Female Hyperhidrosis – Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments

Female Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis affects between 1.5% and 2% of the population. There is a significant number of cases in women as well as men. Hyperhidrosis has many social and functional implications that can affect women. This can be especially difficult for women in certain situations; ranging from being able to wear certain types of shoes or clothing to social and relationship settings, as well as workplace settings. Some patients express issues affecting self-confidence, frustration, and overall social inhibition due to this condition.

Female Feet Sweating

Severe feet sweating (plantar hyperhidrosis) usually affects women more than men. This may be due to women’s focus and style of footwear and fashion of today’s society. Patients who suffer from severe sweating, usually cannot wear certain types of shoes, such as high-heels or even sandals, due to the sliding from the excess sweat. Excess sweat can cause slipping, which some patients have reported causing accidents, falls, and ankle fractures. For patients not having the freedom to choose their preferred footwear can be a frustrating experience. Many of Dr. Reisfeld’s previous patients have expressed the liberating experience of wearing shoes again without the fear of embarrassment or for fear of their safety.

Of interest is the fact that young female patients, in their teens, who suffer from hyperhidrosis and already had the ETS procedure for their hands, are pushing more and more to get their ELS as well. This is because of the above mentioned problems they face where their plantar hyperhidrosis (excessive feet sweating) is becoming a major problem as much as it affects females in the somewhat higher age group.

Patients who experience excessive foot sweating that was not helped by the ETS procedure should consider the ELS procedure as a possible alternative solution. Learn more about foot sweating.

Female Hand Sweating

For women, their hands like their feet represent a very feminine characteristic. This is especially true when it comes to relationships and intimacy. Other important daily routine activities such as using a computer, smart phone, driving, or applying makeup, can pose certain challenges to those who are affected by palmar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating of the hands). If more conservative measures that are recommended for every patient are not successful than a surgical approach is often times considered. To learn more about the surgical procedure please visit our hand sweating page.

Female Armpit Sweating

Learn more about excessive armpit sweating treatment.

The surgery itself can offer a liberating experience for patients who have suffered from this condition for many years.

With regards to the cosmetic results, the ETS operation is done with minimal scarring. Many patients do not consider this a negative due to the relief that they experience after the procedure. Surgical solutions should only be considered after other more conservative and alternative methods are tried first.


  1. James Raymond  March 4, 2017

    My girlfriend has such sweaty socks after she comes home after a long day.She works for a home improvement store..and is on her feet all day…She has insoles..and odor eaters but when she takes those socks off..well,run me and the dog out of the house. .any advice??

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 4, 2017

      Hi James. Does your girl friend suffer from only foot sweating or she also suffer from hand sweating?? In order to be able to answer your question more information is needed. If you reside in the US please give us a call at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  2. Nancy Johnson  January 25, 2015

    I have excessive sweating on my head. It is like it rains. Anything can help?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 26, 2015

      Excessive facial and head sweating is not well treated with endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. It is usually affecting patients in the older age group and the majority are females. It has to do with hormonal changes. The operation is not recommended because it can cause severe compensatory sweating. There are few medications that can be tried. Read the section about facial sweating on our web site. Thanks