The absence or the reduction of sweating is a symptom of different origin, and it may mean that the sweat glands fail in their operation or may not run correctly. This condition is also known as hypohidrosis or anhidrosis. It can affect one or more areas of the body, or the entire body.


What kind of diseases can be associated with decreased sweating?

The following diseases may be related to decreased sweating:

  • Amyloidosis
  • Multiple system atrophy or AMS
  • Small-cell carcinoma
  • Dermatitis
  • Diabetes
  • Skin infections
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Ichthyosis
  • Fabry disease
  • Hashimoto
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Scleroderma
  • Horner's syndrome
  • Syndrome Ross
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Genetic syndromes
  • Trauma
  • Use of drugs

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for decreased sweating?

When sweating drastically decreases to absolute absence, the disturbance is related to the lack of a basic function of thermoregulation. The perspiration allows to lower the body temperature both at rest and, especially, during physical exertion.

The remedies for decreased sweating must always be associated with the treatment of the condition and prescribed by the doctor. For example, if the condition is provoked from use of some drugs it could be useful, after having a discussion with a doctor, for the drug’s dosage to be reviewed.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of decreased sweating?

If the lack of sweating is associated with other symptoms such as: dizziness, muscle cramps, weakness, skin reddening and feeling of excessive heat, a doctor should be contacted.