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sweating

Overview of sweating

Excessive sweating is when you sweat more than you might expect based on the surrounding temperature or your activity level or stress. Excessive sweating can disrupt daily activities and cause social anxiety or embarrassment.

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis (hi-pur-hi-DROE-sis), can affect your entire body or just certain areas, particularly your palms, soles, underarms or face. The type that typically affects the hands and feet causes at least one episode a week, during waking hours.

Home Remedies for sweating :

Some alterations in daily activity and lifestyle may help improve symptoms:

  • Antiperspirants ? deodorants do not stop sweating, but antiperspirants sprays do. Some prescription antiperspirants include aluminum chloride, which plugs the sweat glands.
  • Armpit shields ? pads worn in the armpit to protect a garment from perspiration.
  • Clothing ? certain synthetic fibers, such as nylon, may worsen symptoms. Loose clothing is better.
  • Shoes ? synthetic materials are more likely to worsen symptoms. Natural materials, such as leather, are recommended.
  • Socks ? some socks are better at absorbing moisture, such as thick, soft ones made of natural fibers.

If these measures are not effective, medical treatment may help.

Antiperspirants and armpit shields are available to purchase online.

When to see doctor for sweating :

Seek immediate medical attention if your heavy sweating is accompanied by:

  • Chills
  • Lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • A body temperature of 104 F (40 C) or higher

Schedule a doctor's visit

Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual.
  • Sweating disrupts your daily routine.
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason.

Treatment for the sweating

A doctor may refer the person to a skin specialist, or dermatologist.

They may recommend:

Iontophoresis ? the hands and feet are submerged in a bowl of water. A painless electric current is passed through the water. Most patients need two to four 20-30 minute treatments.

Botulinum toxin (Botox injections) ? Botox injections block the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. Patients with hyperhidrosis may need several injections for effective results.

Anticholinergic drugs ? these medications inhibit the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses. Patients generally notice an improvement in symptoms within about 2 weeks.

ETS (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) ? this surgical intervention is only recommended in severe cases which have not responded to other treatments. The nerves that carry messages to the sweat glands are cut.

ETS may be used to treat hyperhidrosis of the face, hands or armpits. ETS is not recommended for treating hyperhidrosis of the feet because of the risk of permanent sexual dysfunction.

FAQ

What is excessive sweating a sign of ?

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be a warning sign of thyroid problems, diabetes or infection. Excessive sweating is also more common in people who are overweight or out of shape. The good news is that most cases of excessive sweating are harmless.

Why do females sweat so much ?

Sweating is your body's way of reducing your internal body temperature," says dermatologist Patricia Farris, MD, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Tulane University in New Orleans. When temperatures rise -- for any reason -- the sweat glands kick in to produce more sweat, Farris says.

When should I be concerned about sweating ?

For others, it's a sign of a more serious medical issue, like a heart attack, infection, thyroid problem, or even cancer. If you sweat excessively and aren't sure why, visit your doctor to rule out underlying medical issues and develop a treatment plan.

Does high blood pressure cause sweating ?

If you are looking for a list of symptoms and signs of high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension), you won't find them here. This is because most of the time, there are none. Myth: People with high blood pressure will experience symptoms, like nervousness, sweating, difficulty sleeping or facial flushing.

What is a silent stroke ?

Silent Stroke. You could have a stroke and not know it. It's called silent cerebral infarction (SCI), or ?silent stroke.? Silent stroke is likely caused by a blood clot that interrupts blood flow in the brain. It's a risk factor for future strokes and a sign of progressive brain damage.

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