Hyperhidrosis: Sudden Excessive Sweating

Medically reviewed by Doctor Azizi Yusuf on Jul 31, 2019


Excessive sweating is a condition whereby our sweat glands produces more sweats even when it is not needed. This condition is also called hyperhidrosis. You may mostly notice it when your body (especially hands and feet) sweats profusely even without any cause. Hyperhidrosis happens to a very small percentage of the population, around 1% – 2%. 

This condition can happen to anyone, regardless of age and gender. For normal people, the sweat glands will produce sweat when triggered by the rise or drop of temperature, fever, anxious, nervousness or stress

What is Hyperhidrosis or Excessive Sweating


There are 2 types of excessive sweating:

Primary : Excessive sweating happened without any trigger factors. 

Secondary : Excessive sweating happened because of health reasons. 

Causes Excessive Sweating

Primary hyperhidrosis is a condition whereby the nerves are overreacted to the conditions. 

Among the health conditions that can trigger excessive sweatings are: diabetes, endocarditis, fever, anxiety disorder, heart attack, heat exhaustion, HIV/AIDS, leukemia, hyperthyroidism, malaria, stress and obesity.


Excessive sweating most commonly attack palms, armpits, soles of the feet or face. They are also known to happen at the back, chest, groin or under breasts. The sweating can occur at more than one part at a time. They happen regularly and nothing actually triggers the reaction. You can be indoor, outdoor, or in the aircond, the sweat still comes out. 

However, worry not as there are some ways we can do to help reduce and even stop the sweating.

arts of The Body that Most Affected

arts of The Body that Most Affected


Use antiperspirant: Antiperspirants contains ingredients that block the sweat glands such as aluminium. It helps to reduce sweating, especially for a minor hyperhidrosis. 

Apply astringents: Study has shown that astringents helps to decrease sweat production by closing the pores. Some ingredients in astringents such as glutaraldehyde solution has proven to reduce sweat by 10%. 

Regular bathe: Keeping your body clean from bacteria is important for those who are suffering from excessive sweating. It reduces any chance of bacteria build up that can produce unpleasant smell. 

Choose the right materials for your clothes: Having clothes that are ‘breathable’ is very important. It allows the sweat to dry up before accumulating. Best to avoid leather shoes, latex clothing etc and opt for something natural like cotton. 

Regularly change your socks: As sweat accumulates over your socks, it’s best to change it twice a day to avoid unpleasant feelings. Clean your soles thoroughly with water and soap. Apply talcum powder to help absorb the excessive sweat.  

Natural ways to stop excessive sweating may sound like a lot of work. It also takes longer time to actually show a promising result. 


Maceration: It happens when the skin is extra wet and moist. It causes the skin to expand and become mushy. This condition also leads to other problems such as unappealing smell and bacterial build up. 

Jock itch (tinea cruris): Jock itch is a condition whereby a fungal infection spread under the groin area. The fungus thrives in a moist, dark and warm condition, which is just what your under groin provides. 

Athlete’s foot (tinea pedis): Athlete foot is another skin disease caused by the fungus. It appears between your toes, causing you itchiness and mushy skin. 

Body odor (bromhidrosis): Body odour is caused by the bacteria build up on your skin. As the bacteria get in contact with the skin, they produced an unpleasant smell for those surrounding. 

Warts and bacterial infections: As our skin structure weakened, it creates tiny wounds. This allows the bacteria to enter our skin and resides there, causing more problems.

Possible Complications if Not Treated


There are some medical treatments to help stop this problem.

If you’d like to know more about excessive sweating and its solution, please call us to arrange a consultation session. We are available from 8am to 12 midnight DAILY.

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