Facial sweating and sweating of the forehead and scalp is natural. However excessive sweating can be a concern. The causes for head sweating can be many. It could simply be sudden change in temperature or heavy workouts. Or it could be caused by the summative effect of multiple factors.

Medical conditions could also be involved as a cause of severe head sweating. Head sweating is a precursor to a heart attack. Hence, sudden cranial or facial sweating should not be neglected or ignored. Immediate care should be taken. Excessive head sweating might be a symptom of hypothyroidism, where a malfunction of the thyroid gland causes underproduction of the hormone, which then manifests itself through heavy sweating, amongst many other effects.

Heavy head sweating can also be caused by fear. Head sweating is also a menopausal symptom in women. Severe discomfort or anxiety can manifest itself first as head sweating. This syndrome is scientifically known as cranial hyperhidrosis. In some cases, head sweating is a symptom for diabetes. Cranial hyperhidrosis can also be hereditary. There also might be external reasons for head sweating such as the use of soaps and shampoos.

With such a large number of causes and factors present, diagnosis of the exact cause of head sweating is always puzzling for the examiner. It is equally difficult to judge whether the sweating is natural or excessive and worthy of further observation.

Head sweating is a subtle disorder, yet a major annoyance. Head sweating can bring about embarrassment and low self esteem. In females, it is also a hurdle in the use of make up. Health of the hair and scalp can be severely affected if head sweating is neglected. Heavy head sweating can also cause skin anomalies and initiate pimples, acne and rashes. Those suffering from cranial hyperhidrosis usually complain of a ‘stuffy’ feeling. Head sweating is not a very uncommon problem and can affect, just about anybody.

Despite varied causes and symptoms, the treatments available for all variants of head sweating are more or less similar. It is best if one consults a physician or a dermatologist for expert guidance on head sweating. Sweating being a natural process, it is not possible to completely stop it. However, there exist many ways of checking or controlling head sweating.

Botox injections are one of the more uncommon, medical methods to control facial and cranial sweating. Surgical methods are also used to stop excessive sweating. If a medical condition is causing hyperhidrosis, then treatment of the condition should effectively control the excessive sweating as well. If a cardiac ailment is initiating hyperhidrosis, then treatment of the ailment should be given priority.

Considering an unhealthy diet can be the root cause to excessive sweating, consuming a balanced diet on a daily basis should check the same. Topical antiperspirants can also be used for effectively treating head sweating. They should ideally be available at any local pharmacist. No matter how trivial it may appear, head sweating should definitely not be neglected.

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aubrey June 7, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Even if the weather is cold i still have this excessive head sweating. even during bed time. what will i do? Thanks for this page hope it will help and inform more people of various problems and their medications.

Shavon January 28, 2012 at 2:35 am

I also have severe head sweats in cold, hot, mild weather. I wake up during the night with my pillow wet & my head sweating. I have to get up in the middle of the night & blow dry my hair. PLEASE HELP!!!
I’ve only started going this way for maybe 2 months now but its become Very annoying &embarrassing. I can be sitting doing nothing . I also have hypothyroid, high blood pressure, on birth control pills, diabetis & high cholesterol. I also have a 5 mth old baby. I feel like no one is trying to help me, I tell the doctors & they say its interesting but do nothing. Who do I turn to & what do I do???

Sandra August 15, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I believe I have Cranial Hyperhidrosis..

Is there place in South New Jersey to get treated?

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