or can be localized to particular parts of the body.

What Causes Hyperhidrosis or Sweating? Let’s Find Out The Possible Triggers:

Sweating normally happens when the nervous system triggers the sweat glands to produce fluid to cool the body. This can happen in response to the temperature, physical activity or stress.

Hyperhidrosis can also be triggered by medical or emotional issues (so, yes, you’re not the only one; other people get the sweats when they’re embarrassed, too). So far, unpleasant-but-normal; but what’s happening inside your body when it starts producing sweat at levels that seem excessive? This is Secondary Hyperhidrosis.

It also happens that the nerves become overactive and trigger the sweat glands even without heat or physical activity. This type of hyperhidrosis often runs in families. It can become worse if you are nervous or stressed. This is called Primary Hyperhidrosis.

The Key Reasons Of Secondary Sweating Identified Are:

1.Secondary Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis affects between one and three percent of the human population. The “focal” in the name refers to the focal points of the body where sweat shows up naturally, like the underarms, palms and face. People who suffer from it don’t have more sweat glands, larger ones, or anything else in their sweat-making that could cause this malfunction.

2. Thyroid Issues

Hyperthyroidism —which plays a large role in manipulating your body’s metabolic rate, goes into overdrive, producing excess levels of the metabolic hormones thyroxine (T4) and tri-iodothyronine (T3). Your body’s reaction to these hormone levels will speed up and all your systems will be driven to work incredibly hard. NOT FUN!

3. Diabetes

Diabetes sufferers may experience excess sweating: one in response to low blood sugar, one in relation to food, and one solely occurring at night. The second is rarer, and is called “gustatory sweating” because of its exclusive relationship with food. The third is the dreaded “night sweats,” or nocturnal hyperhidrosis.

4. Anxiety

People suffering from anxiety disorders are more likely to suffer from excess sweat as a direct consequence of anxiety attacks, PTSD triggers and general anxiety. Counseling can definitely help with this one, though; if you feel your anxiety has become dangerous or is keeping you from fully engaging with life.

5. Cancer

Sweating can be a symptom of cancer, or may be due to cancer treatment. It can be very distressing. It can also be embarrassing if you are in a social situation. Some cancers can cause you to sweat more than usual. These include:

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Carcinoid tumours
  • Leukaemia Mmesotheliom
  • Bone cancer
  • Liver cancer

6. Hormones

Changes in hormone levels can cause hot flushes and sweats. Your hormone levels may change because of the cancer itself, or because of treatment such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or hormone therapy. Men can have hot flushes and sweating when they have hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer, because it reduces the amount of testosterone in the body.

And remember that, though some medical problems do make us sweat more, there’s nothing “wrong,” “unhealthy,” or “gross” about sweating a lot.

Where To Get Help for Hyperhidrosis?

Through a systematic evaluation of causes and triggers of excessive sweating, followed by a stepwise approach to medical treatment, many have found respite from the annoying disorder.

At SkinCity, we administer various treatment approaches, one including BOTOX® therapy, which is very safe to use, and can be injected into the underarms, palms and soles of the feet and forehead. Laser Sweat Ablation (LSA) Treatment is also an equally effective and long lasting solution for hyperhidrosis. FDA approved miraDry Treatment is a revolutionary treatment for underarm sweating, giving long lasting to permanent results.

If you’re concerned about sweating, learn more about how you and our specialists can work together to find the right treatment, or combination of hyperhidrosis treatments, to manage the condition.Time to live a sweat-free life!

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See More Hyperhidrosis Related Articles:

1. Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating? Here’s All You Need to Know!

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

3. What is the Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)?

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About The Author

Skin Specialist in Pune

Dr Niteen Dhepe is a Board Certified Dermatologist and has developed himself as a pioneer in field of Cosmetic Dermatology and Lasers in India. He is the biggest entrepreneur in contemporary dermatology world of India.

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