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Reasons for Excessive Sweating and How to Treat It

Sweating is an extremely common phenomenon that nearly everyone deals with to some degree. Most people notice higher amounts of sweat when they’re exercising vigorously, out in the sun on a hot day, or stuck in a particularly anxiety-inducing situation. However, some people experience high amounts of sweat performing even the most mundane day-to-day tasks and interactions. 

Excessive sweating can be a huge inconvenience and can even affect your self-confidence in social situations. However, understanding why excessive sweating happens can help you find ways to treat it, such as the use of antiperspirants or procedures like MiraDry.

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Though sweating can seem inconvenient and undesirable, it’s actually the body’s defense mechanism against overheating. The liquid secreted during perspiration is meant to cool the body down as it evaporates naturally. Truthfully, this process is actually quite useful for lowering body temperature so long as you stay properly hydrated.

However, perspiration can kick in at inappropriate times for some, leaving them excessively sweaty and uncomfortable for seemingly no reason. This is typically referred to as hyperhidrosis. If you often find yourself in this situation, here are some of the common causes.


A variety of illnesses can bring on hyperhidrosis at varying levels. For example, any medical condition that creates hormonal shifts could be the cause of excessive sweating. This includes hyper and hypothyroidism as well as pregnancy and menopause. Other health conditions like Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and even lymphoma have also been known to cause hyperhidrosis as a symptom. 

If you experience heavy sweating regularly and don’t suffer from any medical conditions, it’s important to visit the doctor immediately as your hyperhidrosis may be an early sign of a deeper issue.

Diet and Medications

Most people are aware that consuming spicy food can cause sweating. Additionally, foods that are hot in temperature, hot beverages like coffee and tea, caffeinated beverages, and alcohol can all potentially cause heavy sweating in certain people depending on the amount and pace of consumption. 

Other typical catalysts when it comes to hyperhidrosis are certain medications such as synthetic hormones for thyroid issues, high-level painkillers, and fever reducers.


Excessive sweating caused by outside sources is referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis. This excludes primary hyperhidrosis, which is simply a genetic condition that causes increased perspiration on a regular basis, typically around the hands, feet, head, and underarms. 

The condition doesn’t usually increase body odor but rather causes the eccrine sweat glands to become hyperactive, creating excessive moisture that can be extremely uncomfortable.

MiraDry: The Answer to Excessive Sweating

If you suffer from secondary or primary hyperhidrosis, you’re most likely on the lookout for a way to reduce your sweat levels. MiraDry is a state-of-the-art procedure designed to eliminate overproducing sweat glands, therefore keeping your excessive sweating under control. MiraDry also works great in tandem with other hyperhidrosis treatments such as antiperspirant.

Excess sweating can be difficult to treat, but MiraDry can make a huge difference in your typical perspiration patterns, keeping you comfortable and dry throughout your day. Want to learn more? Contact Metropolitan Vein & Aesthetic Center today.

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