When & Why You Should Be Concerned With Your Sweat

When it is as hot as it is outside during the summer months, sweating is common and unavoidable. However, sometimes unusual sweating can be a sign of a bigger health problem. Keep these issues on your radar if you think you sweat more than you should.

Possible Heatstroke

If you are outside in the heat and suddenly realize you feel dizzy and have stopped sweating, you might be headed for heatstroke. This inability to sweat is called Anhidrosis. It prevents your body from cooling off; so it can be very dangerous and lead to heat exhaustion or heatstroke. You need to re-hydrate by drinking something cool that does not contain caffeine or alcohol and get to a shady or air-conditioned area. If you don't quickly improve, seek emergency medical assistance.

On a regular day, not counting your workout, most people produce about an ounce and a half of sweat. Talk to your doctor if you notice a real drop in your amount of daily sweat.

Low Blood Sugar

Strenuous exercise or diabetes are often the reason for low blood sugar levels. Symptoms of low levels will show as extreme sweating, cold or clammy skin, and often present themselves on the back of your neck along the hairline. Other symptoms can be fast heartbeat, dizziness, shakiness, nausea, or blurred vision. Usually a little dip into low blood sugar levels can be turned around by eating or drinking something. If this doesn't get rid of the symptoms, or these symptoms happen often, more serious symptoms may appear and require medical assistance.

Hyperhidrosis

If your excessive sweating isn't a symptom of another problem, it might be its own condition called hyperhidrosis. Sweating more at the gym doesn't mean you have this condition. It means you have so much sweating that it interferes with daily life. Pariser, secretary and founding member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society says, “people with primary hyperhidrosis sweat at times when they shouldn't.” Sitting still in a cool room won't even turn off the sweating hands.

This condition seems to be hereditary and the result of sweat glands that are stimulated too much by certain nerves. Treatment includes applying prescription-strength antiperspirant anywhere the sweating occurs, even on the hands and feet.

Lymphoma

Excessive sweating can be a side effect of several health conditions such as gout, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson's disease, or various medications. It can also be a symptom of immune system diseases like lymphoma or cancer of the lymph cells. The never-ending sweating might be the body responding to lymphoma itself, or the attempt to cool the fever that accompanies aggressive lymphoma. The UK Lymphoma Association suggests that the sweating might be caused by hormones and proteins that are produced by cancer cells.

Sweating is a normal part of life, but if you don’t think you sweat enough or sweat too much, bring it up with your doctor.

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