Sweat is an unfortunate part of our daily lives. Dealing with excessive sweating can be a challenge, but it's much simpler if you can get to the bottom of why you’re sweating.
Sweating is the body’s natural defense against overheating. Much like an engine needs fans and coolant, our bodies must regulate heat efficiently. Perspiration is the process of sweat glands producing sweat. Sweat is a liquid that contains salt that is excreted to the surface of the skin where it evaporates. As sweat evaporates, it serves to cool the body. Sweating can be an extremely efficient process if you remain well-hydrated.
It’s natural to sweat when it’s hot out, as we’re all aware of, but there are some other causes of sweat that also aren’t out of the ordinary. It’s very common to sweat from fevers, anxiety or stress and exercise. As we explore some of the other, rarer conditions that cause sweating it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Excessive sweating is sometimes difficult to treat, but there are ways to do it. miraDry is a new procedure for eliminating the sweat glands most responsible for excessive perspiration in the armpits. There are other treatment methods for controlling hyperhidrosis, including antiperspirants and iontophoresis. This treatment involves immersing your hands and/or feet in water with a minute electric charge coursing through it. Here are some reasons for excessive sweating.
There are many foods that can cause sweating, either excessive or just unnecessarily. Spicy foods, as you probably know, can make you sweat. In addition, hot foods, caffeinated drinks like sodas, coffee or tea, and even alcohol can cause sweating. If you’re noticing that you’re sweating for what feels like no reason, take a look at the foods you’ve eaten or the things you’ve drank. Many medications may also be responsible for excessive sweating. Fever-reducing drugs, synthetic thyroid hormones or heavy-duty painkillers like morphine can make you sweat excessively. While hyperhidrosis is only a minor side effect of these drugs, it’s important to mention any side effects you experience with a doctor.
There are a variety of health conditions, both severe and mild that can cause unexplained sweating. Anytime hormonal shifts are extreme, like in pregnancy or menopause, hyperhidrosis can occur. Some other, more serious conditions including diabetes, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, lymphoma can all cause hyperhidrosis. Sweating as a symptom is rarely serious on its own, but it’s one way your body may signal that something is wrong without you even knowing. Infections can also cause sweating, so that’s why it’s important to visit a doctor if excessive sweating is happening for reasons you cannot explain.
All the causes for excessive sweating we’ve looked at so far are called secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis, on the other hand, often doesn’t give you the same explanations. This form of hyperhidrosis usually impacts the head, hands and feet, and underarms. PH usually affects the eccrine sweat glands, which are not usually responsible for body odor, so more than anything the condition leaves you feeling wet and self-conscious. The causes of primary hyperhidrosis are not well understood, but scientists believe that the condition is hereditary. So the odds are that if you have primary hyperhidrosis, someone in your family probably has it as well. Though the condition can vary in severity, even a mild case of hyperhidrosis can be disruptive to your daily life.
Even if your hyperhidrosis cannot be explained, it can still be treated. If you have unexplainable or excessive sweating, call the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates today.
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