Do I have Hyperhidrosis?

Excessive sweating, also known as 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. It gives us the ability 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. As a rule a thumb total body hyperhidrosis appears later in life (middle age and up) compared to focal hyperhidrosis that starts at a very young age.

Excessive sweating as felt and experienced by the patient is a very 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. Dripping sweat is a physical statement that clearly describes a severe case palmar or plantar hyperhidrosis.

In cases where the description doesn’t describe dripping hands or feet, it ultimately comes down to how much discomfort the patient feels as a result of the symptoms. If the excessive sweating bothers the patient in both a significant social and functional way, then the patient should first start using conservative treatment methods to see if they alleviate the problem. If conservative treatment measures are unsuccessful, then a careful evaluation by an experienced surgeon is mandatory to consider surgery. It is our policy that every patient should try some conservative treatment modalities given by a doctor. It also shows the insurance company that honest attempts were carried out by the patient to help him or her with this problem.

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


  1. Tyler  October 15, 2017

    Im a 27 year old man. I’ve been having embarrassing sweating disorders. Usually appearing on m hands, face, armpits and back. Can this be classified as Hyperhidrosis?
    It really affects my confidence during my day to day runnings as i interact with alot of people and this disorder is so embarrassing.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 15, 2017

      The cases of hyperhidrosis that are considered to be good candidates for the surgical treatment are those that affect the hands arm pits and feet. The other areas that you mentioned will not get any relief with the ETS. The scope of this response is wider so it will be better to discuss it verbally. Thanks

  2. Casey  July 30, 2017

    Hi there.
    I’m a 19 year old female. I remember my hands soaking wet for my kindergarten graduation. And pretty much every single day after that. When I was in my elementary basketball program I would have armpit sweat stains almost to my waist and I was the ONLY sweaty little girl. This was happening in second or third grade. Well before puberty. Could this be hyperhidrosis. I’ve tried everything doctors have gave me. And nothing works. I have athletes foot constantly because my feet are always so sweaty and won’t stay dry for it to heal. I never looked into it really. I just thought I was overly sweaty. But I know it’s not normal. And this is the first I’ve heard of hyperhidrosis

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 30, 2017

      From what you are describing you do have a case of Hyperhidrosis. The early onset and the fact that you have dripping sweat from your hands and feet are indicating that.
      If you reside in the USA give us a call at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  3. donna  June 29, 2017

    Hi I’m a 60 yr old woman who has suffered with hyperhidros all my life. This condition has been traumatic at many times during my life. I have had breast cancer and reconstruction bilaterally many years ago. Would I still be able to have this surgery with the implants and scar tissue that I have? Thank you.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 29, 2017

      Hi Donna. Thanks for your question and comments about your hyperhidrosis. If you live in the US it will be much easier to discuss it over the phone so you can call us at 310 557 3037 so I can shed more light on the various questions you might have about the excessive sweating you suffer from. Thanks

  4. Anonymous  February 16, 2017

    Hi im 13 year old girl, for the last few months I have been really sweaty in the armpits and the hands. I am not sure if it is puberty or if it is Hyperhidrois. I am always the sweatiest and I even sweat when im not doing exercise or even when im cold. I get quite nerovus around people so im not sure if it is that either. I told my mom and she said it was just me growing up but I think it is more than that. Thanks.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 17, 2017

      Hyperhidrosis or excessive focal sweating is not related to puberty. Subjects who suffer from it can develop early symptoms as young as toddlers. At a very young age it does not create as many problems as it does later in life with regard to functional and social problems.
      One should always some of the conservatives measures to treat hyperhidrosis and if those methods do not offer any relief than the surgical option is there.
      Since you are a minor you can call the office together with your parents to discuss the problem. Thanks

  5. Anonymous  February 16, 2017

    Hi I’m a 13 year old girl. I sweat a lot mainly in my armpits and hands even when I amnt doing anything. I sweat as much in a day as my friends do in a week. I have been searching hyperhidrosis and I’m pretty sure I have it but my mom says it’s just puberty. How can I tell?

  6. 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.

    • 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

  7. 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?

    • 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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