Sweat is the body’s natural reaction to rising temperatures; as warm-blooded creatures, we excrete water through our pores to attempt to prevent overheating. However, there’s proportional sweating, where your body releases enough sweat to cool your body down in an uncomfortable situation, and sweating too much. When that happens,it’s called hyperhidrosis — and it can be caused by many different things, including thyroid issues, hormonal fluctuation during your menstrual cycle, anxiety and various medications, according to the Mayo Clinic. But what counts as “too much” sweat?
All of us have varied sweating responses, depending on what we’ve been doing. After an intense gym session, for instance, a slick of sweat is extremely common (and a good reason to hit the showers ASAP). However, too much sweat that doesn’t correspond to your own activity or environment can be a signal of an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed — and it can be annoying to manage in its own right. Sweat has a bad rap, despite being a completely normal bodily response, and excessive sweating can make people feel anxious about the judgements of others in social areas. Here’s how to detect if your sweat levels happen to be over-the-top and warrant a visit to the doc.