Learn About Anhidrosis

What is the definition of Anhidrosis?

An abnormal lack of sweat in response to heat may be harmful because sweating allows heat to be released from the body. The medical term for absent sweating is anhidrosis.

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What are the alternative names for Anhidrosis?

Decreased sweating; Anhidrosis

What is some background information about Anhidrosis?

Anhidrosis sometimes goes unrecognized until a substantial amount of heat or exertion fails to cause sweating.

Overall lack of sweating can be life threatening because the body will overheat. If the lack of sweating happens in a small area only, it is usually not as dangerous.

What are the causes of Anhidrosis?

Cause of anhidrosis may include:

  • Burns
  • Brain tumor
  • Certain genetic syndromes
  • Certain nerve problems (neuropathies)
  • Congenital disorders including ectodermal dysplasia
  • Dehydration
  • Nervous system disorders such as Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Skin diseases or scarring of the skin that block sweat glands
  • Trauma to sweat glands
  • Use of certain drugs
How do I perform a home exam for a Anhidrosis?

If there is a danger of overheating, take the following measures:

  • Take a cool shower or sit in a bathtub with cool water
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Stay in a cool environment
  • Move slowly
  • DO NOT do heavy exercise
When should I contact a medical professional for Anhidrosis?

Call your health care provider if you have a general lack of sweating or an abnormal lack of sweating when exposed to heat or strenuous exercise.

What should I expect during a doctor appointment?

The provider will perform a physical exam. In emergencies, the health care team will perform rapid cooling measures and give you fluids to stabilize you.

You may be asked about your symptoms and medical history.

You may be asked to wrap yourself in an electric blanket or sit in a sweatbox while the health care team watches your body's reaction. Other tests to cause and measure sweating may also be done.

A skin biopsy may be done. Genetic testing may be done if appropriate.

Treatment depends on the cause of your lack of sweating. You may be given medicine to cause sweating.

Who are the top Anhidrosis Local Doctors?
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Osaka University Graduate School Of Medicine

Osaka, JP 

Ichiro Katayama is in Osaka, Japan. Katayama is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anhidrosis. He is also highly rated in 28 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Anhidrosis, Atopic Dermatitis, Hypomelanotic Disorder, and Vitiligo.

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Nagasaki University Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences

Nagasaki, JP 85285

Hiroyuki Murota is in Nagasaki, Japan. Murota is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anhidrosis. He is also highly rated in 8 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Anhidrosis, Atopic Dermatitis, Hyperhidrosis, and Hives.

 
 
 
 
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Kobe University Graduate School Of Medicine 
Kobe, JP 

Atsushi Fukunaga is in Kobe, Japan. Fukunaga is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Anhidrosis. He is also highly rated in 9 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Anhidrosis, Hives, Angioedema, and Hereditary Angioedema.

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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date: June 19, 2021
Published By: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM. Diseases of the skin appendages. In: James WD, Elston DM, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA, Neuhaus IM, eds. Andrews' Diseases of the Skin. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 33.

Miller JL. Diseases of the eccrine and apocrine sweat glands. In: Bolognia JL, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L, eds. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2018:chap 39.