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Excessive sweating may sometimes be a sign of a serious underlying condition.

The main purpose of sweating in the body is to get rid of excess body heat. Sweat on the skin evaporates, and this cools the body. However, excess sweating may indicate an undiagnosed problem.

It is normal for sweat to increase after strenuous exercise or when the weather is very hot. But an abnormal amount of sweating that is not related to exercise or the weather should be discussed with a medical professional.   Here are some questions to have the answers prepared for before you meet with your doctor:

 How long has the sweating been going on?

 When does the sweating occur? Where on the body does it occur?

 Is there a fever? Does the person feel sick?

 Is there a family history of excessive sweating?

 Is the person taking any medications or illegal drugs?

From there, the doctor can perform an exam and determine if tests or other information is necessary in order to make a diagnosis. Just a few examples of the conditions that excessive sweating may be indicative of are heart conditions, stress, hypoglycemia, serious lung and/or heart conditions and hyperthyroidism.

Prevention and treatment is related to the cause.   Some may only need to increase their liquid intake to avoid dehydration. Others may need antibiotics or surgery to alleviate the problem.

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