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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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  • Sweat a lot under the armpits

  • Sweat a lot on the upper body

  • A lot of sweat on the side

  • A lot of sweat on my hands

  • Keep dropping things because of sweat

  • Sweat a lot in the axilla

  • Lots of sweat on the face

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About the Symptom

Sweating is a body function that helps to maintain body temperature. It is also called perspiration and is the production of sweat by specialized glands in the skin.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fine tremor of the fingers

  • Abnormal menstruation

  • Fever

  • Respiratory wheeze

  • Seizure attack

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Recent weight loss

  • Palpitation

Possible Causes

Generally, Sweating can be related to:

  • Graves' Disease

    A condition involving an overactive thyroid gland. It's a disorder where the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland and causes an overproduction of thyroid hormone. It is more common in women than men. Some symptoms include anxiety, weight loss, tremors, changes in menstrual cycles, increase in bowel movements, fatigue, and palpitations.

  • Dyshidrotic Eczema

    This refers to a skin inflammation where small blisters develop on the fingers, palms, and soles.

  • Hyperthyroidism

    A disorder of an overactive thyroid gland. This causes overactivity of thyroid hormones that are needed for growth, development, and metabolism. Causes include viral infections, brain disorders, and autoimmunity (where the body's immune system attacks itself). Symptoms include weight loss, tremors and palpitations and/or rapid heart rate.

  • Acromegaly
  • Influenza (Flu)
  • Subacute Thyroiditis

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Sweating may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

    This is a rare and serious reaction to certain medications. Symptoms usually begin within hours to days after exposure to the medication but can sometimes occur up to a month after starting it. Common causative medications include antipsychotics and occasionally drugs used to treat or prevent vomiting, Parkinson's disease, etc. Symptoms include dangerously high body temperature, muscular rigidity, and severe agitation and altered mental status.

  • Tetanus
  • Heatstroke
  • Thyroid Storm

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

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  • Are you currently sweating?

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References

  • Mack, G. W.; Nadel, E. R. (1996). "Body fluid balance during heat stress in humans". In Fregly, M. J.; Blatteis, C. M. (eds.). Handbook of Physiology. Section 4: Environmental Physiology. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 187–214.

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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