Excessive Sweating

Sep 2, 2022

What causes hyperhidrosis?

Primary hyperhidrosis is the term used when there is no underlying medical condition causing excessive sweating. Excessive perspiration that is not brought on by a rise in body temperature or physical activity occurs in this situation. Primary hyperhidrosis might have some inherited components.

Adults are more likely to develop generalized hyperhidrosis, also known as secondary hyperhidrosis.

Excessive sweating that is caused by another medical condition is referred to as generalized hyperhidrosis. Your body may start to perspire more often than usual if you have one of many illnesses, including diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. As a side effect, several drugs including naproxen and zinc supplements increase sweating.

The following medical problems could result in excessive sweating:

  • Acromegaly
  • Diabetic hypoglycemia
  • Fever of undetermined cause
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Malaria
  • Menopause
  • Pheochromocytoma
  • Tuberculosis

Why do I sweat more now that I’m older?

More salt will be lost through sweat in some people than in others. You’re losing sodium through salty perspiration, which can be replaced with a sports drink if it hurts your eyes, leaves a gritty feeling on your skin, or causes a sting on an open cut. In addition, a larger body needs more perspiration to cool its larger surface area. Also as you get older, your body gets less heat-tolerant. Aging sweat glands alter the body’s capacity to efficiently cool itself.

Why do I sweat so much in my sleep?

You anticipate sweating, sometimes a lot, whether you’re working out, it’s hot outside, or you’re just overdressed. You do not when you are asleep. You’re probably all too familiar with waking up soaked (or saturated) in perspiration if you have night sweats. You’ve undoubtedly also thought to yourself “This can’t be natural” a few times. While you sleep, it’s common to encounter changes in body temperature, which occasionally cause sweating.

How much you sweat is also influenced by outside factors. Your body will perspire to maintain a comfortable internal temperature whether you’re running outside in 95-degree heat with 70 percent humidity or taking a hot yoga class. Similar to this, consuming hot foods or drinking caffeinated beverages can raise your body temperature and make you sweat out any excess.

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