What are the chances of hyperhidrosis being cured on its own?
Unlike mathematics and other precise disciplines of science, there are many variables in medicine and health conditions, including hyperhidrosis. There are some cases where people with hyperhidrosis have experienced the condition disappearing over time. However, while this can happen, the chances of this condition spontaneous disappearing in someone with severe hyperhidrosis is very rare.
Patients with a family history of hyperhidrosis have an even lower chance of hyperhidrosis clearing up on its own. This stems from the fact that the hyperhidrosis gene is not a dominant gene, but a recessive one. To simplify the last statement it means that the manifestation of hyperhidrosis depends on two genes, one from the father and one from the mother. So the balance between these two genes that come from a different origin (father or mother) also depends on the rest of the genome. This is why we see this variability in the expression of the severity of hyperhidrosis. This is also why in some families with a genetic history of hyperhidrosis not everyone will inherit hyperhidrosis and with the same severity.
In some cases, patients may experience a very severe manifestation of hyperhidrosis in their late teens to early twenties. However, the condition improved over time. This is an exception to the general rule. From time to time patients report hyperhidrosis after an accident, operation, or some sort of trauma in these cases, which are very rare, the condition is not genetically determined. Therefore, the typical rules of this condition do not apply to these types of patients.
Studies have not shown any evidence that this condition is associated with one gender’s genes over the other. Hyperhidrosis is almost equal in terms of distribution between men and women, and it does not affect one gender more than the other. However, hyperhidrosis is typically more bothersome to women rather than men.
A question that patients should ask himself or herself is “How much does hyperhidrosis affect my life at on a day to day basis?” The answer to this question may vary based on the age of the patient. Patients in their crucial social years of early adult life may find that this condition affects them greatly in social situations, as well as professional situations. It is at this time that most people become aware of the problem. We often get calls from parents, with children in their early teenage years, who witness the issue even before the children themselves complain of symptoms. It is important to let these children express themselves and their desire to reduce the symptoms of this condition. Surgical intervention should only be attempted after more conservative measures have been exhausted first.
- Can all types of hyperhidrosis (hands, feet, & armpits) be cured with one operation?
- How much does the surgery cost?
- Can hyperhidrosis be corrected?