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Irregular sweating: What you need to know

The article was professionally consulted by Specialist Doctor I Nguyen Hong Phuc - Emergency Resuscitation Doctor, Emergency Resuscitation Department - Vinmec Phu Quoc International General Hospital. The doctor has nearly 20 years of experience in Emergency Resuscitation.
Unusually heavy sweating that is not related to temperature or physical activity. Do not be subjective when you are inactive and still sweat a lot because that is a sign of health problems.

1. Cause

Sweating is the body's self-cooling mechanism. Our nervous system automatically activates sweat glands when body temperature rises. Sweating is also common, especially in the palms of our hands when we are nervous.
The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal hyperhidrosis. In this form, the nerves responsible for telling the sweat glands to become hyperactive, even when they are not activated by physical activity or an increase in temperature. With stress and anxiety, the problem is even more serious. This form of hyperhidrosis usually occurs in the palms of the hands and sometimes on the face.
There is no medical cause for this form of hyperhidrosis, it can be hereditary, because it sometimes runs in families.
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Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is caused by a medical problem, which is less common. It tends to cause sweating all over the body. Conditions that can cause excessive sweating include:
Diabetes Menopause thyroid problems Hypoglycemia Some types of cancer Heart attack Nervous system disorders Infections Certain medications Certain medications can also cause excessive sweating, like opioid withdrawal.

2. Symptoms

Most people sweat during exercise or exertion, in hot environments, or when nervous or stressed. However, the amount of sweat produced due to increased sweating is far more than normal.
Hyperhidrosis usually affects the hands, feet, armpits or face causing at least one episode a week, while awake, and usually occurs on both sides of the body.

3. Complications

Complications of hyperhidrosis include
Infections. People who sweat a lot are more prone to skin infections. Affect social and emotional life. Dirty or sweaty hands and wet clothes cause a lot of embarrassment. This condition can affect career pursuits and academic goals.

4. When to see a doctor?

In some cases, excessive sweating is a sign of a dangerous illness.
Seek immediate medical attention if excessive sweating is accompanied by dizziness, chest pain or nausea.
See a doctor if:
Sweating disrupts your daily routine
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Sweating that causes emotional difficulties or social problems
Sudden sweating more than usual Night sweats for no apparent reason Treatment of hyperhidrosis usually works, Start with prescription-strength antiperspirants. If antiperspirants don't respond, you may need to try other medications and treatments. In more severe cases, doctors may recommend surgery to remove sweat glands or disconnect the nerves responsible for overproduction of sweat.

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Article referenced source: Mayoclinic.org

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