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What Happens When You Have a Panic Attack

Medically Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on September 14, 2021

Your body's "fight or flight" response kicks into high gear. It can seem to come from nowhere -- maybe as you walk down the street or do the laundry. It can even wake you out of a sound sleep. There's often no obvious reason for your combination of symptoms. That's part of why it's called an "attack." It can be so sudden and intense that you feel helpless, unable to move or think clearly.

A jolt of adrenaline gets your heart racing or pounding -- or both. Your chest might hurt. You could even have trouble breathing.

Your throat tightens up, and you can't swallow. Or you might think you're going to throw up. These feelings can make it harder to catch your breath.

We're not talking about the fear you feel in the normal course of life, when you stand on the edge of a cliff, bring up a difficult subject, or start a new job, for example. During a panic attack, you may have an overwhelming sense that something really terrible is about to happen -- or that you're going to die -- despite knowing it's not true.

Sometimes you can get so lightheaded that the whole room starts to spin. Or it seems like you're disconnected from your surroundings.

This classic sign of anxiety can also be a symptom of a panic attack. You may sweat in other places, like under your arms, as well -- sometimes quite a lot. And you could get chills or hot flashes, too.

Your whole body may start shaking. With blood going to your heart and muscles, your fingers or toes can tingle or go numb.

One can come on suddenly, and it may be gone just as quickly. Like the other symptoms, this alone doesn't necessarily mean you're having a panic attack.

A panic attack usually hits all at once and builds to a peak in about 10 minutes. Then you'll slowly start to feel better. Attacks rarely last more than an hour, and most are over in 20 or 30 minutes. They aren't always the same.

The symptoms are similar: Chest pain, breathing problems, dizziness, sweating, even the feeling of losing control. If it's the first time you've felt like this, and you or a close family member have had any heart problems, go to the emergency room -- just to be safe.

You probably don't need to worry if you have just one or two incidents and they go away without other problems. But if it happens more often than that, or if you're concerned, you should see your doctor. They can help you figure out what's triggering your attacks and how to manage them. They'll also want to rule out a heart condition call mitral valve prolapse.

Panic attacks tend to run in families and are often related to stress. Sometimes, there's a physical reason: Your thyroid gland makes too much hormone. You don't have enough sugar in your blood. You drank too much caffeine, or you took a stimulant drug like amphetamines or cocaine. Or you're abusing or withdrawing from drugs or alcohol.

If your doctor can't find a physical cause yet you keep getting panic attacks, you may have panic disorder, especially when you can't stop worrying about the next one coming. You may change the way you live day-to-day to avoid them.

The first step is what you're doing now: understand what's going on. When you realize that it's unlikely to hurt you, only lasts a few minutes, and happens to other people, too, you may be less worried about it. Simply knowing that there are ways to treat them, including therapy and medication, can be a relief.

Anxiety thrives when you feel alone. It's best to see family and friends in person, but by phone or computer is better than nothing. If you don't have people to turn to, consider joining social groups, like a book club or sports league, to meet folks with common interests and start building relationships.

Aim for 7-9 hours a night. If you have trouble going to sleep, keep your room cool, dark, and quiet. Don't watch TV or use the computer or your smartphone right before bed. It also helps to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, even weekends.

Get 30 minutes on most days -- even if it's 10 minutes at a time -- and you're less likely to be stressed. That can lower your odds of having a panic attack. Any exercise helps, but it's better if you do activities that move both your arms and legs in rhythm: walk, run, swim, dance.

They can cause panic attacks or make one worse, if you get them regularly. Lots of medications -- including allergy pills, diet pills, and cold medicines -- have drugs in them that could have a similar effect. Talk to your doctor if you need help cutting these things out of your life.

Techniques like meditation and yoga can help you release tension and train yourself to be at peace and centered. Deep, controlled breathing is a great way to calm yourself down when you feel on edge with attack symptoms coming on.


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Anxiety, Stress, and Hyperhidrosis

Sweat happens, for pretty much everyone.

It may not always feel (or smell) all that pleasant, but it’s a natural response to rising body temperature. When the weather heats up, or when you exert yourself during physical activity, your body produces sweat to help you stay cool. In short, sweat serves a pretty important purpose.

Sometimes, though, you might find yourself sweating when your body doesn’t need to cool off. Sweating commonly happens as a response to fear or stress, which is why you might notice increased sweating as a physical symptom of anxiety.

Like typical sweat, anxiety sweat can appear all over your body, but you’ll usually notice it most on the:

  • palms
  • soles of your feet
  • face
  • armpits

Of course, worrying about sweating too much can also contribute to feelings of anxiety — not to mention become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you sweat a lot when facing stress, you might begin to worry about sweating in front of other people. But that very concern might lead you to break out in a sweat.

A sweaty face and palms can feel pretty uncomfortable, but anxiety sweating can also contribute to emotional distress. Not only can frequent sweating complicate your daily routine, but it can also diminish your confidence.

You might begin to avoid social situations or anything that might prompt a sweat response. In time, anxiety sweating could trigger feelings of loneliness, even depression.

Keep reading to learn more about why anxiety sweating happens, plus get a few tips to manage — and prevent — it.

You have your sympathetic nervous system to thank for anxiety sweating.

If that term rings a bell, it’s because you may have come across it before, also in the context of anxiety. When you face a threat, whether real or perceived, your sympathetic nervous system prompts the fight-flight-freeze response.

Sweating is one key sign of this response. Fighting a threat, or fleeing from it, requires you to expend energy, which can raise your body temperature. But overheating would make it difficult to escape or keep fighting, so your body signals your sweat glands to produce sweat and keep you cool so that you can carry on.

Living with an anxiety disorder can mean your body and brain remain on constant alert for potential threats. As a result, you might regularly notice a full range of emotional and physical symptoms — beyond your sweat glands working overtime.

It’s also worth considering the flip side, too: Worries about extreme sweating, or other bodily responses, can easily characterize generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This condition involves extreme and consistent worry about everyday events and situations.

With GAD, you might, for example, find yourself worrying about sweating constantly, perhaps to the point where it:

  • keeps you up at night
  • disrupts your concentration at school or work
  • makes it difficult to relax and enjoy hobbies and leisure time

To sum up: Anxiety can trigger sweating, but the knowledge that you sweat a lot can also lead to anxiety.

Social anxiety

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.

If you live with social anxiety, you likely feel intense stress and fear at the thought of embarrassing yourself or drawing negative feedback from others. These feelings might intensify when you have to join a group, speak in front of others, or meet new people.

Accordingly, you might go to great lengths to avoid drawing attention to yourself, but you still might worry about doing something other people can judge — like sweating a lot.

Yet since fear and stress can trigger sweat, you might quickly notice increased perspiration, along with other physical symptoms, like:

  • warmth and flushing, especially around your face (blushing)
  • head pain
  • lightheadness
  • trembling
  • clamminess in your hands
  • nausea
  • shortness of breath

Again, it’s also possible for sweating to prompt emotional distress that resembles social anxiety symptoms. If you know you sweat a lot, you might certainly feel nervous about sweating so much that others notice.

This fear could eventually prompt you to avoid social events, or any situations where people might notice you sweating.

Here are nine tips to manage social anxiety.

Other anxiety disorders

Evidence also links increased sweating to other anxiety disorders, namely panic disorder and specific phobia.

In a review of 86 studies, people with panic disorder tended to sweat more when they encountered a situation that triggered feelings of fear or panic. They also tended to sweat more on a daily basis — even when not facing a stressful situation.

People with a phobia, on the other hand, tended to sweat more when they encountered the object of their phobia.

Can other mental health conditions cause sweating?

Some emerging research also suggests a link between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increased sweating, though experts have yet to explore this potential connection in depth.

Anecdotal reports do suggest that many people notice increased sweating when taking Adderall, a medication that treats ADHD symptoms.

The thought of mentioning extreme sweating to a healthcare professional, or anyone at all, may provoke some anxiety and emotional discomfort.

This may help explain why many people living with hyperhidrosis don’t get treatment — yet excessive sweating that goes unaddressed can have a far-reaching impact on your quality of life.

Excessive sweating can lead to social withdrawal, for one. If you worry about sweating during your daily activities, you might choose to cancel them and stay home instead. You might feel sad, even guilty, about avoiding them, but helpless to do anything else.

These feelings might, in turn, prompt a sense of general hopelessness, along with other symptoms of depression.

All that said, treatment can help ease anxiety sweating, so it’s worth reaching out for support.

Options for treatment include:

  • Antiperspirants with aluminum salts. If your regular antiperspirant doesn’t do much to curb your sweating, try an antiperspirant that contains a higher concentration of aluminum chloride — anywhere from 10 to 20 percent. You can apply these under your arms, of course, but you can also use them on your palms and the soles of your feet. A doctor or clinician can prescribe these antiperspirants when over-the-counter options aren’t strong enough.
  • Iontophoresis. This procedure delivers weak currents of electricity to your hands, feet, and underarms while you hold them underwater for up to 40 minutes. Experts believe this helps block the glands that produce sweat, but the effects are only temporary, so you may need regular sessions.
  • Topical or oral anticholinergics. These medications help block certain cell signals, including those that prompt your glands to produce sweat. A healthcare professional might prescribe oral oxybutynin or topical glycopyrrolate as an off-label treatment for sweating.
  • Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections. Like anticholinergics, Botox also helps prevent sweating by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which triggers sweat production. Treatment involves several injections, but the effects of Botox can last up to 2 years.

Learn more about treatments for excessive sweating.

Working with a therapist to address symptoms of anxiety (or any other mental health condition) can also make a difference. Treatment for anxiety generally includes therapy, medication, or a combination of the two.

If you experience anxiety because of sweating, treating the sweating will likely help ease these feelings. Still, it’s always a good idea to get support from a therapist for any persistent emotional or mental health symptoms, regardless of their direct cause.

A therapist can recommend treatment approaches to manage uncomfortable feelings around sweating. They can also offer tips for coping with distress, so you don’t feel the need to avoid social situations.

In search of quick tips to avoid getting sweaty in the first place? Here are a few ideas to consider.

Prepare with an antiperspirant

Using an antiperspirant regularly can help prevent sweating before it happens.

As noted above, it may be time to try a stronger antiperspirant if your regular brand doesn’t keep you dry. Follow the directions on the label to make sure you use it at the right time — applying it at night may yield better results.

Practice relaxation techniques

When you start to feel anxious, techniques that soothe and ground you can help calm racing worries and fears before they become overwhelming.

Not only do relaxation exercises help ease emotional distress, but they can also provide relief from physical symptoms, like sweating.

Options to try include:

  • progressive muscle relaxation
  • guided imagery
  • visualization
  • deep breathing exercises

Get more tips to help reduce anxiety naturally.

Take steps to stay cool

While anxious sweating doesn’t happen because you’re warm, feeling too hot could absolutely make matters worse. What’s more, if you’re overly warm, you might worry even more about sweating, which only feeds into the anxiety sweating loop.

You might try:

  • dressing in easily removable layers
  • sticking close to doors and windows
  • keeping a cold drink nearby
  • stepping outside for some fresh air

Find a positive distraction

Fixating on the source of your anxiety — from fears about sweating to anything else — generally only serves to intensify that worry.

It might not always feel easy, or even possible, to change the course of your thoughts. Still, making the effort to focus on something that inspires peaceful or positive feelings could have some benefit.

A few ideas:

  • Watch a favorite funny video.
  • Listen to a song that calms or energizes you.
  • Think about something great that happened recently, or an upcoming event you’re looking forward to.
  • Text a close friend or loved one.
  • Grab a favorite book and re-read a chapter or two.
  • Take a short walk.

When to reach out

In-the-moment coping tips often do make a difference, but they don’t replace professional support for anxiety.

A trained therapist can offer more guidance with identifying anxiety triggers and exploring helpful strategies for coping with unwanted thought patterns, sweating and other anxiety symptoms, and emotional distress that relates to excessive sweating.

Reaching out for support is a good next step when either anxiety or sweating begin to affect your:

  • daily routine
  • personal and professional relationships
  • ability to attend school or work
  • overall mood and quality of life
  • view of yourself

In search of online support? Our review of the best online therapy options can help you find the right fit.

Anxiety sweating is pretty common, but you can find ways to cope with it — and the distress it can cause.

Plenty of different treatments can help prevent excess sweating. Treating the sweating can, in turn, lower your chances of getting stuck in that sweat-anxiety-sweat cycle, or even experiencing depression related to sweating.

Keep in mind, too, that getting support for anxiety can help with all anxiety symptoms, including sweating — but it never hurts to consider addressing both anxiety and sweating at the same time.

Not sure where to start? A healthcare professional can help you explore your options for treatment.

Hyperhidrosis: causes, symptoms, treatment - Bee Lucci Clinic Novosibirsk

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Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating, which is not necessarily associated with heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that the sweat soaks into your clothes or drips off your hands. In addition to disrupting normal daily life, this type of heavy sweating causes social anxiety and embarrassment.

If antiperspirants do not help with excessive sweating, then medications and other treatments for the sweat glands and nerve endings responsible for overproduction of sweat may need to be tried.


Most people sweat when exercising or exerting themselves, in hot environments, or when they are anxious or stressed.

Excessive sweating in hyperhidrosis is many times greater than normal sweating and occurs without the above causes, at least once a week during waking hours.

When to see a doctor

Sometimes excessive sweating is a sign of a serious health problem. People who sweat a lot are more prone to skin infections. Sticky and wet hands, sweat-soaked clothes cause embarrassment and psychological discomfort, which affects the quality of life. Seek immediate medical attention if excessive sweating is accompanied by chest pain, fever, or nausea.

Consult a doctor if:

  • Sliding violates the daily routine
  • Slicking causes emotional stress
  • You suddenly start sweating more than usual
  • Swert at night without a visible reason

reasons for

STRUCTION - this is the mechanism of our body for our body. cooling. The nervous system automatically starts the work of the sweat glands when the body temperature rises. Sweating often appears on the palms when a person is nervous.

Hyperhidrosis of armpits, feet, hands

The most common form of hyperhidrosis is called primary focal (essential, non-disease-related) hyperhidrosis.

In this type of hyperhidrosis, the nerves responsible for signaling the sweat glands become overactive without any physical activity or fever. With stress or nervousness, the problem gets worse. This type of hyperhidrosis appears on the palms, soles, and sometimes the face.

Secondary hyperhidrosis occurs when excessive sweating is associated with a medical condition. This is a less common type that causes full body sweating.
Conditions that may be associated with excessive sweating:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hot flashes, menopause
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Acute cardiovascular disease
  • Some types of cardiovascular disease
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  • Infections

Certain medicines cause heavy sweating.

The following tips will help you deal with sweat and odor:

Antiperspirants temporarily block pores and reduce perspiration and help with light perspiration.

Shower daily, water treatments reduce the amount of bacteria on the skin. Dry thoroughly and do not leave moisture between the fingers and underarms.

Wear clothes and shoes made from natural materials. Natural materials such as leather, cotton, silk or wool allow the skin to "breathe" and reduce perspiration. And for sports, choose clothes and socks made of moisture-absorbing fabrics.

Change your socks at least twice a day while thoroughly drying your feet. Ventilate your feet. During the day, take off your shoes and walk barefoot.

Try to learn techniques such as yoga, meditation. This will help keep stress and associated sweating under control.

Treatment of hyperhidrosis at the Bee Lucce Clinic

Subcutaneous and intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin preparations such as Botox and Disport give long-term results. Botulinum toxin injections in the armpits, feet and hands temporarily block and significantly reduce sweating at the injection site, the injections act quickly.

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What does sweating say

Sweat glands are located throughout the human body. They secrete a liquid that, when evaporated, helps to cool the body. This is how thermoregulation works. Sometimes the amount of sweat increases several times, this condition is called hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating can be localized and affect only the armpits or palms. Sometimes this condition extends to the whole body. In this case, the causes are most often associated with various pathologies.

What is hyperhidrosis

Humans have 2 types of sweat glands that differ in their functions and mechanisms of regulation:

  • fibers, where the main substance is adrenaline. They begin to function in adolescence, produce a secret with pheromones - an individual smell, under stress the function increases, but they do not participate in thermoregulation.
  • Eccrine glands - the largest number - in the armpits, on the feet and palms, secrete the liquid part of sweat. The main regulator of the function is acetylcholine. The glands are involved in thermoregulation and sweating during stress.

The work of the vegetative unequal system that controls the sweat glands is not controlled by consciousness. Therefore, it is impossible to cause increased sweating on its own, it increases in response to an increase in body temperature during illness, in hot weather or after exercise. Sweating increases with excitement, emotional stress, which leads to the release of adrenaline.

But the state of hyperhidrosis is different from normal sweat production. The glands work actively when a person is calm and does not overheat. It is often associated with various pathologies. Allocate diffuse hyperhidrosis, in which sweating increases throughout the body. The disease is often associated with pathology of the nervous system. Local, or focal hyperhidrosis, affects only one area of ​​the body. This form is the most common.

Sweating may be seasonal and occurs only during the hot season, but in most people with the pathology, it does not depend on the season.

Causes of excessive sweating

Dermatologists are most often treated by patients with a primary form of pathology, in which it is impossible to determine the cause. The first symptoms of hyperhidrosis appear during puberty. In girls and boys, this is due to an increase in the activity of the hormone testosterone and cortisol, the immaturity of the nervous system. Daily sweating becomes strong, activity increases in all types of sweat glands. Therefore, in adolescents, body odor increases.

It is believed that primary hyperhidrosis in 30-50% of patients is associated with hereditary factors. But the first symptoms can appear at the age of 20-30 years. They are provoked by chronic stress, hormonal changes and other reasons. The secondary form of increased armpit sweating is associated with the following conditions:

  • excitability and high activity of the autonomic nervous system;
  • endocrine pathologies, most often the state of hyperthyroidism, insulin resistance in diabetes mellitus;
  • diseases of the cardiovascular system, accompanied by a violation of the heart rhythm, palpitations;
  • certain types of malignant and benign tumors;
  • metabolic disorders and overweight;
  • overdose or side effects of drugs that affect the autonomic nervous system.

It is not always possible to determine the cause of heavy sweating. But it helps to effectively fight sweating.

Armpit sweating in women

In the female body, the release of a large amount of sweat depends on the hormonal background. When it changes, the interaction of various parts of the autonomic nervous system changes. This process is most pronounced during menopause.

With a decrease in ovarian function in women, their stimulation by pituitary hormones - follicle-stimulating and luteinizing - increases. But due to physiological characteristics, at the same time, the release of thyroid-stimulating hormone increases, which increases blood flow in the thyroid gland. Most often, this process starts in the evening or at night. It manifests itself in the form of hot flashes - the appearance of a feeling of heat in the upper body and head. The woman begins to sweat profusely. The duration of such an attack is several minutes.

You are more likely to experience heavy sweating if you are overweight. Violations of thermoregulation appear with arterial hypertension. These diseases also often progress after age 50. Hyperhidrosis in this case is secondary. It does not pose a danger to life, but it causes discomfort.

Underarm sweating in men

The male body is regulated by the hormone testosterone. It performs an anabolic function, speeds up metabolism. Men are also more sensitive to adrenaline. Therefore, small bursts of this hormone increase the heart rate, increase the reaction rate and lead to armpit sweating.

A man may sweat more than usual if he prefers hot and spicy food. Sweating of the armpits and the whole body increases greatly when drinking alcoholic beverages. In this case, hyperhidrosis is associated with metabolic processes, so the body removes toxic substances after the utilization of ethanol. Nicotine is a direct stimulant. It increases the synthesis of acetylcholine, which enhances the work of the sweat glands. Therefore, in men who smoke, sweating is a natural phenomenon.

Sweating occurs with severe nervous strain. The work of men is more likely than that of women to be associated with stress or hazardous activities.

Men are prone to obesity, metabolic disorders and arterial hypertension. The risk group includes those who lead an inactive lifestyle, have a large waist circumference at the age of 45-50. These disorders affect the tone of the sympathetic nervous system and sweating.

When to see a doctor

If a person begins to sweat during exercise, hot weather, or a lot of excitement, there is no cause for concern. Health problems are indicated by sweating, which occurs against the background of complete calm or is accompanied by additional symptoms.

Slightly elevated body temperature accompanied by night or evening sweats may be a sign of a chronic infection. Sometimes this is manifested by pulmonary tuberculosis, immune disorders, the initial stages of oncological diseases.

A dangerous symptom is the appearance of weakness, dizziness, loss of consciousness against the background of increased sweating. This may be a sign of low glucose levels - hypoglycemia. The condition is life-threatening and therefore requires emergency medical attention. Hyperhidrosis is cured only after normalization of glucose levels .

Older women who have menstrual irregularities and the first symptoms of approaching menopause require special treatment. Without special means ( Klimadinon , etc.), the condition may gradually worsen, menopause will be difficult.

Increased sweat secretion is one of the signs of thyrotoxicosis. This disease is accompanied by an increase in thyroid function and the release of elevated doses of hormones into the blood. At the same time, the heartbeat increases, heart rhythm disturbances appear, a person quickly loses body weight, despite the preservation of the nature of nutrition.

Treatments for excessive sweating

To get rid of excessive sweating, it is necessary to eliminate provoking factors. They start with simple measures:

  • eat warm food, refuse spicy food;
  • exclude alcohol from the diet;
  • stop smoking;
  • avoid stress or learn to control emotions.

Antiperspirant deodorants can help with mild cases. Vichy contains aluminum chloride and dimethicone to help regulate perspiration. Similar lineup in Dry Control Extra forte deodorant . For those who are allergic to deodorants, special Elfarm liners , which are also available in black, will help prevent clothing from soaking later.

Folk remedies help cure sweating. At home, prepare a decoction of mint, chamomile flowers, oak bark. In the solution, moisten a napkin, which wipe the problem areas. Baths with the addition of infusion on sage leaves are effective. But it is necessary to carry out therapeutic bathing no more than 1 time per week.

A cold compress can be used as an emergency treatment for increased sweating.

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