Sweat, or perspiration, is your body’s way of cooling down. Excessive sweating is a common complaint which often starts when you’re a child or teenager. Sometimes symptoms improve with age or it can usually be successfully treated.
Your armpits, feet, hands, face, groin or scalp are most likely to be affected by excessive sweating. Excess sweat in these areas of your body most often happens for no particular reason.
However, it can be triggered by certain foods, drinks and stressful situations.
Sometimes, frequent and excessive sweating all over your body can be a symptom of:
Less commonly it can be caused by:
If you’ve been sweating excessively and frequently at least once a week for six months or more, see your GP. You should also see your GP if:
Your GP will discuss your sweating and suggest ways to control excessive sweat. They’ll also ask about your general health and any family history of excessive sweating. They may arrange tests to check for any underlying reasons for your sweating and, if required, will arrange appropriate treatment.
Your GP may refer you to a consultant dermatologist, a specialist in skin conditions, for further assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
There are several ways you can help reduce or prevent excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Try:
If these suggestions don’t reduce your excessive sweating, your GP or consultant may recommend: