Excessive Sweating

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Excessive sweating can disrupt daily activities and cause social anxiety or embarrassment. Dr. Edward Hill discusses excessive sweating in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Excessive sweating is when you sweat more than you might expect based on the surrounding temperature or your activity level or stress.

It can affect your entire body or just certain areas, particularly your palms, soles, underarms or face. The type that typically affects the hands and feet causes at least one episode a week, during waking hours.

If heavy sweating has no underlying medical cause, its called primary hyperhidrosis. This type occurs when the nerves responsible for triggering your sweat glands become overactive and call for more perspiration even when its not needed. Primary hyperhidrosis may be at least partially hereditary.

If the sweating can be attributed to an underlying medical condition, its called secondary hyperhidrosis.

Seek immediate medical attention if your heavy sweating is accompanied by chills, lightheadedness, chest pain, nausea or a body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.

Contact your doctor if you suddenly begin to sweat more than usual or the sweating disrupts your daily routine.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.