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Sweating - excessive
Alternative namesPerspiration - excessive; Diaphoresis; Increased sweating
DefinitionDiaphoresis is a medical term for profuse sweating. It can be normal (physiologic) -- brought on by physical activity, emotional response, or high environmental temperature -- or a symptom of an underlying disease (pathologic).
In most cases, sweating is perfectly natural, especially asa a result of exercise or hot tempereatures, or if something has happened to cause an emotional response (anger, embarrassment, nervousness, fear, or anxiety).
If sweating is accompanied by fever, weight loss, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, or palpitations, other physical causes should be considered.
Home CareAfter an episode of unusual sweating, the face and body should be sponged, wet clothes or bed sheets changed. Lost body fluids should be replaced by drinking plenty of water.
Room temperature should be kept moderate to prevent additional sweating.
For sweating due to menopause, ask your health care provider if estrogen replacement therapy is a viable option.
Call your health care provider if
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting excessive sweating in detail may include:
If identified, an underlying cause should be treated.
Update Date: 2/2/2004Tarun Jain, M.D., Endocrinology & Infertility Division, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT