Sweating is a natural process our body does to cool off and prevent overheating, but if we sweat too much on a regular basis, that could indicate a larger health issue. Dr. Tomi Mitchell, a Board-Certified Family Physician with Holistic Wellness Strategies tells Eat This, Not That! Health, “Normal sweating is a natural and necessary process that helps to regulate body temperature. However, when the body sweats excessively, it can signify an underlying health condition. Excess sweating can occur in any body area but is most commonly experienced on the palms, soles of the feet, underarms, or face. It can also lead to feelings of anxiety, embarrassment, and even depression.” Dr. Mitchell to us what causes excess sweating and signs it’s something serious to watch out for. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID.
Dr. Mitchell explains, “There are many possible causes of excess sweating, including medications, hormonal imbalances, menopause, and certain medical conditions. There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is caused by overactive sweat glands and is not associated with any underlying medical condition. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by another medical condition, such as an infection or a tumor. Treatment for hyperhidrosis depends on the type and severity of the condition. However, there are sinister causes of excessive sweating to be aware of.”
Dr. Mitchell says, “Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition that can be both embarrassing and difficult to manage. While everyone sweats when they are hot or exercising, people with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely even when at rest or in a cool environment. As a result, they may avoid activities or social situations altogether. If you are concerned about excess sweating, it is essential to seek medical treatment. Your doctor can perform tests to determine the underlying cause of your sweating and develop a customized treatment plan. In some cases, prescription antiperspirants or Botox injections may be recommended. With proper treatment, you can regain confidence and enjoy your life without fear of excessive sweating. However, there are sinister causes of excessive sweating to be aware of. There are a few key signs that a severe illness may cause your sweating. If you find yourself sweating excessively, even when you’re not exercising or in a warm environment, it could signify an underlying medical condition. Night sweats are another possible indicator of a severe illness (i.e. cancer), as is sudden onset sweating (drenching sweats that happen without any trigger). If you notice any of these signs, it’s essential to see a doctor right away for further testing. While sweating alone is not usually indicative of a severe illness, it can be one of the first warning signs of something more serious. Don’t ignore these potential red flags – get checked out by a professional to rule out any underlying health concerns.”
Dr. Mitchell states, “When most people think of a stroke, they picture someone lying in a hospital bed, unable to move or speak. While this is certainly one possible stroke outcome, it is far from the only one. Many stroke survivors live relatively everyday lives, although they may be left with some lingering effects. One of these effects is excess sweating. It may seem strange that a brain injury could cause this problem, but it makes perfect sense when you understand how the nervous system works. The autonomic nervous system controls all of the body’s involuntary functions, including heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. It also regulates sweating. When you get nervous, your sympathetic nervous system is activated. This part of the nervous system controls the fight-or-flight response, and it triggers several changes in the body. Your heart rate increases, your breathing quickens, and you start to sweat. The sympathetic nervous system stimulates the sweat glands, causing them to release more sweat onto the skin. This increase in sweating helps to cool the body down, which is essential when you’re exercising or exposed to heat. It can also help regulate body temperature when you’re feeling emotions like fear or anxiety. A stroke, which can impact the part of the brain that controls sweating, can cause one to sweat excessively and uncontrollably. However, please don’t forget the more common signs of stroke. Knowing this might save your life or the life of someone you love.
When it comes to strokes, time is critical. Every minute that passes without treatment more brain cells die. That’s why it’s essential to know the signs of stroke and act FAST. The FAST test is an easy way to remember the most common symptoms of stroke:
Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop, or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven?
Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence.”
“When the heart isn’t pumping blood as efficiently, the body attempts to compensate by sending more blood to the vital organs,” says Dr. Mitchell. “This increases the amount of blood flowing through the veins and causes the body to release more salt, leading to excessive sweating. Excess sweating is often one of the first signs of heart failure, especially for people who are not used to sweating excessively. In addition to sweating, other common symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swollen ankles or legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to see a doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated.”
Dr. Mitchell shares, “When the heart isn’t pumping blood as efficiently, the body attempts to compensate by sending more blood to the vital organs. This increases the amount of blood flowing through the veins and causes the body to release more salt, leading to excessive sweating. Excess sweating is often one of the first signs of heart failure, especially for people who are not used to sweating excessively. In addition to sweating, other common symptoms of heart failure include shortness of breath, fatigue, and swollen ankles or legs. If you experience any of these symptoms, it’s essential to see a doctor to be properly diagnosed and treated.”
“When you have diabetes, your body cannot regulate blood sugar levels effectively,” Dr. Mitchell explains. “This can cause several symptoms, one of which is excess sweating. When your blood sugar levels are high, your body tries to eliminate the excess by flushing it out through your skin. This can cause you to sweat more than usual, especially when you are in a warm environment or exercising. While sweating is normal and healthy, if you find that you are sweating excessively, it could be a sign that your blood sugar levels are out of balance. If you notice this symptom, it is essential to speak to your doctor so that they can help you get your diabetes under control.”
According to Dr. Mitchell, “Excess sweating is one of the earliest and most common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It typically starts as a mild problem but can become more severe. Excess sweating is caused by inflammation of the sweat glands, leading to increased sweat production. The sweating may occur on any part of the body but is most commonly seen on the palms, soles, and face.”