Sweating Too Much? Here’s Why and How to Fix It

Sweating is a natural and healthy part of life. When you exercise or get hot, your body cools itself down by producing sweat. But if you regularly find yourself sweating through your clothes for no apparent reason, your sweating problem might be more serious.

How do you know if you’re sweating too much? And what can you do to fix it?

How to Tell If You’re Sweating Too Much

Several factors influence how much people sweat including genetics, gender and fitness level. But if you find yourself sweating constantly, you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.

There are two types of hyperhidrosis — primary and secondary. Primary hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes you to sweat up to five times the amount required to control your body temperature. It usually affects a specific part of your body, such as your armpits, head, feet or hands.

Not sure if you have hyperhidrosis or not? Check out these 12 signs your armpit sweat isn’t normal.

Secondary hyperhidrosis causes you to sweat excessively all over your body. It's usually a side effect of another medical condition or medication. People with secondary hyperhidrosis are also more likely to sweat while sleeping.

Excessive Sweat Causes

If you know you’re sweating too much, it’s important to figure out the root of the cause to find the appropriate solution. Here are a few reasons you could be sweating excessively.

Hereditary Condition

Primary hyperhidrosis is often hereditary. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes primary hyperhidrosis, but evidence shows that people are more likely to have this condition if it runs in the family. Most people start seeing symptoms during puberty or childhood.

Certain Medications

Several types of prescription and over-the-counter medications cause secondary hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating is a common side effect of certain antidepressants, including Norpramin, Pamelor and Protriptyline.

People who take Pilocarpine for dry mouth, iron supplements or zinc supplements can also experience excessive sweating.

Diabetes

Excessive sweating is also linked to low blood glucose levels. When your blood sugar plummets, it triggers a “fight or flight” response in your body. Your body produces more norepinephrine and adrenaline, which can lead to heavy sweating.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid creates too much T4, T3 or both. High amounts of T4 and T3 send your body into a hypermetabolic state, which causes your heart rate and blood pressure elevate and makes you sweat more.

Obesity

People with higher body mass also tend to sweat more. Fat insulates the body and raises its core temperature. When your body temperature is higher, your body sweats more to cool itself down.

Other conditions that can cause secondary hyperhidrosis include menopause, heart disease and adrenal gland disorders. If you think you might have secondary hyperhidrosis, it’s best to speak with your doctor to identify the condition that is causing you to sweat.

How to Sweat Less

Continually stressing over sweat marks is a daily struggle for people with hyperhidrosis. It can interfere with your quality of life at work, at home and in your relationships.

While no cure exists for primary hyperhidrosis, some solutions can minimize the effects. If you’re tired of sweating too much, here are some remedies you can try today:

Check out our complete list of axillary hyperhidrosis treatments.

Hyperhidrosis can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition. But you don’t have to let excessive sweating control your life.

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