Sweating Is Getting Worse

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Asked by Anneymay

Sweating Is Getting Worse

I have been sweating excessively for years now but it is getting worse. I don't even have to be doing anything and I will sweat until my hair is soaked and so are my clothes. I am 55 but have already gone through menopause some 30 years ago. I have had my thyroid checked and it is within normal range. I am overweight and have to absolutely starve in order to lose the pounds. I have CHF and COPD. They were diagnosed a couple of years ago but the doc says I have had them for years. Would they have anything to do with the sweating?

Answer

Alot of things can cause sweating. Both heart failure and COPD can cause sweating but it appears to occur in COPD only when its very severe. Many times its impossible to tell the cause of sweating although researchers think it may be tied to overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system (fight of flight system). If thats so then doing calming, relaxing, meditative type activities might be helpful over time. On the hand anxiety could exacerbate the situation.

Interestingly caffeine and some foods can cause sweating. I cured a pretty long case of nightsweats when I eliminated grains from my diet. (Two days ago I had a little cookie and there I was drenched in sweat in the morning!). You might want to try an elimination diet - eliminating groups of foods such as dairy, grains, nuts, etc. and see if it has any effect.

Good luck!