Ever hear the old proverb “a little sweat never hurts anyone” but what if you are sweating excessively under minimal physical or mental duress? The weather is pleasant but you’ve got excessive sweating palms, excess face sweating and excessive sweating underarms? In such a case there is indeed cause to worry! You might have what’s medically categorized as Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in layman’s terms.
Causes of excessive sweating aka hyperhidrosis:
Excessive sweating aka hyperhidrosis can be congenital meaning a person is born predisposed to it or it can manifest later on most probably during teen years. There are two types of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis):
Primary: localized hyperhidrosis which usually occurs in palms of the hands or feet is defined as “idiopathic” meaning because of unknown causes. Localized excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) is usually harmless.
Secondary: This is the type of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) which occurs because of an underlying health condition and can prove to be life threatening is not taken seriously and will be the focus of this article.
Underlying health conditions associated with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis):
If you are experiencing overall excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) which is NOT limited to the sole of your feet and the palms of your hands under normal conditions then there is urgent need to consult a doctor. It may be the precursor for some serious ailments like diabetes, mellitus or thyroid problem etc. Secondary form of excessive sweating can also be caused by a reaction to some medications. Listed below is the breakup of some of the underlying health conditions associated with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis):
Ever seen a person that sweats excessively while eating or immediately after eating? This is also a form of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) and is classified under secondary or focal hyperhidrosis. Most people having this condition dismiss it without giving it a second thought though. Gustatory Hyperhidrosis is also called Frey’s syndrome which is caused by damage to the nerve that passes through parotid gland also observed in patients with diabetics’ autonomic neuropathy.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer which takes root in the protective tissue lining covering our internal organs. Doctors have yet to understand and pinpoint why mesothelioma triggers excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Secondary hyperhidrosis is not limited to mesothelioma though, other forms of cancer such as Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia and liver cancer can also trigger excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to regulate glucose levels. There are two types of it called type 1 and type 2 respectively. One is characterized by high glucose levels and other by abnormally low glucose levels in the blood. Both types of diabetes can cause excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
These are just some of the underlying health conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis. If you have symptoms of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) don’t take it lightly. Consult your doctor immediately and seek a diagnosis.