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What causes excessive sweating?

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Posted on Wed, 25 Nov 2015
Question: what would cause excessive sweating [ 3+] dresses / day , lasting now for 2 weeks ? my friend is in an a/c

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Answered by Dr. Shafi Ullah Khan (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Excessiv sweating needs work up and management accordingly.

Detailed Answer:
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I read your question and i understand your concern. Excessive sweating AKA hyperhidrosis is a wide array of manifestation to many etiologies underlying and need a lot of work up to reach one. Although any site on the body can be affected by hyperhidrosis, the sites most commonly affected are the palms, soles, and axillae. Hyperhidrosis may be idiopathic or secondary to other diseases, metabolic disorders, febrile illnesses, or medication use. Hyperhidrosis exists in 3 forms: emotionally induced hyperhidrosis (in which it affects the palms, soles, and axillae, localized hyperhidrosis, and generalized hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis often causes great emotional distress and occupational disability regardless of the form and it needs to be sorted out.
Your doctor will likely do the following lab work to sort out the roots for this excessive sweating
1)Thyroid function tests may reveal underlying hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis.
2)Blood glucose levels may reveal diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia.
3)Urinary catecholamines may reveal a possible pheochromocytoma.
4)Uric acid levels may reveal gout.
5)A purified protein derivative (PPD) test can be performed to screen for tuberculosis.
6)Chest radiography may be used to rule out tuberculosis or a neoplastic cause of the hyperhidrosis.
Apart from that there is a long list of medications that can cause that too. Let your endocrinologist sort it out for you.

I hope it helps. take good care of yourself and dont forget to close the discussion please.

Regards
Khan
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What causes excessive sweating?

Brief Answer: Excessiv sweating needs work up and management accordingly. Detailed Answer: Thank you for asking I read your question and i understand your concern. Excessive sweating AKA hyperhidrosis is a wide array of manifestation to many etiologies underlying and need a lot of work up to reach one. Although any site on the body can be affected by hyperhidrosis, the sites most commonly affected are the palms, soles, and axillae. Hyperhidrosis may be idiopathic or secondary to other diseases, metabolic disorders, febrile illnesses, or medication use. Hyperhidrosis exists in 3 forms: emotionally induced hyperhidrosis (in which it affects the palms, soles, and axillae, localized hyperhidrosis, and generalized hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis often causes great emotional distress and occupational disability regardless of the form and it needs to be sorted out. Your doctor will likely do the following lab work to sort out the roots for this excessive sweating 1)Thyroid function tests may reveal underlying hyperthyroidism or thyrotoxicosis. 2)Blood glucose levels may reveal diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia. 3)Urinary catecholamines may reveal a possible pheochromocytoma. 4)Uric acid levels may reveal gout. 5)A purified protein derivative (PPD) test can be performed to screen for tuberculosis. 6)Chest radiography may be used to rule out tuberculosis or a neoplastic cause of the hyperhidrosis. Apart from that there is a long list of medications that can cause that too. Let your endocrinologist sort it out for you. I hope it helps. take good care of yourself and dont forget to close the discussion please. Regards Khan