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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Don't sweat as much

  • Reduced sweating

  • Sweating less

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About the Symptom

Sweating is the body’s way of cooling itself off. Hypohidrosis is a condition that causes a person to sweat less than usual.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Photophobia

  • Involuntary movements

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Seizure attack

  • Impossible to walk normally

  • Edema

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

Possible Causes

Generally, Not sweating as much can be related to:

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where thyroid hormone levels in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are necessary for growth, development, and metabolism. Some symptoms include unintended weight gain, constipation, changes in menstrual cycles, dry skin, brittle nails, depression and memory issues. It can be caused by an autoimmune disorder (Hashimoto's) or from prior thyroid surgery and sometimes medications.

  • Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy

    Familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAPs) are life-threatening, multisystem, inherited disorders where amyloid (an abnormal protein that can be deposited in any tissue) accumulates in nerve fibers and around nerves.

  • Fabry Disease / Lysosomal Storage Disorder

    Fabry Disease is a genetic disorder that leads to the accumulation of lipids, causing various health issues.

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Hand Eczema
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Lumbar Vertebrae Disk Herniation

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Not sweating as much may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Heatstroke

    This is a life-threatening emergency where the person's body temperature is dangerously high and they display neurological abnormalities. This occurs when the body fails to regulate its temperature properly. It can be caused by the surrounding environment (heat, moisture) or internal factors (dehydration, strenuous exercise).

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you feel that you are sweating less?

  • Is your skin dry?

  • Are you currently dizzy?

  • Do you have dry mouth?

  • Are you urinating less?

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References

  • Chia KY, Tey HL. Approach to hypohidrosis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2013 Jul;27(7):799-804. doi: 10.1111/jdv.12014. Epub 2012 Oct 24. PMID: 23094789.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jdv.12014

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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