How Intense Sweating Could Mean Something Is Wrong

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Sweating can be a nuisance. It’s unattractive and it can often cause odor. When we sweat, we typically believe that we’re either hot and our body is trying to cool down or that we’re nervous and our body is letting our nerves show. But contrary to what we may think, intense sweating could be more than just overheating or nerves. In fact, intense sweating can often mean that something else, something more serious, is wrong.

What exactly is intense sweating?
Sweating is a normal reaction to nerves or heat, but it’s not the same as intense sweating. Intense sweating occurs when you start sweating profusely without exerting yourself, feeling anxious or having a fever. Intense sweating is also known as hyperhidrosis, and it comes in primary and secondary forms.
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Primary hyperhidrosis generally occurs as excessive sweating in certain parts of the body, such as the hands, feet, face, underarms and groin. About 3% of the population suffers from primary hyperhidrosis, and aside from being embarrassing and uncomfortable, it doesn’t lead to illness or cause problems. You can treat it with special deodorants or medical injections from your doctor.

What is secondary hyperhidrosis?
Secondary hyperhidrosis is another form of intense sweating that occurs all over the body and is generally a warning sign about an underlying issue. Some medical conditions and diseases that are aligned with secondary hyperhidrosis include heart failure, stroke, diabetes, thyroid problems, menopause, Parkinson’s disease, pregnancy, cancer, or infectious diseases.

When should I see a doctor?
If you suffer from primary hyperhidrosis, you don’t have to worry about seeing a doctor, but you can if you want to be prescribed a stronger antiperspirant or receive injections to cure it. If you believe that you have secondary hyperhidrosis, you need to see a doctor so that you can be tested for a variety of medical conditions. If you are constantly waking up in a cold sweat or if you notice that you’re only sweating on one side of your body, you should visit your doctor immediately.

What can be done to treat it?
Primary hyperhidrosis can be cured through antiperspirants, medications, botox or surgery. Secondary hyperhidrosis can also be cured, but the treatment will depend on what underlying medical condition is causing it.

For example, if your excessive sweating is caused by diabetes, you may find that once you take the necessary steps to treat it, your sweating will subside. If your excessive sweating is caused  by a thyroid problem, you may find that the sweating stops once you start taking the proper medication. Once  your doctor runs the right tests to determine the underlying cause of your excessive sweating, you could receive the proper treatment to not only stop your intense sweating but to also cure or treat whatever illness or disease you’re suffering from.

If you believe that you’re sweating more than normal, you should take the time to visit your doctor. They will be able to determine if your sweating is caused by hyper glands or if something else is wrong, and this can help save your life.

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Caleb Grant is a health specialist and fitness instructor.  He enjoys sharing tips on how to stay healthy by exercising and eating right.

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