While you may attribute sweating to any physical activity, there are times when excessive sweating can be the result of a medical condition. This condition, known in the medical community as “diaphoresis,” is a serious condition which can result in serious complications if left untreated.
What separated a case of diaphoresis with normal sweating? The most definitive way to separate these two conditions is whether or not the sweating goes away quickly. If, after going into a cool area and relaxing the sweating persists, chances are it is the symptom of a much larger problem.
So, what causes diaphoresis? There are a number of factors which can result in this condition. Medical shock is one of the most serious conditions which can cause this condition. If a person goes into shock, they can begin to sweat profusely.
Fevers and allergic reactions can also cause diaphoresis. Fluctuations in body temperature which the body may have trouble regulating can be a symptom of a thyroid disorder or bacterial infection.
In women, diaphoresis may be caused by menopause. Menopause is known to affect hormones, which can result in various body temperature fluctuations. Some “hot flashes” can result in excessive sweating.
Diaphoresis is usually a symptom itself of a more serious condition. Still, recognizing diaphoresis is an important step to acknowledging that there is an underlying condition which needs treatment.
The most prevalent symptom of diaphoresis is perspiration. This is usually accompanied by a body odor, which can be quite severe if there is a large amount of sweat. When there is odor and moisture on the skin for a long duration of time, this is usually a symptom of diaphoresis.
People with diaphoresis often notice that the sweating may not always be due to hot temperatures. They could experience the sweating even in cooler weather, such as in cases of shock.
If left untreated, the symptoms of diaphoresis alone could result in dehydration and other serious medical problems. Doctors usually try to find the cause of the diaphoresis in order to effectively treat it.
There are prescription antiperspirants which can help some patients with chronic diaphoresis better manage their condition. Before doctors will prescribe these, however, they typically prefer that patients have tried over-the-counter antiperspirants for their condition. Antiperspirants work by blocking sweat pores underneath the arm. This reduces sweat on the surface of the skin which can cause odor.
Relaxation techniques, such as yoga, are often found to be effective in helping to control diaphoresis in some patients who experience this condition over a long period of time. While researchers may not fully understand why this helps, it is often believed that relaxation techniques can help to stabilize hormone levels by having a calming effect on the body.
In severe cases of diaphoresis can sometimes be helped by surgeons doing a procedure called a “sympathectomy.” This surgery is basically a procedure which involves a surgeon destroying parts of nerves responsible for activating some sweat glands. While not all sweat glands can be destroyed, reducing their can eliminate excessive sweating in some patients. The body does need a certain number of sweat glands in order to cool itself during hot weather.