If you have perfuse, non-stop sweating then you may be suffering from a condition known as Diaphoresis, also known as Secondary Hyperhidrosis. Diaphoresis is a nervous system disorder that is linked with multiple health conditions or drug use.


Source: Healthline

5 Major Causes of Diaphoresis

There are many causes for Diaphoresis and below we take a look at some of the most common ones:


Diaphoresis during pregnancy is quite common. It’s only a matter of concern if you notice any of the symptoms mentioned below:

  • Fever
  • Body aches
  • Vomiting

What Makes Diaphoresis Common During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy the body generally sees a boost in hormones. Also, the metabolism to speeds up, in turn, causing the spike in body temperature which can lead to sweating with significant movement.

Apart from that, weight gain during pregnancy is another reason for increased body temperature and excessive sweating.



This happens when the hormonal changes (especially in relation to estrogen) in the body undergo pre and post-menopause. The brain receives signals indicating an increased body temperature (although the body temperature doesn’t actually increase) causing the body to sweat more than usual.


If you’re diabetic, hypoglycemia is often the reason for excessive sweating and is a sign that your blood sugar levels are lower than the standard levels.

Hypoglycemia can take turn for the worse if accompanied by any of the following symptoms as well:

  • Shaking
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Bad vision
  • Difficulty in speech

Drug/Alcohol Withdrawal

Diaphoresis is just one of the few symptoms of withdrawal with some being even life-threatening. These include the following:

  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Anxiety
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Accelerated pulse
  • Vomiting

Heart Issues

Sweating and pain in the chest starting from the left arm are often one of the first and foremost symptoms of a heart attack. This can also be followed by:

  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Breathlessness

Other Causes

  • Extreme allergic reactions
  • Medicinal side effects
  • Obesity
  • Neurological disorders which cause sweating at one side of the body.
  • Cancers such as Leukemia, liver etc.


As we mentioned above, Diaphoresis is caused due to an underlying issue and in most cases treating the condition will treat Diaphoresis. Here are a few short-term fixes in the meantime:

  • Apply an antiperspirant or a roll-on.
  • Iontophoresis, a treatment involving a slight electric shock is also quite effective as a short-term fix.
  • Oxybutynin or Glycopyrrolate are few medicines a doctor is likely to prescribe.

How To Prevent Diaphoresis

There are always certain causes and conditions that are out your control but these steps will ensure you are less prone to diaphoresis.

  • Keep your blood sugar levels under control.
  • Make sure your daily diet is packed with nutrients and vitamins to help keep your weight in check.
  • You can further back that up by working out.
  • Avoid spending long hours in the scorching
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing when out in the heat.
  • Keep yourself hydrated with either water or your favorite sports drink.


For a long-term solution to your sweating, you’ve got to treat the problem at its root. Being aware of the symptoms can help you negate the problem at an early stage..