ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Two Main Types of Excessive Sweating

Updated on August 5, 2011

Are you one of those people who have always had to wipe off your hands before you shake someone's hand? Do you always have to be aware of what your shirt looks like under your arms before you lift them in public? If you can relate to either of these things, you're not alone.

When Is Your Sweating Excessive?

It can be difficult to determine when sweating a lot crosses the line into sweating too much. Sweating is a normal reaction of your body when it's working harder and it needs to cool down a little bit. Coupled with that is the fact that everyone is different. Some people just naturally sweat more than others do, just like some people are have a higher tolerance for spicy food or are shy when meeting strangers. People are all different and they all have different sweat patterns. That makes it more difficult to determine when your sweating is becoming excessive.

The best way to define excessive sweating is by comparing the level of sweating to what is required by the body under similar circumstances. If you are sweating a great deal while watching a movie and there is no stress, the temperature isn't too hot and you're not anxious about anything, it is considered excessive.

Localized Sweating

Primary focal hyperhidrosis is one type of excessive sweating and up to 3% of the population suffers from this condition. This is the type of sweating that has no known cause. There are no medical conditions or drug interactions causing this and the people who suffer from the condition are considered to be healthy.

It is easy to identify this type of sweating because it typically is only seen at specific body parts. Localized sweating tends to occur on both sides of the body and is typically seen in the underarm areas, however it can also occur on the face, hands, head or feet.

The primary school of thought is that localized sweating is caused by a minor problem with the nervous system, although this has not been medically proven.

This type of sweating isn’t a medical problem and it won’t cause any additional health problems. However, this is sometimes a small consolation for those people who feel that they have to alter their lives to deal with their excessive sweating problems.

Generalized Sweating

Secondary general hyperhidrosis is the type of excessive sweating that occurs all over the body, it is not just located in specific places. This type of sweating is much more serious than localized sweating because it is usually caused by some kind of medical problem that can be much more serious.

One of the key symptoms of generalized sweating is that it frequently occurs at night.

There are many different medical conditions that can cause secondary general hyperhidrosis and they can be quite serious. Some of these include pregnancy, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, menopause, thyroid problems, rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, diabetes and stoke.

Another cause of this type of sweating can be certain medications. Having this specific reaction depends upon the specific person and how they relate to the specific type of medication. Some of the following types of medications are known to have excessive sweating as a side effect: antibiotics, psychiatric medications, supplements and medication for high blood pressure or dry mouth.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)