What Medical Conditions Cause Excessive Sweating?

What causes excessive sweating in the feet?

How can excessive sweating be prevented?


The following questions are based on the case studies featured in this chapter. For more information, please see “Questions and Answers” at the end of this chapter.

1. What is hirsutism (excessive hairiness) due to? Hormonal abnormalities (insufficient or excessive production of sex hormones by the adrenal glands).

2. Which disorder would lead one to seek medical attention for recurrent infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria? Hyperparathyroidism leads to osteoporosis, which leads to brittle bones that break easily during an infection with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The bone disease results from an inadequate supply of calcium and phosphorus needed for bone formation, leading to fragile bones under stress during infections with Staphylococcus aureus bacteria; chronic inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis may also contribute via joint destruction or inflammation; vitamin D deficiency will lead to decreased intestinal absorption of calcium and increased urinary excretion of calcium so less amounts reach bones for bone mineralization; hypothyroidism may cause muscle weakness, fatigue, weight gain, low libido because muscles used for sexual activity become weak from lack of adequate thyroid hormone levels necessary for sexual function; medications containing anticoagulants such as warfarin

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