What other symptoms might occur with sweating?

Sweating may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Causes of sweating may also involve other body systems.

Common symptoms that may occur along with sweating

Sweating may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Anxiety
  • Fever and chills
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing (tachypnea)
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained weight loss

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, sweating may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness, even for a brief moment
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Loss of vision or changes in vision
  • Pain in the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Seizure
  • Severe headache
  • Sudden difficulty with memory, thinking, talking, comprehension, writing or reading
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body

What is sweating?

Sweating occurs when the sweat glands in your skin secrete a salty fluid called sweat, or perspiration. Sweating is a normal function that serves to cool your body, often in hot or humid environments or when you exercise.

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What causes sweating?

There are many causes of sweating that range from mild to serious.

Psychological causes of sweating

Physiological causes of sweating include:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 30, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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