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Sweating is a normal bodily function that helps regulate temperature. With as many as four million sweat glands all over the body, it’s natural for humans to sweat, especially with exercise or changes in their environments. Some people experience excessive sweating all over, the medical term for which is diaphoresis.

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1. What Causes Diaphoresis?

Diaphoresis, also known as secondary hyperhidrosis, involves profuse sweating across the entire body. The eccrine sweat glands produce more sweat than necessary, as the result of underlying conditions or environmental changes. Diaphoresis is generally a symptom of other health conditions, some of which require urgent medical attention.

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