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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 treatments for the condition?

People need to increase their fluid and salt intake when they have excessive sweating. The fluid and salt may need to be given through a tube in the veins in severe cases or if persons cannot drink fluids on their own. Other treatments are directed at the cause of the sweating.

  • Persons with infections may need antibiotics.
  • Persons with high thyroid hormone levels may need medication to control their thyroid levels.
  • Persons with cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
  • Persons who have had a stroke may need physical therapy to be able to walk or talk again.
  • What are the side effects of the treatments?

    Side effects depend on the treatments used. All medications have possible side effects. For example, antibiotics may cause allergic reactions and stomach upset. Specific side effects depend on the medications used. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection.

    What happens after treatment for the condition?

    What happens after treatment depends on what is causing the excessive sweating. If the cause is "fixed" or reversed, no further treatment may be needed. This often occurs after an infection, such as pneumonia, is treated with antibiotics. People who have had a stroke may need lifelong medical and nursing care. Those with cancer may die if treatment is unsuccessful.

    How is the condition monitored?

    The person can monitor their sweating at home. Other monitoring depends on the cause. For example, those with a heart attack may need close monitoring in the intensive care unit for several days.

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

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