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Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

What is excessive sweating?

Excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, can affect the entire body, but usually occurs in the palms, soles, armpits, and/or groin area. Excessive sweating is normal when a person is anxious or has a fever. However, when the condition is chronic, it may signal thyroid problems, low blood sugar, nervous system disorders, or other medical problems.

What are the symptoms of excessive sweating?

Areas that produce excessive sweat usually appear pink or white, but, in severe cases, may appear cracked, scaly, and soft (especially on the feet). Other symptoms may include a bad odor caused by bacteria and yeast in the wet skin.

The symptoms of excessive sweating may resemble other medical conditions. Always consult your physician for a diagnosis.

Treatment for excessive sweating

Specific treatment for excessive sweating will be determined by your physician, based on:

Treatment may involve topical, oral, surgical, or nonsurgical treatments, including:


The cause of hyperhidrosis can be serious. Please contact your physician for a complete evaluation.

In addition, contact your provider immediately if you have excessive sweating:

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