Thyroid sweating can happen when the thyroid gland gets over active. To understand this fully we must first know what exactly the thyroid gland is and what its functions are. The thyroid gland is one of the most important organs of the body producing the thyroid hormone and is situated at the base of the neck. It is to be found in front of the neck just below where the voice box is. It is the most important organ of the endocrine system and produces the thyroid hormones called thyroxin (T4) and triiodothyronine(T3) which regulates the metabolism of the body and is responsible for hormonal balance. When the thyroid gland over secretes thyroxin, the change in its levels of secretion leads to hormonal imbalance and is called hyperthyroidism. One of the main symptoms of this disorder includes excessive and frequent sweating.

Thyroid Sweating

Thyroid Sweating

Hyperthyroidism is also known by its alternative name of ‘overactive thyroid’ which often manifests itself in the way a person tends to perspire more than the usual amount. This is because of a sudden increase in the rate of the metabolic activities.

Thyroid sweating happens because of the hormonal imbalance caused by the over stimulation of the thyroid gland which increases the internal body temperature which in turn leads to excessive sweating, particularly in the head region. This problem is known as hyperhidrosis in medical parlance and can cause a lot of anxiety to the person suffering from it.

Over-the-top head sweating can lead to an itchy, smelly scalp and hair and it can be awkward in social settings as well as in personal life. In any case, excessive sweat in any form whether it is from the head or the underarms or the entire body or feet and palms can lead to awkward situations. Whether at home, work or in society, the person having this problem has to face a lot of discomfort, not only in terms of his own physical dilemma but also in the vibes he gets from others. After all, no one wants to be near someone who is dripping sweat from every pore of his body. This can be extremely embarrassing for the person concerned and he may start shying away from interacting with people.

At the workplace, employers may not want an excessively perspiring person to represent the company as appearance does matter and he may lose out on promotions or perks. Thyroid sweating can cause an unhygienic look to the affected person and may become a social obstacle for him. This can drastically affect the person’s morale and he may withdraw into himself and become a recluse.

Sometimes, to combat a thyroid problem, thyroid hormones are given which paradoxically aggravates the problem of thyroid sweating.

If the sweating is due to a thyroid problem, the person should get himself medically checked as soon as possible as it may underlie other more grave health problems. Thyroid sweating may be masking other health complications and hence the need for medical intervention.

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Addly May 30, 2012 at 5:01 am

Q: Hello. I have suffered from PRV and hypothyroidism. I am taking hydroxycarbamide and thyroxine. Since then, I always get profuse sweating around the head and neck area but there\\\\\\\’s completely no sweat being produced all over my body. Is it normal or side effect from which medicine?

Daniel Rauser June 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Than k you for giveing me the language too properly describe my symptoms too my doctor in a clear and positive way.Allthough not yet confirmed too the rrquirements of my MD I can now describe the 2 states of hypo followed by hyper thyroidism that are indicative of the hashimoto;s thyroiditus which I have maintained for years is plagueing me,,,again,,many thanks

clark June 24, 2013 at 9:03 pm

I have had thyriod cancer thus do not have one ….. since 2005
am getting nite sweats assume my dose is too high is that correct ?

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