What symptoms of sweating and body odor are cause for concern?

  • Frequent sweating or sweat-soaked clothing, even when not physically active or in a warm setting
  • Sweating so heavy that it interferes with daily activities such as trying to hold a pen, turn a doorknob or use a computer
  • Sweating while sleeping
  • Skin consistently damp with sweat
  • Frequent skin infections in body areas prone to sweating
  • A fruity body odor, which could indicate diabetes
  • A bleach-like body odor, which could be a sign of liver or kidney disease
  • A sudden change in body odor or increase in sweating

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/09/2018.


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