Excessive sweating, medically known as hyperhidrosis, can understandably be an embarrassing issue to deal with. While it can affect any part of the body, it largely occurs under the arms and the hands and it’s thought that up to 5% of the population suffers from excessive sweating at some point.

Sweating is natural, particularly after exercise. However, if you are sweating profusely when the body doesn’t need to cool down, it could point to hyperhidrosis.

What causes excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)?

You can develop both primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs when there is no underlying medical cause. It is thought to be partially hereditary and can occur at any time.

Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by fever, the menopause, an overactive thyroid, or medications. Understanding the cause will help you to identify the best course of treatment.

Is excessive sweating a sign of something serious?

Most of the time, excessive sweating isn’t a sign of anything serious. However, in rare cases it could link to a more serious health problem.

Excessive sweating has been associated with a number of conditions such as anxiety, Parkinson’s Disease, alcoholism, pregnancy, and heart failure. These are just a small number of the conditions that could be causing the issue.

If your excessive sweating is down to an underlying issue, you will typically have other symptoms too.

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Injectables are also a popular choice to treat hyperhidrosis, particularly if other treatments have failed to improve the sweating. They cannot cure excessive sweating, but they provide temporary relief.

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