6 Causes Of Hyperhidrosis

The body is already structured to sweat and the nervous system automatically triggers the sweat glands to produce sweats when the body temperature rises. At other times, it might not be due to a temperature rise but it does normally occur on the palms of the hand and soles of the feet.

Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweat. It occurs when the nerves that trigger the sweat gland becomes overactive and triggers sweating even when it is not required by the body.

In cases of stress and nervousness, the condition becomes even worse.

Hyperhidrosis can however be divided into two: primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis affects the palms, soles, face, and underarm. It could also be hereditary and is not associated with any underlying causes.

Secondary hyperhidrosis is likely to cause sweating all over the body and is associated with underlying causes. If the cause of hyperhidrosis is known, it is secondary.

We’ll be sharing below, some underlying causes of secondary hyperhidrosis.

1. Diabetes                                                                                                            diabetes sugar

Diabetes is characterized by an increased blood sugar level. Due to this, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) becomes less effective and stimulates the sweat glands to work above normal. This would make the person in subject to sweat excessively.

2. Psychological disorder                                                                                     psychological disoder

Psychological disorder can also cause hyperhidrosis and the body will be open to a lot of stress. It is often seen in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) and other psychological disorders.

3. Certain medication                                                                                                                                                                  Medication

Certain kinds of medication are known to cause hyperhidrosis, as they get to trigger the sweat glands to produce more sweat. Most times, this reaction is triggered in order to balance the body temperature and at other times, it might simply be the individual reacting to such drugs.

4. Menopause                                                                                                                                                                                   menopuse

Menopause is the termination of the menstrual cycle that occurs in females of about age 50. One of the symptoms associated with it is excessive sweating. It occurs due to the changes in estrogen levels and causes intense heat to the chest, neck, and head, which make the female to sweat profusely, even under normal conditions. It mostly occurs at nights.

5. Nervous system disorder                                                                                                                                                               nervous system

When an individual has a disorder in the nervous system, the very first symptom is usually hyperhidrosis. The affected nervous system would also disrupt the effectiveness of the sweat glands. Such individuals would therefore be required to sweat more than normal.

6. Heart attack                                                                                                                                                                                    heart attack

Hyperhidrosis can also be caused by heart attack. When there is so much pressure on the heart, the sweat glands will be triggered, due to the force already exerted on it and as a result, cause hyperhidrosis.


Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes a significant amount of discomfort and affects one’s health and well being. It can be prevented/treated by different means such as using antiperspirants to reduce sweat in the armpit, or taking anti-cholinergic drugs to act against it, wearing clothes that are made of cotton or silk, and etc. If it is not treated as soon as possible, it could lead to other health risks.

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