5 Surprising Causes Of Excessive Sweating And How To Combat Them

Excessive sweating can affect various parts of the body, but what are some examples of surprising causes, and how can it be prevented?

Sweating is a natural process that helps regulate our body temperature in warm environments and after physical exertion. However, some people experience excessive sweating, which can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing.

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can affect various parts of the body, including the palms, neck, feet, underarms, and face. So, what causes it? Well, the truth is, researchers are still trying to answer that question definitively. While hot weather, exercise, and anxiety are common triggers of sweating, there are also lesser-known causes that may surprise you. Here’s what you need to know about the five surprising causes of excessive sweating and how to combat them.

1) Medications

Some prescription drugs may affect the body’s temperature regulation system and cause excess perspiration as a result. This is particularly common in prescription medications used to treat certain mental health conditions, such as antidepressants and antipsychotics, as they can affect the activity of the sweat glands. Additionally, some over-the-counter medications, like cold and allergy remedies, may also cause excessive sweating as a side effect. If you’re experiencing excessive sweating and are taking one of these medications, speak to your doctor about switching to a different medication or adjusting the dose. Never stop taking your medication without first consulting with your doctor.

2) Hormonal Imbalances Or Changes

Hormonal imbalances or changes, such as those that occur during menopause or pregnancy in women, or the natural ageing process in both men and women, can lead to excessive sweating. The endocrine system is responsible for releasing hormones that regulate various bodily functions, including sweating. When the hormones are imbalanced, either too much or too little of them, the body’s sweat glands can overreact, leading to excessive sweating. Hormone replacement therapy or other hormonal treatments may help alleviate the symptoms. Speak to your doctor to see if this is an appropriate treatment for you.

3) Thyroid Conditions

Excessive sweating can have many underlying medical causes – and one of them can be an undiagnosed thyroid condition. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your metabolism, and when it’s underactive or overactive, it can lead to a variety of symptoms – one of which is sweating profusely, even when you’re not exerting yourself. If you’ve noticed that you’re sweating excessively and without apparent cause, it’s worth getting your thyroid function tested. An accurate diagnosis is the first step in finding an appropriate treatment plan, and it’s essential not to ignore this symptom as a mere inconvenience. Treating the underlying thyroid condition may stop or reduce the sweating.

4) Emotional Stress And Anxiety

Emotional stress and anxiety can lead to excessive sweating without any apparent physical trigger. When we are under stress, our bodies produce more adrenaline which triggers our sweat glands to release more sweat. This can lead to excessive sweating even in non-strenuous situations. Additionally, anxiety can cause our bodies to heat up internally, which exacerbates sweating – hence the classic ‘sweaty palms’ when you’re nervous. Stress management techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or therapy can help alleviate the symptoms. It’s important to practice self-care and seek professional help if necessary.

5) Genetics 

Some people are simply more prone to excessive sweating due to their genetics. This means that if you have a parent or close family member who sweats heavily, you may be more likely to experience the same condition. While this can’t be changed, there are still treatments available to help manage the symptoms such as medication, electrical stimulation, and even botulinum toxin injections. Speak to your doctor or a qualified cosmetic clinician about which treatment option is best for your needs.

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While the exact cause of hyperhidrosis may not be entirely clear, there are treatment options available to help manage the symptoms and improve overall quality of life. Please call us today to find out more.


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