Why Do I Sweat Even When It's Cold? Diagnosing Hyperhidrosis

Book Review
July 5, 2012
Stop Sweating and Start Living - Mike Ramsey

I have absolutely no hesitation in saying "Stop Sweating and Start Living" will soon put antiperspirant companies out of business.

I was reluctant at first to endorse any product but this book was different. The remedies it suggests are all-natural and target the root causes of problem sweating.

My only complaint is that it is only available as an instant access ebook. It can't be purchased in bookstores or on Amazon.com, but I'm sure the instant download feature is popular with people overseas and those who are ready to get started.

I strongly recommend "Stop Sweating and Start Living" to anyone who sweats excessively in the underarm, hand, foot, face or back areas.

- James Chambers

We’ve all heard the expression ‘cold sweat’. The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “A reaction to nervousness fear pain or shock characterized by simultaneous perspiration and chill and cold moist skin”. However this article is intended to discuss excessive sweating even in cold weather conditions. 24-year-old Patrick McMahon of Lafayette Louisiana from whose letter I borrowed the title for the article is in despair. “I sweat heavily even when I am skiing in sub-zero temperatures” he writes. “I thought this was because those who live in warmer climates usually sweat more owing to their body’s need to constantly stay cool but I now think the problem runs deeper. Can you tell me why I sweat even when it’s cold?”

I probably can Patrick and the answer is that you have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a condition in which a patient experiences excessive sweating in the face palms underarms and feet. According to the area that it affects hyperhidrosis is categorized into facial hyperhidrosis palmar hyperhidrosis axillary hyperhidrosis and plantar hyperhidrosis respectively. In one form or another it affects nearly 4% of the American population.

Diagnosing hyperhidrosis

Like Patrick a lot of you probably suffer from hyperhidrosis without knowing it. In very lay terms people with hyperhidrosis will lose four or five times the normal amount of sweat that is required to keep the body cool. This means we are talking some serious sweating here: sweating that limits your social and professional life and causes you extreme emotional stress.

Aaron Samuels a banker from Manhattan has had 16 years experience of hyperhidrosis being diagnosed with axillary hyperhidrosis as a 17-year-old. It is common for him to change his shirt at least twice a day despite the fact that he spends close to 10 hours in an air-conditioned environment. He has even tried wearing maxi pads under his arms in an effort to control his sweating in vain. Similarly Rhea Patel 22 works in a Philadelphia art gallery and says she studiously avoids shaking hands because of her palmar hyperhidrosis. “I don’t know how much longer I’ll be allowed to keep my job” she says.

Therefore if you constantly worry about how much you’re sweating and spend all your waking hours dealing with your sweat problem you probably have hyperhidrosis. If you resort to desperate measures like wearing three shirts so the sweat won’t show or stuff napkins in your underarms every 30 minutes you probably have hyperhidrosis. If you have a dysfunctional social and professional life because you feel compelled to hide indoors during the day to cover up your sweat problem you probably have hyperhidrosis. If you feel you will never wear light-colored or expensive clothes again because your sweating ruins them and bathe five times a day you probably have hyperhidrosis.