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Hyperhidrosis (Latin name)

By Bjarne Lühr Hansen PhD, MD and Philipp Skafte-Holm MD, Mentor Institute

Increased sweating can be due to a variety of conditions and diseases. There are effective means available over the counter for the treatment of sweat in the hands and armpits. If you sweat all over your body and at night, contact your doctor.

Sweat is a normal reaction to physical activity or much heat. It is a way for the body to get rid of heat. Sweat - without such a normal explanation - may be due to various conditions or diseases. 

The most common conditions with increased sweating are menopause and nervousness. Menopausal women can be bothered by sweating due to hormone fluctuations. It is a state that disappears over a few years. Most people know about increased sweating in the palms or armpits if they are pressed. A group of patients sweat a lot in the armpits, feet and hands. It can be because they have particularly many and sensitive sweat glands or because they react strongly to stressed situations. 

Some diseases (diabetes, metabolic disorders, and lymphoma) may be manifested by increased sweating. In those cases, the patient sweats all over the body and many are bothered by increased sweating at night. Some patients sweat so strongly that it causes skin problems that get irritated. Some sweat so heavily that their clothes are destroyed. 

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What can you do?

If you sweat a lot in the palms and armpits, try a special soap (chlorhexidine) that removes the odour. You can also try a fluid that reduces the amount of sweat. Both funds can be purchased over the counter at the pharmacy.

Contact the doctor tomorrow

If the over-the-counter funds are not sufficient. The doctor may refer you to a dermatologist.

If you sweat a lot all over your body and if you especially sweat at night. The doctor will then examine you and take some blood tests.

Contact the doctor immediately

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