Sweating is a normal healthy process, which may be triggered by:
Abnormal increased sweating is known as hyperhidrosis, and usually occurs from a young age such as adolescence.
It is called idiopathic because no cause can be found for it. It can develop during childhood or later in life and can affect any part of the body, but the palms and soles or the armpits are the most commonly affected areas.
This type of excessive sweating may occur even during cool weather, but it is worse during warm weather or when a person is under stress.
In the majority of cases, no investigations are required to diagnose hyperhidrosis. Occasionally, investigations such as blood tests are ordered to exclude any underlying disease.
Treatments for excessive sweating include: