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Should See a Doctor About Your Excessive Sweating

Updated on August 5, 2011

Everybody sweats. It’s a normal process handled by your body as a way to stay cool and avoid overheating. However, almost 3% of the population suffers from excessive sweating. In most cases, excessive sweating is not a medical issue, however sometimes it can be a sign of a much more serious underlying condition. Here is a guide to help you determine whether or not you need to see a doctor.

When You Should See A Doctor

Listed below are many of the signs and symptoms that should send you to the doctor to talk about your excessive sweating. These symptoms don’t necessarily mean there is an underlying medical cause for your sweating, but you should see your doctor and let them make that evaluation.

Sweating that seems to be more specific should send you to your doctor. This can include sweating that only occurs in specific places (hands, feet, underarms, heat, etc) as well as sweating that is limited to just one side of your body.

Sweating that changes is another reason you should contact your doctor. This includes sweating that has suddenly become much worse, sweating that starts later in life or when it starts soon after you have begun using a new type of medication.

You should also also see a doctor if your sweating is accompanied by other things like a cough, insomnia, fatigue or increased thirst.

Personal Reasons to See a Doctor

There are many medical related reasons that should tell you that you need to see a doctor about your problems with excessive sweating. However, that doesn’t mean that those are the only cases when you need to visit your family physician.

Anytime it has a negative impact on your life, you should make an appointment with your doctor. If you have to change your shirts several times per day, are afraid to lift your arms at work or always concerned with keeping the air flowing under your arms, you should talk to your doctor.

There may not be a medical reason for your sweating, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t an important problem for you. You should visit your doctor and work together to see if you can find a way to treat the problem. If you determine that problem can’t be treated, you can at least work with your doctor to find a way to manage the symptoms so that they don’t continue to have such a negative impact on your everyday life.

Questions To Ask Your Doctor

When you make the decision to see a doctor about your excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), you should be prepared for the appointment so you can get the most benefit from it.

A standard rule for doctor visits is to have a complete list of medications you are currently taking and this is especially true when you are dealing with sweating issues.

Many different types of medications can cause excessive sweating so your cure may just be switching medications.

You should also have a list of questions ready to ask the doctor. Most people get confused and lose track of their questions when speaking with a doctor, so writing down a list of questions will make sure you get all of them answered.

Questions that should be included on your list include whether your condition could be caused by something more serious, what treatments are available and what the pros and cons are of each treatment. Another important question to ask is whether there are self help treatments that may help your situation.


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