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11 Reasons You May Be Sweating Excessively.

Hyperhidrosis, also called polyhidrosis or seborrhea, is a condition characterized by too much sweating. The sweating can affect just an area or the whole body.

Although not life-threatening, it can be uncomfortable and lead to embarrassment and psychological trauma.

According to Cleveland Clinic, sweating is how your body gets cool when it becomes too hot (when you are exercising, sick or nervous). Nerves notify your sweat glands to begin working. In hyperhidrosis, specific sweat glands work overtime for no apparent reason, creating sweat that you don’t need.

Some causes of excessive sweat include:

1. Certain odours and foods, such as citric acid, coffee, chocolate, peanut butter and spices.

2. Emotional stress, mostly anxiety.

3. Heat.

4. Spinal cord injury.

5. Dysautonomia, which is also known as autonomic dysfunction.

6. Heat, humidity and exercise.

7. Infections, like tuberculosis.

8. Malignancies, like Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymphatic system).

9. Menopause.

10. Metabolic diseases and disorders, such as hyperthyroidism, diabetes, low blood sugar, a benign tumour in the adrenal glands, gout and pituitary disease.

11. Severe psychological stress.

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