In some cases, heavy sweating can be a sign of a medical condition. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be a warning sign of thyroid problems, diabetes or infection. This condition is also more common in people who are overweight or out of shape.
While excessive sweating isn’t medically dangerous, it can disrupt normal daily activities and cause significant emotional and psychological distress, affecting personal and professional relationships. However, the condition is usually treatable.
How much is too much
Sweating is one of the ways we regulate our body temperature. If you sweat more than other people when it’s hot or you’re exerting yourself, that’s usually not a sign of trouble. Some people just sweat more than others.
If you have hyperhidrosis, you may sweat heavily for no reason – when it’s not appropriate to the circumstances. Let’s say that it’s a spring afternoon, you’re not anxious, you don’t have a fever, you’re watching a movie, and you are sopping wet. That’s not normal. Should you see a doctor? Yes, if you have any of these symptoms:
Changing your lifestyle and daily activities can improve symptoms and make you more self-confident.
If you have made lifestyle changes and are still living with excessive and embarrassing sweating, isn’t it time to head off the problem? There are ways to treat hyperhidrosis, so talk to your dermatologist or health care professional about treatments such as iontophoresis, Botox, surgery or medication to stop the sweat glands from kicking in.
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