Causes Of Excessive Sweating

Published: 14th June 2010
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Excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis. Doctors believe that the cause of excessive sweating is down to genetics. Excessive sweating can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. I can be a sign that the person may have an infection or that the person may have diabetes. Over activity in the sympathetic nervous system also is what the doctors have linked to the cause of excessive sweating.

So how do you know if you have an excessive sweat problem? After all we know that our body needs to sweat in order for it to function properly. Well if you sweat while you are sitting down relaxing and you start to sweat, even though the room is not to hot and you are not anxious and have really no reason to sweat, then you can safely say you need to talk to your G.P about the problem.

There are two types of excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis:

1. Generalised Hyperhidrosis

2. Focal Hyperhidrosis

Generalised Hyperhidrosis This is when sweating occurs all over the body.

Focal Hyperhidrosis This is when sweating is focused in one area.

Generalised Hyperhidrosis:

This type of sweating as mentioned above can happen all over the body, including the face, legs, arms and trunk of body. It is a less common form of Hyperhidrosis and is usually always cause by an underlying medical condition. When a person suffers from this type of sweating, they usually have other problems such as:

1. Neoplastic disease (cancer),

2. Thyroid disorder,

3. Parkinsons disease,

4. Diabetes,

5. Heart Failure,

6. Menopause,

7. Alcoholism,

8. Rheumatoid Arthritis,

9. Stroke

10. Or they may be Obese.

The cause of an excessive sweating problem is usually found in some cases but in other cases the cause may not be found.

Elderly patients often complain of upper body sweating. The cause of this is usually got to do with hormonal changes going on in the body, aging, weight and lessened activity level (I.E. the menopause).

Some medications can also cause excessive sweating to occur. They include:

1. Tricyclic Antidepressants: Pamelor and Norpramin etc.

2. Dry Mouth Medication: Salagen etc.

3. SSRI Antidepressants: Prozac and Paxil etc.

4. And Some Supplements: Cold Remedies That Are Zinc Based.

Focal Hyperhidrosis:

1% to 2% of the population suffer from this type of sweating which usually starts in childhood or adolescence. This condition is where sweating is confined to a certain area, usually the face, the hands, the feet or the armpits. This type of sweating is not down to any underlying medical condition. This condition is usually always down to genetics and is caused by a minor malfunction in the nervous system. In studies done it was shown that 50-60% of the causes of this problem was down to genetics. If sweating occurs on the face it can usually cause facial blushing also. Not so long ago it was thought that the cause of excessive hand sweating was to do with the person being anxious, however it is now known that even during times of none anxious moments, the hands of a person who suffers from hyperhidrosis still sweat. A person who sweats excessively during time of high anxiety is not said to suffer from hyperhidrosis.

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