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Causes Of Excessive Sweating and The Solutions

Updated: May 14, 2022

When excessive sweating is widespread, it is mostly a side effect of a pathology or other disorder such as excess weight, menopause, anxiety disorders, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson's disease, etc. Below, we touch on a few of these causes and how to obtain a solution.


Hereditary


Primary hyperhidrosis leads to sweating on the face, armpits, feet, head and hands. It begins during childhood and tends to affect a person throughout his life. Its cause is not yet well established today, but we know the triggers: a strong emotion, intense physical activity or the consumption of spicy food. It seems that 25% of people with hyperhidrosis often have a family history suggesting a heredity of hyperperspiration.


Medications


Excessive sweating can also be caused by taking certain medications. It can be a side effect of some over-the-counter or prescription medications, although this side effect is rare. The drugs that can cause hyperperspiration are most often antidepressants, such as desipramine and nortriptyline.


Pregnancy


Pregnancy causes hormonal dysregulation in women, causing dilation of small blood vessels located in the head, neck and chest, among others. This dilation of the vessels causes a feeling of heat that triggers sweating.


Premenopause


Premenopause is the phase that precedes menopause in women. The body then experiences a hormonal imbalance: changes in estrogen levels have a direct influence on body temperature, causing excessive sweating.


Thyroid problems


Metabolism may also increase due to hyperthyroidism (overactivity of the thyroid gland). The thyroid gland produces a surplus of thyroid hormones which can lead to an increase in internal temperature and therefore excessive sweating. Hyperthyroidism is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.


Anxiety


Excessive sweating is a common consequence of stress and anxiety. Stress hormones are released, causing sweating. People tend to sweat more when they are agitated and this phenomenon continues as long as they feel anxious.


Diabetes


Sweating is often a sign for people with diabetes that their blood sugar levels are falling. Diabetics may also suffer from night sweats due to low blood sugar levels during the night. Transient hyperperspiration can also occur during vagal malaise, myocardial infarction, or inflammation that weakens the body.


What To Do Against Excessive Sweating?


There are several ways to combat a sweating problem. Some methods allow you to sweat less, others act on the reduction of unpleasant body odor. Aesthetic treatment is an easier and much less complex solution to this problem.


Pay Attention to your Diet


Some foods and drinks promote the production of sweat and are therefore to be avoided to limit the discomfort caused. This is particularly the case for:

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Coffee/tea

  • Spicy food

Wear Appropriate Clothing


In case of heavy sweating, be sure to wear suitable clothing. Avoid clothing made of synthetic material in favor of natural materials such as linen, cotton or wool. To avoid sweating at the feet, it is also recommended to avoid plastic shoes.