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Excessive Sweating

Alternate Names : Diaphoresis, Excessive Perspiration, Profuse Sweating

Excessive Sweating | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?

One expects to sweat a lot after strenuous exercise or when the weather is very hot. When someone has an abnormal amount of sweating that is not related to exercise or the weather, he or she should see a healthcare provider. The provider may ask the following:

  • How long has the sweating been going on?
  • When does the sweating occur? All day or only at night?
  • Is there a fever? Does the person feel sick?
  • Is there a family history of excessive sweating?
  • Is the person taking any medications or illegal drugs?
  • Does the sweating occur in only some areas of the body or all over?
  • Any other symptoms may be important as well. For example, unintended weight loss, headaches, cough, or chest pain are important symptoms that may point to a certain cause for the sweating.

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    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 06/06/01

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