Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can affect the entire body, but usually occurs in the palms, soles, armpits, and/or groin area. Excessive sweating is normal when a person is anxious or has a fever. However, when the condition is chronic, it may be hyperhidrosis or it can signal thyroid problems, low blood sugar, nervous system disorders, or other medical problems. Typically, hyperhidrosis is a benign problem with no clear cause.
Areas that produce excessive sweat usually appear pink or white, but, in severe cases, may appear cracked, scaly, and soft (especially on the feet). Other symptoms may include a bad odor caused by bacteria and yeast in the wet skin.
Hyperhidrosis can lead to significant distress socially and in the workplace.
The symptoms of excessive sweating may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your doctor for a diagnosis.
Specific treatment for excessive sweating will be determined by your doctor, based on:
Treatment may involve topical, oral, surgical, or nonsurgical treatments, including:
The cause of hyperhidrosis can be serious. Please contact your doctor for a complete evaluation.
In addition, contact your health care provider immediately if you have excessive sweating:
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