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Causes of Excessive Sweating

Secondary Hyperhidrosis Causes

Sweating from secondary hyperhidrosis is different from primary hyperhidrosis in that it tends to happen all over or in one general area instead of on the hands, underarms, face, or feet. Unlike primary hyperhidrosis, this type is more likely to cause sweating during sleep.

And in this case, there is something that’s causing hyperhidrosis: a medical condition or a medication.

A number of medical conditions have the potential to cause hyperhidrosis. Some of them include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diabetes
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Menopause
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lymphoma
  • Gout
  • Infection

Uncovering the underlying condition and getting the proper treatment for it will help decrease the sweating of secondary hyperhidrosis. That’s why it’s best to tell your doctor when you’re having a problem with sweating, so that you can uncover the reasons behind it and get it treated.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on June 28, 2013

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