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Anhidrosis (Adiaphoresis) Print E-mail
by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Anhidrosis (also called adiaphoresis)is the inability to sweat which is, of course, a problem since to sweat is to be able to stay cool. Anhidrosis creates a dangerous inability to tolerate heat. common causes of anhidrosis are:

  • neurologic disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • heatstroke
  • diabetes
  • congenital disorders including as ectodermal dysplasia
  • drugs and medications
  • hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia
  • autonomic neuropathy
  • infections of sweat glands
  • trauma to sweat glands
  • burns
  • excessive dehydration

Treatment involves finding the cause and removing it. It is also important to take steps to prevent heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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