Sweating is a normal reaction to heat: it cools the body and flushes out toxins. However, excessive and smelly sweat makes a person feel uncomfortable and signals that something may be wrong. Whether it’s hyperhidrosis or some other medical condition, it’s really important to find out the reason behind it to prevent more serious problems in the future.
Bright Side presents you with a list of 8 health conditions that may cause excessive sweating.
Excessive sweat might be caused by you stressing out. Stress and anxiety not only negatively affect your body, but they also manifest themselves in the form of sweat. This type of sweat is also extra smelly because it contains fat and protein mixed with skin bacteria.
2. A thyroid problem (hyperthyroidism)
Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland becomes “hyperactive” and starts producing too much thyroid hormone. When this happens, the processes in the body are sped up and among many symptoms, you may feel yourself getting nervous or anxious and you might experience weight loss and excessive sweating. This might be a sign to go to the doctor to get your thyroid examined.
3. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
Though excessive sweating can be caused by different things, sometimes it can be caused by hypoglycemia, which is a low level of blood sugar. Such sweating comes regardless of how warm the temperature in the room or outside may be. Together with this, a person with low blood sugar might also experience ravenous hunger, anxiety, dizziness, light-headedness, and vision problems.
Excessive sweating on just one area on the body like your neck, the underarms, palms, or soles of the feet is called hyperhidrosis. These areas are affected the most because of their high concentration of sweat glands. It’s not life-threatening but uncomfortable and can cause embarrassment. Hyperhidrosis is sometimes followed by irritating and painful skin problems and anxiety. If you notice sweat stains on your t-shirt around your armpits or if your palms are always wet, it’s better to consult a doctor. Luckily, there are remedies that can reduce symptoms.
5. Side effects of medication
Excessive sweating might be caused by a medicine you may be taking. There is nothing to be scared of — sweating is a common side effect of a variety of medications such as antibiotics, blood pressure medicine, and psychiatric drugs. You can find the information about side effects in the paper annotation to your meds.
It feels like an intense heat in your chest that follows up to your head accompanied by excessive sweat. This happens due to upcoming menopause, or perimenopause. Sweating, dysfunction of the menstrual cycle, migraines, hot flashes, and chills happen as a result of changing estrogen levels.
7. A fever of unknown origin (FUO)
A fever of unknown origin is a fever of at least 101° F (38.3° C) that happens usually without explanation and lasts for a long time (3 weeks or so). There are 4 types of FUO: classical (affects healthy people), nosocomial (as a result of hospitalization), immune-deficient (occurs in people with compromised immune systems), and HIV-associated. Typical symptoms of a fever include a high temperature, sweating, chills, and headaches. If you suffer from these, you should contact your doctor.
Obesity is a disorder characterized by the presence of a big amount of body fat. Genetics, inactivity, an unhealthy diet, eating habits, certain medications, and lack of sleep can all cause obesity and can lead to further health problems. Obesity causes secondary hyperhidrosis (hyperhidrosis that is not a primary cause, but can signify another underlying condition) and makes life uncomfortable.
Do you have sweat problems? Do you know what could be causing them? How do you overcome it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!