11 January, 2010

How Much Sweating is Too Much?

Sweat, as stinky and uncomfortable as it can be, is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to cool the body. But excessive sweating can pose problems in your social life and relationships, and perhaps even to your emotional health.

What is excessive sweating?

-- also called hyperhidrosis, that you sweat far more than your body needs to sweat. Sweating without a need for it is another sign of abnormal sweating. Those excessive sweating of the feet may produce so much sweat they are sliding out of their shoes. Most often, no cause of excessive sweating can be found. Doctors call it Idiopathic -- meaning the cause is unknown or obscure. However, there may be genetic influences. Another factor of excessive sweating is underlying medical conditions and medicines.

How Is Excessive Sweating Diagnosed?

It's important to keep in mind that most people who sweat heavily are normal, and not sick. If you are worried, and decide to see a doctor, most specialists will take a careful medical history.

Among the questions you can expect:

    * Do you sweat excessively from certain small areas of your body or all over?
    * When do you notice yourself sweating? Can you describe the situation?
    * What medications are you taking regularly?
    * Have you recently started taking new medications?
    * Have you had any surgeries recently?
    * Are you going through menopause?
    * Do you have family members who complain of excessive sweating?

If the doctor determines that your sweating is "idiopathic," and has no known cause, you can still treat the problem if you wish. Treatments range from simple home remedies such as showering more frequently to medications or surgery such as sweat gland removal.

"It's no big deal." But, It's important to see a doctor.



 Effects:
There's an impact in excessive sweating  in patient's lives. Like,  teenagers who will not raise their hands in class, fearing their underarm area will be excessively and embarrassingly wet.

Quality of life is affected in older patients too. It can affect business relationships . People are embarrassed to shake hands.

So don't sweat about the problem. Instead, talk to an expert. Remember, sweating is a good thing. But too much of a good thing can become a big problem.

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