When to see a doctor

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Call 911 or get emergency medical help
Sweating by itself is rarely a medical emergency. However, if sweating is accompanied by additional symptoms — such as chills, lightheadedness, or chest or stomach pain — seek immediate medical attention. A cold sweat can be your body's response to an underlying problem, such as a heart attack.

Schedule a doctor's visit
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • You suddenly begin to sweat more than usual.
  • Sweating disrupts your daily routine.
  • You experience night sweats for no apparent reason.

Most types of excessive sweating respond well to treatment.

Sept. 21, 2012