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Excess Sweating

Sweating excessively can impact some people with Parkinson's. It is generally a side effect to anticholinergic Parkinson's medication. Too little sweating may negatively impact the person living with Parkinson's to control body temperature causing some to overheat. This is known as hyperhidrosis.

To minimize and cope with excessive sweating:

  • Stay hydrated

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing made from cotton or other natural fibers

  • Choose clothing that doesn't show sweat

  • Identify and reduce consumption of foods that may trigger sweating (spicy foods, caffeine, or alcohol).

  • Identify and reduce stressors that cause sweating (public speaking, crowded rooms, etc.)


Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's. Every Victory Counts, Your Go-To-Resource of Essential Information and Inspiration for Living Well with Parkinson's. Page 89. "Manual." Sixth Edition, 2021.​

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