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Excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis is described and defined as sweating above and beyond the physiological needs of the body. A certain amount of sweat is normal and a compulsory part of our ability to regulate our body temperature and to be able to secrete certain chemicals which have no more use in our bodies. This site deals specifically with local / focal hyperhidrosis in which the hands and or feet are sweating excessively beyond normal levels. Total body sweating however is a separate issue that is beyond the framework of this segment. Total body hyperhidrosis is not cured or treated with surgery.

Excessive sweating as felt and experienced by the patient is a subjective matter. To measure this sweating in terms of quantity is a difficult task. It is very easy to talk with a patient who says that their hands are dripping wet and make a determination because his/her symptoms are clearly defined. In cases where the description is not of dripping hands or feet then the subjective and objective determination are then shifted to how much the patient suffers and is affected from that condition. If the excessive sweating bothers the patient in both a significant social and functional way then the consideration should be given to trying conservative measures first. If conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful then a careful evaluation by an experienced surgeon is mandatory to consider surgery.

The surgeries available now (ETS and ELS) have very proven track records of safety and high success rates. That being said the evaluation and discussion with the experienced surgeon is a very crucial step.

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  1. Anonymous  August 3, 2016

    What if your condition of hyperhidrosis is not to the point of dripping wet? Can you still get the surgery if all other methods have failed? It’s more of a constant damp feeling in the hands which still affects my social behaviors and every day life.
    Sue

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    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  August 3, 2016

      The best way to asses your situation with regard to the Hyperhidrosis is to talk with a surgeon who is familiar with this condition and the options available. You can call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

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  2. Maggie Dickhaut  February 6, 2016

    I have been doing research and at this moment I am literally leaving sweat prints all over the screen. I am very out going, but this effects my life in so many ways. I an only 13 years old and this has mainly been starting to bother me for the past 2 years. Sweat drips off my hand and on to my tests and all over my desk at school. I cannot complete things to the best of my ability, I can’t even shake hands. There are so many other difficulties it has for me. I play travel softball as well. But, it also is the same for my feet. It drips off and I can never wear flip flops in the summer! I do not know what I am going to do for my aunt’s summer wedding, I am the bridesmaid! I just get so frusturated! Is it possible to get surgery for both my hands and feet at the same time? Any suggestions for me?
    -Maggie

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    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 8, 2016

      Hi Maggie. As you describe you have a typical case of excessive hands and feet sweating. Palmar hyperhidrosis in medical terms. In order to get a better understanding of the situation it is better to call us at 310-557-3037 if you are located in the US. Since you are a minor please make sure to call with your parents as well. thanks.

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