We want to talk about anxiety and hyperhidrosis. We are not giving professional medical advice about living with anxiety but are writing to show how anxiety can be closely linked to hyperhidrosis.
Anxiety and hyperhidrosis can be connected. Anxiety can cause a person with hyperhidrosis to sweat even more.
Anxiety is something most people experience through stressful situations like work, financial problems, moving, taking a test, etc. An anxiety disorder is when this anxiety doesn’t leave you even when the stressful situation is gone – this anxiety can be debilitating and keep you from doing things you enjoy.
Anxiety does not cause hyperhidrosis, but it can exacerbate excessive sweating. There is no known cause for primary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis develops from medications and illnesses.
When people get anxious or nervous, the sweat glands are triggered, and a person will sweat. According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, about 32 percent of people with social anxiety experience excessive sweating.
When a person is anxious, the body activates its stress response, which increases perspiration. However, sweating itself can also make a person more anxious. It’s easy to become more anxious or stressed from excessive sweat. As you can see, it can come full circle.
If you are an anxious person or have an anxiety disorder, your best bet to manage your anxiety is to get help from a medical professional. Sometimes, therapy sessions and/or medication can help reduce and manage anxiety. Otherwise, there’s plenty of things you can do daily to manage anxiety and hyperhidrosis if you’re noticing that they are linked.
- Slowly breathe to calm your body and nervous system.
- Reduce stress through different methods like yoga or meditation.
- Get a good night’s sleep of 6 to 8 hours to keep you rested and calm.
- Avoid coffee, alcohol, and other stimulants that can irritate the nervous system.
Need help managing your hyperhidrosis? Hyperhidrosis can be hard to manage, especially since it is constant. Professional treatment may be the best option for you to reduce systems.
Dr. Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon. He will determine what treatment options are the best for you. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis treatment contact page or call 727-312-4844.