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Excessive Sweating Overview

Another name for Excessive Sweating is Hyperhidrosis.

What is hyperhidrosis?
A person with hyperhidrosis sweats excessively. Sweating is normal when the body is exposed to a warm environment, because the evaporation of sweat from the skin surface cools the body. Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating that occurs when the body is not exposed to a warm environment. In young adults, the most common cause of hyperhidrosis is emotional stress. However, hyperhidrosis may also occur with other conditions, such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and shock.

What are the symptoms of hyperhidrosis?
The most common locations where hyperhidrosis occurs include the armpits, palms, soles of the feet, face, and the trunk.

How does the doctor treat hyperhidrosis?
Treatment for hyperhidrosis may include antiperspirants, anti-anxiety medication, botulism toxin injections, and surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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