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What causes chronic sweating?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

If you sweat more than a sumo wrestler in the Sahara, then you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis, which arises from over-productive sweat glands of the hands or feet. (The major causes of sweat problems are thyroid or testosterone abnormalities.)

This is actually a very common condition among Asians and may explain why Asians often wear white gloves; they do not want you to shake a wet hand when they greet you.

Botox has been used for this ailment. For hand sweat, surgery that cuts the offending nerves can work.

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