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3 Reasons For Your Excessive Sweat


Sweating is common for males and females of all ages, but when it becomes excessive, it can cause irritation and embarrassment. There are a few different reasons you may be sweating excessively, but thankfully there are ways to combat it. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help diagnose and treat you for excessive sweating.


What to Know About Excessive Sweat

Excessive Sweating Causes

Excessive sweating is irritating and embarrassing, but can be a sign of something more serious. A dermatologist can let you know if it is a common amount of sweat or from an underlying cause. Underlying causes can include thyroid issues, diabetes, or an infection, which should each be taken seriously and get diagnosed.


When the thyroid gland is overactive (hyperthyroidism), it can result in excessive sweating among other symptoms. The thyroid gland is in the front of your neck. It releases hormones and other body functions. When it is overactive, the body sweats more, your heartbeat may become more rapid, you may experience sleep problems and other symptoms may appear. This is a common cause of excessive sweating that should be diagnosed by a professional.


Another common cause of excessive sweating is diabetes. When your blood glucose drops too low, your body produces extra adrenaline, causing you to sweat more. Once your glucose level returns to normal, the sweating often stops. If you are sweating excessively and are not sure why, diabetes may be the cause.

Other Underlying Conditions

Lastly, sweating can be caused from an infection, fever, obesity, and other underlying conditions. If you are unsure as to why you are sweating excessively, it is important to see a dermatologist. The dermatologist can examine your symptoms and pinpoint the cause. Once the cause is determined, the appropriate treatment can be put in place to help resolve the issue.


Excessive Sweating Treatment

Treatment options for those that sweat excessively include antiperspirants, iontophoresis, medications, Botox and surgery. Normal antiperspirants unfortunately do not combat excessive sweat. Special prescription-strength antiperspirants can be given to help stop excessive sweat. Iontophoresis is a treatment that uses low-level electrical impulses to disable the sweat glands and prevent excessive sweating. Medications can also disable sweat glands and prevent excessive sweating. Additionally, the use of Botox can help too. It can be injected into the underarms or other areas prone to excessive sweating and will stop the nerves from triggering excessive sweat. Lastly, surgical removal of sweat glands can help stop excessive sweating.

Treatment for excessive sweating is based on the underlying cause of the excessive sweating. The only way to know the underlying cause and the appropriate treatment is to meet with a dermatologist for a diagnosis and then you can be given an appropriate treatment option.

Contact Us for Treatment

If you are excessively sweating and are looking for a reason why and a treatment to help combat it, the dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help. If you are located in Bloomington, Illinois or the surrounding area, fill out this form to get in contact with a dermatologist.

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