Just to be clear the term hyperhidrosis should be divided into two parts.
Focal Hyperhidrosis – In Specific Areas
This type of hyperhidrosis is the type of excessive sweating that is most bothersome to people, especially in their younger years. The condition also affects patients later in their life. Usually this is specific to affecting the hands and feet and sometimes the hands, feet and armpits together.
For this particular type of hyperhidrosis the ETS (hand sweating) operations and ELS (foot sweating) operations can provide an extremely successful and reliable solution. This should be attempted only if conservative measures were tried first and did not help. The operations have a high success rate of 98-99% with a very low recurrence rate. Side effects such as compensatory sweating are a constant byproduct of this operation but fortunately in most of the cases the compensatory sweating is vastly preferred over the original condition and mild to moderate overall.
Facial hyperhidrosis, where excessive sweating is only in the scalp – facial area is not recommended to be treated with ETS. To learn more about this see our facial blushing / sweating page.
Generalized Hyperhidrosis – Total Body Hyperhidrosis
In contrast to the term focal hyperhidrosis (hands, feet and armpits) generalized hyperhidrosis denotes a condition where a patient sweats excessively from different parts of the body such as scalp, face, body. The biggest group belongs to older age patients. A major part of this old age group is female who are going the aging process with hormonal imbalances (menopause), etc. It represents a difficult task for the treating physicians but no surgery is involved. Beside aging certain ailments such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, thyroid malfunction, hormonal imbalances and certain medications can cause generalized hyperhidrosis. Again here a careful evaluation of medications used, infections, eating habits should all be discussed with the treating physician.