A Cure for Excessive Sweating
Hyperhidrosis, also known as excessive sweating, is a medical condition. There is no single cause of it, because it is not a disease. It can be a symptom of another medical condition such as a disorder of the nerves. For some people, there may be no explainable cause for their excessive sweating, and they may be considered to have a medical condition known as essential (idiopathic or primary) hyperhidrosis.
This may be due to over activity of the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands in the skin, the sympathetic nervous system. Sometimes this idiopathic form of hyperhidrosis can be genetically transmitted, and it often runs in families; this form may first show up in early childhood. Other people may have sweating as a symptom of known medical conditions, such as an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism), from nerve damage due to diabetes (autonomic dysfunction) or spinal cord injuries, with psychiatric disorders such as panic attacks or anxiety disorders, or even due to the hot flashes associated with menopause.
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