Level Of Perspiration

What Causes Excessive Sweating?

Excessive sweating can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose excessive sweating, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "excessive sweating" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Low Estrogens
  • Stress
  • Liver Congestion
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • High Histamine

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major unexplained weight gain
depression with fatigue
moderate unexplained weight loss
reduced sense of smell
late puberty onset
being very skinny
nasal congestion
history of gallbladder attacks
elevated liver enzymes
numb/burning/tingling extremities
frequent colds/flus
cold sores
... and more than 180 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of excessive sweating:
Cause Probability Status
Low Estrogens 94% Confirm
Hyperthyroidism 25% Unlikely
Liver Congestion 12% Unlikely
Mercury Toxicity 4% Ruled out
High Histamine 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 0% Ruled out
High Female Testosterone 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about level of perspiration:
How much do you perspire/sweat?
Possible responses:
→ Very little / not easily
→ Less than average
→ About average / don't know
→ More than average
→ Lots / easily / often and profusely for no reason
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either diminished perspiration or excess perspiration, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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