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Hyperhidrosis Causes & Risks

Causes

Primary hyperhidrosis may be triggered by:

  • High emotional states (eg, intense sadness, fear, anger, stress)
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot climates
  • Certain medications:

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
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Tuberculosis
  • Drug withdrawal
  • Certain medications:
    • Fever-lowering medicines
    • Insulin
    • Meperidine
    • Emetics (vomit-inducing medicines)
    • Alcohol
    • Pilocarpine

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of secondary hyperhidrosis are the conditions that cause it (listed above).

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2021 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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