Let’s address the more serious potential underlying causes of excessive sweating, which could include thyroid issues, a diabetes-induced blood sugar imbalance, extreme fever, or any other number of serious conditions. Now, the good news for people who tend to anxiously self-diagnose is that it’s very unlikely excessive sweating would be the only symptom you’d experience, but if you’re experiencing high fever, nausea, chills, lightheadedness, or chest pain along with sweating, please stop reading this blog and see a doctor to be sure the cause isn’t something immediate and/or life-threatening. And even if you don’t have any of those other co-symptoms, if your sweating is suddenly much heavier than ever before, or only occurring in your sleep, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor about those issues too.
Now that we’ve gotten any potential emergencies out of the way, a little background on the less dangerous form of hyperhidrosis, also known as primary hyperhidrosis- in other words, hyperhidrosis that’s not caused by a more serious condition. Primary hyperhidrosis tends to occur in localized areas under the arms, in the groin, on the face, and/or on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet- the areas where human beings have the most sweat glands. While triggers can include anxiety and excitement (in addition to the same heat and overexertion factors that cause sweating in just about everyone), the condition is still not completely medically understood.