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):
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Low Estrogens
  • High Histamine
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lymphatic Congestion
  • High Female Testosterone
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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:
having a CFS diagnosis
sleeping less than necessary
hypothyroidism
frequent colds/flus
regular runny nose
male characteristics
dark areas under eyes
heaviness of the legs
phobias
multiple painful inguinal nodes
daily morning stiffness
short-term memory failure
... and more than 150 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
High Female Testosterone 98% Confirm
High Histamine 23% Unlikely
Low Estrogens 16% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 0% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 0% Ruled out
Kidney Disease 0% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 0% Ruled out
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 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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