I Have Allergy Induced Asthma And Have Issues With Excessive Sweating When I Get Mildly Active

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Asked by jfrash

I Have Allergy Induced Asthma And Have Issues With Excessive Sweating When I Get Mildly Active

I am a 37 year old female in good general health. However, I suffer from allergy-induced asthma that is not well controlled with medication. One of the most annoying symptoms I have noticed is excessive sweating when I become even mildly active (doing housework, walking quickly) and during sleep. It is sometimes like a cold sweat because my body does not feel overheated, but I'm dripping with sweat. Other times, I do get overheated easily and sweat profusely, typically with mild to moderate activity. During these times, though, I'm not wheezing and don't feel the typical shortness of breath symptoms or chest pain.

This can be very embarrassing in public. Take instance, shopping and trying on clothes is a trigger. Or vacuuming the house makes me as sweaty as if I just ran around the block. Is there something I can do to prevent this embarrassing symptom? Should I use my emergency inhaler during these times? Incidentally, I am beginning allergy injections this week and already take symbicort, astelin, nasacort, zyrtec and singulair.

Answer

Hello there,

Sorry to hear you're having to deal with such an annoying and embarrassing symptom. I find it unlikely, though, that the sweating is related to allergies or asthma. It's not a typical symptom.

However... an interesting new item appeared here on HealthCentral back in September:

Sweating Out Asthma

So, it could be there is some kind of link between sweating and exercise-induced asthma that is not fully understood as yet. My advice is to talk openly with your doctor about how you are feeling and what you are experiencing. If you are not currently seeing an allergist or pulmonologist (both experts in treating asthma), then you might consider getting a consultation.

To your health,

Kathi