What are the chances of hyperhidrosis being cured on it’s own?

As all of us know medicine is not a science but an art. Unlike mathematics and other precise disciplines there are a lot of variables in medicine including hyperhidrosis. We always hear stories from relatives that they know somebody who had hyperhidrosis and it disappeared with time. Yes it can happen but the chance that someone with severe hyperhidrosis will have a spontaneous cure is very rare.

Patients that have a family history of hyperhidrosis have an even lower chance of a spontaneous cure from hyperhidrosis. This stems from the fact that the hyperhidrosis gene is not dominant but a recessive one so if it appears in the next generation in severe fashion most likely it will stay like that.

Some patients will have a history of a very severe manifestation of hyperhidrosis in the late teens and early twenties which improved over time but this is the exception not the rule. From time to time patients report hyperhidrosis after a an accident, operation or some sort of trauma but those cases are not genetically determined and they are very rare so no rule can be applied to them.

So far studies have not shown any evidence of transmission associated with sexual genes. Hyperhidrosis is almost equal in terms of distribution between men and women. Hyperhidrosis does not affect one sex more than the other although hyperhidrosis is typically more bothersome to women.

The question that one should ask him or herself is “how much the hyperhidrosis affects my life at present time?” Obviously at different ages there will be different answers and the most crucial years are those of late teens and early twenties. These are the times of sexual and social maturation, professional difficulties can determine the acuteness and the awareness of the problem. Many times we get calls from parents about their child in their early teens that witness the problems their children are going through even before the kids themselves are complaining. It is better always to let those kids express themselves and want to have a change. Again surgical intervention should be attempted only after conservative measures are tried.


  1. CMR  May 14, 2016

    Can this surgery be used for groin areas? I have all over body sweating. It started with hand, feet and underarms as a teen and now it has become an all over body issue.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 14, 2016

      ETS or ELS are not yet successful in treating groin area excessive sweating. The ETS is a good operation for excessive-severe hand sweating when conservatives methods were not effective. It also will help with arm pits sweating. The ELS is effective by eliminating excessive feet sweating in cases where ETS did not improved the feet sweating. Excessive groin sweating is a difficult problem that so far only local solutions such as lotions or pills might help.The best is to talk with the surgeon about this issue.

  2. Anonymous  March 28, 2015

    I was wondering is there any surgical here in Edmonton?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 28, 2015

      I`m not familiar with the surgeons in Alberta. If you want to get more information about the possible treatments methods for hyperhidrosis you can call our office at 310 557 3037. Thanks


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