Excessive Sweating Symptoms: Are You Experiencing Hyperhidrosis?
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Excessive Sweating Symptoms: Are You Experiencing Hyperhidrosis?

Everyone sweats at some point within the day. But when should you start looking out for excessive sweating symptoms?

If you feel like you are sweating more than usual, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a common body disorder characterized by too much sweat in underarms, face, palms, or soles of the feet. Although it’s not dangerous, it can be embarrassing. It can also lead to a decrease in confidence and self-esteem.

Curious to know to know more about this condition? Here are excessive sweating symptoms that point to hyperhidrosis.

excessive sweating symptoms

Sweating becomes uncontrollable.

One of the most obvious excessive sweating symptoms is when you sweat more than the normal amount. It happens to the point that it’s getting harder to manage.

On average, people sweat up to one liter a day. Those who sweat too much, on the other hand, can sweat up to five times more. This is because their body’s cooling mechanism may be on overdrive.

When the amount you sweat does not match the physical effort that you are exerting, that’s one of the symptoms for excessive sweating.

You might perspire even if there are no environmental triggers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re just sitting in the office or watching TV on your sofa. You’re still drenched with sweat.

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You experience weird sweating patterns.

Another thing to consider is your sweating pattern.

Sometimes, you experience generalized sweating. This happens when you’re sweating all over the body.

But at other times, you only have asymmetrical sweating. It’s when you only sweat excessively on one side of your body.

weird sweating pattern

You get night sweats.

You might experience uncomfortable night sweats, which can disrupt your sleeping pattern. It can lead you to wake you up in the middle of the night in damp sheets.

But other than hyperhidrosis, some conditions may also cause night sweats. For instance, excessive sweating at night may be a side effect of menopause. Certain medications can also cause night sweats, like steroids, antidepressants, and pain relievers.

Talk to your doctor first because cutting them completely, as that may produce unwanted side effects.

Your hot flashes may also be an early sign of infection or even cancer. It’s best to consult a doctor to diagnose and start treatment as soon as possible.

excessive sweating at night

Worrying about excessive sweating symptoms already impacts your life.

Does sweating make you panic?
That means excessive sweating has taken ahold of your day-to-day life.

The everyday struggle with sweating can affect your everyday lifestyle choices. You stay away from fabrics like satin or silk because they’re too hot. Because you’re afraid of body odor, you also shy away from social interactions. You try so hard to hide your sweat and you have lower self-esteem because of it.

Not only will excessive sweating have a physical effect on you, but it may also impact you emotionally.

excessive sweat embarrassment

Usual remedies no longer work.

Normal people bothered by their sweaty armpits often just grab a towel and put some antiperspirant on. But if you have hyperhidrosis, these quick fixes are no longer as effective.

Instead of employing the usual remedies, you now have to get out of your way to control sweating. You might need to go to the doctor and get a prescription antiperspirant.

Sometimes, you even have to resort to medications to block certain nerves that contribute to your hyperhidrosis. An example of such drug is QBREXZA, an FDA-approved drug manufactured by Dermira that can topically treat hyperhidrosis of the underarms.


You might also need to try more high-end treatments, like miraDry and Botox injections. In worst cases, you might need to get hyperhidrosis surgery.

There are serious consequences to your excessive sweating.

Although sweating is extremely uncomfortable, it doesn’t cause harm in general. But when you sweat too much, you may not notice that it’s already putting you at physical risk.

For example, too much palmar sweating can cause you to lose control of the steering wheel while driving, putting your life in danger. There are even stories of babies slipping from their moms’ sweaty grasp, or moms failing to grip their children while crossing the street.

Those with hyperhidrosis of the feet can’t even walk barefoot. Their wet, sweaty feet might cause them to slip and fall.

palmar sweating driving

If you can identify with these problems, then it’s time to do something about your sweating problem. Putting yourself or others at risk should prompt you to look for ways to treat hyperhidrosis.

miraDry is an FDA-approved hyperhidrosis treatment that serves as one of your options. It uses microwave energy to target and destroy sweat glands in the armpit, minimizing sweating. Many miraDry patients report feeling a better quality of life after just one or two sessions.

miraDry treatment

If you’re interested in getting miraDry treatments for your sweaty armpits, schedule a Free Consultation with our double board-certified plastic surgeon here in Face+Body Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr Nick N Masri MD FACS

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