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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Excessive Sweating)

 

Causes

Primary hyperhidrosis may be triggered by:
  • High emotional states (such as intense sadness, fear, anger, or stress)
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot climates
  • Certain medicines:
    • Fever-lowering medicines
    • Insulin
    • Meperidine
    • Emetics (vomit-inducing medicines)
    • Alcohol
    • Pilocarpine
Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by conditions such as:
  • Menopause
  • Fever
  • Infection
  • Cancer, such as lymphoma
  • Thyroid disease
  • Acromegaly or anterior pituitary tumor
  • Hypothalamic disorders
  • Adrenal tumor
  • Parkinsons disease
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Certain medicines:
    • Fever-lowering medicines
    • Insulin
    • Antidepressants
    • Meperidine
    • Emetics (vomit-inducing medicines)
    • Alcohol
    • Pilocarpine
 

RESOURCES

Hyperhidrosis
http://www.hyperhidrosis.ca

International Hyperhidrosis Society
http://www.sweathelp.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Institute for Health Information
http://www.cihi.ca

Health Canada
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca

 

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