While people usually complain about sweating in armpits, hands, feet, or head, there are also many others who experience abnormal sweating everywhere. This type of abnormal perspiration is bothering not only due to a few wet stains on the clothing, but it makes people complete drenched and feeling extremely uncomfortable. Excessive sweating on the whole body affects the chest, back, armpits, head, groin and hands, and feet as well. There are several possible causes of this condition, and we are going to talk about them in this article as well as we outline some treatment possibilities.
Excessive Sweating Everywhere vs. Local Sweating
The areas where you do sweat the most are for dermatologists probably the first hint for diagnosis. Regular increased sweating that affects only hands, feet, underarms, or head point out to primary hyperhidrosis. Primary, because there is no other health condition that triggers sweating. This topical sweating is an inherent predisposition, and all types of treatment don’t actually heal it but mitigate the symptoms by blocking the activity of sweat glands. People suffering from primary hyperhidrosis sweat more in certain areas even while doing a common daily activities.
When we are talking about sweating across the entire body, we need to recognize how sweating occurs. Sweaty chest or back can still be considered as primary hyperhidrosis when the other parts of the body are relatively dry. But when increased sweat level is apparent in most parts of the body, and it usually occurs at night, it is a typical sign of secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
About Secondary Generalized Hyperhidrosis
Unlike the primary hyperhidrosis, secondary generalized hyperhidrosis (medically, also known as diaphoresis) is an excessive sweating that is caused by some other health condition, disease or by certain medicaments. This type of sweating is a response of an organism to some disorder. Those with this diagnosis usually experience night sweats when they wake up in the morning sweaty on the whole body. For better understanding these two types of excessive sweating, we designed this infographic:
Causes of Excessive Sweating All Around The Body
As you can see in the infographics, there are many possible reasons behind excessive sweating on the whole body. There are also some causes of excessive sweating specific for men and women. Many women experience heavy sweating at night related to hormonal changes in the first week and last few days of the menstrual cycle and in the period of menopause and perimenopause. We dedicated one article to this topic: How to Stop Night Sweats in Women? Increased perspiration due to low level of testosterone can usually occur in men after the age of 40. Read more about night sweats in men here.
You can also find more other information about the most common causes of sweating on the whole body in the article 14 Illnesses that cause sweating.
How Can I Recognize if I Have Secondary Hyperhidrosis?
Level of sweating varies from person to person. Several factors (gender, age, physical and psychical condition, origin, physique) affects how much and how fast we do sweat. It means two different healthy people can sweat differently. Due to this fact, it is tricky to recognize what level of sweating we can consider being excessive. But there are some symptoms that point out secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
- You sweat on the whole body on large areas of the body
- You sweat profusely at night (night sweats) or while eating (gustatory sweating)
- No one else in your family has a problem with heavy sweating
- Your excessive sweating didn’t start before the age of 25
- You suffer from some disease or condition causing increased perspiration (check the infographics)
When to Visit a Doctor?
Well, if the criteria mentioned above fits on you, the best you can do is visit a doctor. He/she can look into your medical history and make some tests (Starch-iodine test, Filter paper test, Laboratory blood tests). These tests should be made to reveal the main reason behind your sweating. After finding the cause of excessive sweating, he/she can suggest proper treatment.
How to Treat Sweating on The Whole Body?
There are many available and effective treatments for profuse sweating, but most of them are designed for topical use. It means if you use, for example, an antiperspirant for your armpits, or iontophoresis device for your feet, you will still sweat everywhere else. Anyway, it can bring some relief to you. But if you want to stop sweating all around the body, you should:
- Define the cause behind your sweating that should be a disease or a condition
- If some illness causes your abnormal sweating, try to treat the disease
- If your sweating is caused by taking some medicaments, ask a doctor for an alternative drug
- Women experiencing night sweats in menopause or pregnancy can feel better by using proper bedding and applying some topical treatment. If you take some medicine, ask a pharmacist if the medicine has sweating between possible side effects.
We need to say that probably no available treatment won’t heal the sweating itself! What all treatments do is that they affect sweat glands and force them to produce less or no sweat. As we said before, perspiration hangs on many factors. Your lifestyle and food can also dramatically affect how you sweat (in the long run). If you are interested in how to stop sweating naturally, a holistic method from a nutrition specialist Miles Dawson can be helpful. In his E-book called Sweat Miracle, you will find many practical tips on what to do and eat to sweat less. Check Sweat Miracle now.