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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
You could also consider aesthetic treatment such as botox and laser lipolysis. Both of these give temporary relief, but can be quite effective. The botox treatment is usually given under the soles of your feet, palms of your hands or under the armpits. The laser lipolysis treatment is more permanent, lasting two years or even more. It is only administered in the armpit area and focuses on the sweat glands located under your skin. For some individuals, it requires additional treatment. However, if you find it embarrassing and want a solution, then you should consider aesthetic treatment for excessive sweating.