Sweating is a normal physiological response induced by some stress on the body, such as warm temperatures, exercise, anxiety, or embarrassment. The excessive sweating that occurs in patients with hyperhidrosis may be due to a problem with the nerves that control sweating or may be the result of an underlying medical condition. In either case, knowing hyperhidrosis causes could possibly prevent or limit your hyperhidrosis symptoms.
The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence in Los Angeles is headed by Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, renowned thoracic surgeons who routinely treat patients for hyperhidrosis and determine causes of excessive sweating. For more information on the causes of hyperhidrosis or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis expert, contact us at (888) 349-1398.
Why Do I Sweat So Much?
Most cases of hyperhidrosis that develop during childhood or adolescent years can be traced to a genetic abnormality that affects the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nerves regulate various stress responses, including perspiration throughout the entire body. The genetic abnormality in people with hyperhidrosis results in overactive sympathetic nerves, which may signal the sweat glands to produce excessive amounts of sweat in one or multiple body parts.
The exact nature of the genetic trait that causes hyperhidrosis is not very well understood. Many patients diagnosed with hyperhidrosis have either a sibling or parent with the condition. For this reason, a family history of excessive sweating can play a role in your risk of developing hyperhidrosis.
Common Causes of Excessive Sweating
For some patients wondering, “Why do I sweat so much?” excessive sweating may be a symptom developed from a separate medical condition, and in this case is referred to as secondary hyperhidrosis. Treating the underlying medical condition often resolves the excessive sweating.
Other causes of excessive sweating include but are not limited to:
- Glucose control disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Various neoplastic diseases (cancer)
- Bacterial infections (rare)
Patients without pre-existing medical conditions that began experiencing excessive sweating in their 20s or even earlier are likely to have primary hyperhidrosis. These patients are ideal candidates for the most effective hyperhidrosis treatment, a minimally invasive surgical procedure called thoracoscopic sympathectomy. Read on to learn more about thoracoscopic sympathectomy performed at our outpatient center in Los Angeles.
Contact a Hyperhidrosis Specialist in Los Angeles
At the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, our team of hyperhidrosis specialists take the time to examine the cause of each patient’s hyperhidrosis in order to develop the most effective treatment plan. Our thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, have extensive training in thoracic surgical techniques and are uniquely qualified to perform minimally invasive hyperhidrosis surgery.
For more information on hyperhidrosis treatment or to schedule a consultation with a hyperhidrosis expert, please call (888) 349-1398 or fill out our contact form.
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