Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can also happen as a symptom of social anxiety disorder. In fact, according to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, up to 32 percent of people with social anxiety experience hyperhidrosis.
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What causes anxiety sweating?
Anxiety fires up your sympathetic nervous system in preparation to react (the fight-or-flight response), which raises your heart rate and your body temperature. Sweating is a stress response that helps cool your body down so you don’t overheat. Nervousness can signal certain areas of your body to sweat, too.
How can I stop sweating in public speaking?
If behavioral solutions are not enough to stop your sweat, consider trying an over-the-counter topical treatment as a first step. Underarm antiperspirants like Certain Dri, and hand and foot antiperspirant lotions like Carpe, are two products specifically designed to stop hyperhidrosis.
Does anxiety medication stop sweating?
As a result, you may feel less anxious going into social settings. Anxiety medication, such as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) can also help. When these drugs are effective, you should feel less anxious. And in turn, you should sweat less.