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Sweating is a mechanism by which the body cools itself. It is a very important mechanism because without it, we would heat up and our bodies will fail. However, some people’s sweat glands tend to over-secrete and can lead to negative emotional and psychological effects.
My question is, is there really a quantifiable measure to how one sweats?
The answer is, it is quite subjective. However, when a person says they sweat too much, then it is most likely true.
It is one thing acknowledging it and another seeking Medical help for it. Most people find it embarrassing, so they don’t feel comfortable talking about it.
The good news is there are very effective methods in tackling this problem. However, the reasonable first step is to know what caused it.
There are two classifications for excessive sweating(The medical term for it is hyperhidrosis)
Sweating is seen on certain areas such as the palms, soles, armpits and forehead in times of anxiety, fear, anger, stress. In people with hyperhidrosis, sweating excessively may be seen on these parts of the body even at rest.
Sweating around the lips and mouth occurs when eating spicy food.
In this case, Sweating is Seen on most of the body and there are several causes of this form.
Some of the causes could be
Diseases that cause hormonal imbalance most likely end up with malfunctioning of the sweat glands, thereby regulation of body temperature. Examples of these are Hyperthyroidism , hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) , menopause.
Although medications are designed for cure , they always have one or more negative effects.drugs like Antidepressants, aspirin may cause generalised sweating as a side effect.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease where the content of secretions such as body sweat is not proportional. Therefore, the secretions are thick. It requires lifelong management .
People usually complain of excessive night sweats in these cases.
A common and reliable test done at the Dermatology clinic is the Iodine and starch test. Iodine is applied to the affected area e.g Armpits , it is then allowed to dry and starch is rubbed afterwards. Hyperhidrosis is confirmed if the area turns blue.
Generalised Hyperhidrosis due to other causes are detected by careful review of the person’s complaints and further examinations are carried out.
The treatments below are carried out in the clinic .
Source: The Merck manual
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