Hyperhidrosis Symptoms

While doctors don’t know why excessive sweating starts, the most likely cause is genetics. Medical Scientists have successfully linked hyperhidrosis to an over-activity in the sympathetic nervous system, which is genetically determined.

In cases of palmar hyperhidrosis (hand sweating), the responsible sympathetic ganglia that receive the signal for that abnormal activity are located within the upper part of the chest cavity. In cases of plantar hyperhidrosis (foot sweating), the responsible sympathetic ganglia that receive the wrong signal are located within a section of the lumbar sympathetic chain. This is a simplified way of explaining the complex anatomical and neurological basis for excessive local hyperhidrosis (Excessive sweating of the Hands, Feet & Armpits).

Further explanation of the problem can be divided into two categories:

  • Generalized hyperhidrosis – Over the entire body.
  • Focal (Localized) hyperhidrosis – Focused in one area. (Hands, Feet, Face, Armpit)

Causes of Excessive Sweating – Generalized Hyperhidrosis

In cases with generalized hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating can appear in most parts of the body. It can happen on the face, body, and extremities. In those cases, most of the patients do have some other systemic problems such as obesity, febrile illnesses, some sort of neoplastic disease (cancers), or some endocrinological disorders (thyroid glands, etc).

A search for a specific reason to explain excessive sweating in general can be long. A cause cannot be found in every case, in which case the diagnosis of idiopathic hyperhidrosis can be applied to those cases. Idiopathic meaning “unknown.” Cases of generalized hyperhidrosis usually appear in the adult population, where cases of focal hyperhidrosis (hands, feet, armpits) usually start at a younger age.

It is not uncommon to hear mothers call about their infants who suffer from excessive sweating. This is more bothersome to the parents than the child at that time. It is usually later in life, when the child has more social and functional needs such as school, that hyperhidrosis can become a serious and bothersome issue.

Another common situation that is asked about very often, is the manifestation of upper body sweating in elderly patients, especially elderly women. This could present a unique situation where aging, hormonal changes, weight, and lack of activity can contribute to this particular type of sweating. Even though it is a common question, a specific cause cannot be identified.

As a result, an effective treatment is not always easy to find. Another common location of excessive sweating that patients mention is hairline sweating and scalp sweating. It is described by patients as if they just got out of the shower. This is another form of sweating which is not responsive to current surgical treatment. This would be more closely associated with facial hyperhidrosis.

Causes of Excessive Sweating – Focal Hyperhidrosis

In focal hyperhidrosis, there are specific sites where excessive sweating occurs. The most common areas of the body are the hands, armpits, and feet. In these cases of focal hyperhidrosis, the most likely explanation is a genetic trait.

We know that in most studies, a genetic connection was shown in about 50% to 60% of the cases. Even though the genetic connection is very well established genetic manipulation for the purpose of treatment is still a very long ways off. Dr. Reisfeld believes one day this will be a key element in the treatment of focal hyperhidrosis.

This sympathetic chain innervates the glands (supplies with nerve endings), known as the apocrine and eccrine glands, responsible for perspiration throughout the entire body. The eccrine sweat glands are mainly concentrated in the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. In most cases, the hands and feet are affected. To a lesser degree, the face and armpits (axilla) regions are affected. Another possible manifestation of the hyperactive sympathetic activity is facial blushing.

It used to be a common thought that excessive hand sweating was caused by an overactivity of the thyroid gland, but over the years this was disproved. Another theory was that patients who suffered from anxiety problems would have excessive hand sweating. This was also proven to be wrong, as patients can have severe palmar hyperhidrosis (hand sweating) even in the most relaxed settings.

Having said that, it is still true that anxiety and or socially unpleasant situations can add to this, just as they would affect a person without hyperhidrosis. This is because of the secretion of sympathetic-like materials/hormones (mediators) from different organs in the body.

Sometimes people sweat heavily because of other illnesses, such as hyperthyroidism, psychiatric disorders, menopause, obesity, and some medications. These causes must first be ruled out before Primary Hyperhidrosis can be diagnosed. Dr. Reisfeld speaks with potential candidates for the procedure over the phone or in person to review their condition and advise them of their best options.

Sweating Symptoms:

Sweat can occur in many different areas on the body. Most commonly, focal hyperhidrosis occurs on the palms of the hands. In such cases, this condition is known as Palmar Hyperhidrosis. But hyperhidrosis is not just limited to the hands. It can also occur on the face, the soles of the feet (plantar), and in the armpits (axillae).

Regardless of where it occurs, excessive sweating presents an incredible difficulty to those living with the condition. When the act of shaking hands presents a problem, business and day-to-day life can become very uncomfortable. Many patients report that they are embarrassed to hold the hands of those they love and those they are closest to.

Some patients report that the sweat prevents them from being as sociable and intimate as they would like to be, as they are forced to hide in the shadow of hyperhidrosis. Other problems occur, such as smeared ink when writing, or an inability to use electronic devices such as keyboards and computers. Driving with excessive hand sweating can become hazardous as well.

There are several cases of broken ankles due to excessive foot sweating causing slips from shoes or sandals. Recently a patient was seen with a very nasty broken left ankle after a slip and fall due to an extreme case of plantar hyperhidrosis. This and other cases show that it is not only the functional or embarrassing feet sweating but it is also a safety issue which cannot be ignored by the patient or the insurance companies when it comes to the justification for the treatment.

Hyperhidrosis can deeply affect people socially and functionally in their everyday lives. Thankfully, there is a proven surgical solution for the condition.

Hyperhidrosis is a constant challenge:

By saying this we do not mean that it happens 24 hours a day, but we’re referring to the fact that it happens on a daily basis. For example, the vast majority of patients who suffer from hyperhidrosis have dry hands and feet at night. Very few patients will describe excessive sweating during night time.

The explanation for this is that during night time the sympathetic activity in the body declines to a minimal level. Subsequently, blood pressure and pulse rate are also down. Constant sweating also means that it happens in winter as well as in summer. If the patient is afflicted with hyperhidrosis, then it becomes a constant issue.

In rare occasions, a small number of patients will describe reduction in the amount of excessive sweating as they grow older. This can happen due to some unknown genetic changes.


Is the anatomy of the sympathetic chain the same for everyone?
No, although the sympathetic chain is similar in most people, in some cases it may be different. Only very experienced surgeons will be able to identify the abnormality and solve any issues presented.

Does diabetes have anything to do with hyperhidrosis?
There is no correlation between diabetes and hyperhidrosis, but patients who have diabetes might also have hyperhidrosis. Uncontrolled diabetes can produce generalized body hyperhidrosis, which is different from focal hyperhidrosis (armpits, hands, feet). View our complete page on hyperhidrosis and diabetes.

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  1. Cindy  July 9, 2018


    I have had a problem with sweating since my 20’s I am now 47. I do not think its the change because I’m still having a normal menstral cycle,Ive never had kids. I do not sweat in the winter just when it gets hot. My body temperature has always been very warm all year through,my ex used to love to put his cold hands and feet on me because I’m like a furnace at night but like said no sweating around the hairline,I don’t feel the cold that much,I actually love it when it’s winter,people think I’m mad lol. The only parts of me that will still slightly sweat is my right armpit in winter. But in summer My right armpit sweats a lot I normally put a bit of kitchen roll there cause that stops it from showing on my clothes and absorbs the moisture. I also sweat around my hairline and the back of my neck it ends up going down my back and into my eyes,I have to keep mopping it dry but then it comes straight back. it’s like I can’t breath because my body tempreture is going so high. People say wear this and wear that,I turn round to them and say I could walk down the road in my birthday suit and it will still be the same. My hands do not poor with sweat only when I take off my latex carers gloves,then they are wringing wet,but they are always very warm. My feet do sweat a bit and and get very hot, sometimes I notice they will smell by the end of the day as I have to do a lot of walking with the job I do,but it’s only in the summer. I’ve tried a lot of deodorants but I have not found anything that really works for the underarms. My dad suffers with the same problem he’s as bad as I am,my mum is like it a bit she said her body gets really hot like mine,my brother is also the same as myself and my dad. I don’t feel very feminine lol.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 9, 2018

      Dear Cindy. From your description you do not have a typical case of excessive hand and feet sweating for which we offer a surgical solution for hyperhidrosis. I can not tell you what is the reason for this clinical presentation and the only thing I can suggest is to meet a good internist who can help you with your problem.

  2. Adam  March 15, 2018

    28 year old male. I have had muscle aches only on my arms and hands for months now. And have sweaty palms. Can’t work out what has triggered it, it does seem to be an exercise induced thing either.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 15, 2018

      There should not be a connection between hyperhidrosis and muscle aches in your arms.

  3. Melvin  December 10, 2017

    My hands sweat a lot I am 15 is it bad.. any treatment I can get

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  December 10, 2017

      Dear Melvin. At your age the social and the functional problems that can come from excessive hand and feet sweating are showing their highest effect on those patients. Hyperhidrosis can be treated with conservative methods and if those fail the surgical options are also available. You should start talking to your family doctor and you can also read about the different options on the web site (sweaty-palms.com ) This will help you planing your next step. You also can cal us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  4. Tunji  November 13, 2017

    Hi, am 21 years old and I think I have hyperhidrosis. I have been battling with it for almost 10 years now. I basically sweat on my hands, feet and armpit. It has affected my social life. Is there any cure or remedy for it.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 13, 2017

      Hi. From the short and very simple e mail it seems that you suffer from hyperhidrosis.
      Are your hands sweating to the level of dripping or it is just moist??
      You should try some conservative methods before you make any further decisions.
      If you are in the US you can call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

      • Tunji  November 13, 2017

        My hand are mostly moist but sometimes drip. Do you mind suggesting any conservative method. Thanks..

        • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 14, 2017

          Excessive hand sweating that can at some times reach a dripping level is considered a severe case of palmar hyperhidrosis. It also depends how often the dripping level occurs. On our web site there is a section that talks about the conservative methods to deal with excessive hand sweating. Once you read the section you will have some knowledge about those methods and you can ask your local doctor to prescribe you the lotions or the oral medications. Try them for about 10-14 days and see what kind of help you can get.
          If you have more questions you can call us at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  5. Latasha  October 8, 2017

    My daughter is 8 and has suffered from her hands and feet sweaty at most times even during winter since she was four. She’s gonna be nine soon and it’s so embarrassing to her so far doctors haven’t been able to help have tried everything. She sweats so bad that her school paperwork gets wet and when you wipe her hands they are just as wet.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  October 13, 2017

      Hi Latasha . Your daughter is too young at present to be treated surgically for her hyperhidrosis. You will have to wait with this until the age of 13.
      In the meantime she should try some conservative methods. Thanks

  6. Mike  February 18, 2017

    I have severe hyperhidrosis of my whole body that I have been battling for 17 years now and I cannot get any relief. I have been to different doctors that cannot help me and I cannot live like this anymore. It’s literally my whole body(hands, feet, head, back, butt, legs, stomach) and the worst part is my butt sweats so much that no matter what when I stand up there is a outline of my butt on whatever I sit on and I sweat through my pants instantly, I cannot continue to live life like this. Doctors have not provided any help and I have tried hundreds of natural remedies as well. I need serious help to fix my issue because I cannot live life like this. Please help

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 20, 2017

      The case that you are describing is really a unique one and not the typical hands and feet excessive sweating. You have more of a generalized hyperhidrosis than a focal one which is limited to the hands feet and also the arm pits.
      You have to discuss those issues with a surgeon who is familiar with the topic of hyperhidrosis. If you do the ETS you might get more sweating in those areas that you already sweat excessively.

      You can call to the office at 310 557 3037 and get more explanations about it. Thanks

    • Tina  September 5, 2017

      Wow I’m so sorry but now I can understand how my 16 yr old son feels soon to be 17 he also sweats in the butt area an describe how you just did been going on for a yr now just came from er they say hyperhidrosis but he also wants a cure tried everything an he says its very embarrassing to him he is in highschool I hope when he goes to doc next week we can do something about it don’t know what it is caused by he also sweats in palms I do no he has a touch of anxiety but pray something works an pray you find help

      • Center For Hyperhidrosis  September 5, 2017

        Hi Tina. Butt sweating can come together with palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. Un fortunately neither the ETS or the ELS can help with the butt sweating and doing this operation might increase his butt sweating which will be un pleasant to him.

  7. Vaishnavi  February 17, 2017

    Does hyperhydrosis has any relation with underweight problems??

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 17, 2017

      Usually hyperhidrosis has nothing to do with underweight.

  8. daisy  January 17, 2017

    For years now I sweat at night, not during the day. I turn around in my bed to find a cool place. This happens no matter what the temperature is outside. The last couple of months i wake up catching my breath, and serious pain around the midline and back of my body. From the lower rib to my belly and on the back. Can not sleep on my back side.Also my stomach starts burning. Once I start breathing normally I turn around and sleep again. Im 50 and not ovulating anymore since 2012. During the day I have no flushing or menopausal signs.
    thnx daisy

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 17, 2017

      Night sweating is not real essential hyperhidrosi,palmar hyperhidrosis as is know amoung physicians. You are describing a situation that is heard often from female patients around your age. I believe it is some sort of hormonal issue. Obviously no surgery is needed. A good internist or a gynecologist can help you out.

  9. Angela H  January 5, 2017

    I just now decided to look this up and am surprised it took me this long. I’ve had sweaty hands and feet for as long as I can remember as well. I am a 35 year old female and didn’t even know it was a condition. After reading the comments I completely relate and would like to know more about treatment.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 5, 2017

      In order to get the best information about hyperhidrosis and the options available for you is to call us at 310-557-3037. Thanks

  10. Janet Wells  September 17, 2016

    I am a 64 years old woman, not active, overweight, diabetic, and no thyroid. For the past 2 years I have severe hyperhidrosis around my face and neck. When I am mainly in a store shopping I start dripping sweat profusely and literally have to mop my face and back hairline. Once I leave the store and sit down I rehydrate and it will gradually stop. I am on insulin and my diabetes is fairly well controlled. I take thyroid medication and blood pressure meds as well as meds for kidney stones. My blood sugar when checked during these episodes is generally normal to high (160-220). It is so frustrating to even go to a store because it now happens every single time. I have gotten to where I don’t even want to go anymore. You can literally wring a paper towel out with so much sweat.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  September 18, 2016

      Excessive neck and facial/head hyperhidrosis is not treated with surgery. This complaint is not uncommon among ladies in you age group. I guess it is related to some age/hormonal issues.Sorry for not being able to help.

  11. Brooke  June 19, 2016

    Hi, I feel like I have an odd case (though I’m sure from a doctor’s perspective maybe not!) however I am a 38 year old female, in decent shape (5′ 7″ and about 160 lbs) and live in hot, humid Florida. I know I could lose a few pounds, but this weight gain has been gradual after having kids etc. My sweating comes out of NOWHERE, and is usually on the trunk of my body my forehead and even my legs??? NEVER my hands or feet. Its so embarrassing, I always have armpit, chest or leg sweat and it is mortifying. I always recall “sweating more than others” in high school or college, but it seems ridiculous as of late. Unless AC is cold or a fan is blowing on me, I sweat. Is there something one can do for treatment of sweat in those areas? Otherwise I feel I am a healthy, somewhat active, young woman……thank you in advance for any input.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 22, 2016

      According to your comment you do not have a typical case of primary focal hyperhidrosis(hands and feet) so the surgical approach is not for you. Thanks

      • Brooke  June 22, 2016

        are oral antibiotics worth a shot?

        • Center For Hyperhidrosis  June 22, 2016

          It was never shown that oral antibiotics have any value in the treatment of hyperhidrosis.

          • Dawn  March 14, 2017

            i had to take vicodin for back surgery for 8 mths and ive been taking xanax forr anxiety for yrs, ( i am 52). i am as dry as a cucumber when in i take this medication. or even just the vicodin alone. why cant chemist put something together. it is the only thing that works for me and i have started to sweat now in my groin area as well!!! besides all over. armpits ,under brests, hands,feet. always armpits, since i was a kid but this other sweating started about 2 yrs ago!!!!!!! help me

          • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 14, 2017

            Your case is not a typical one for hyperhidrosis. The age of onset and what you describe is not the one that I treat with surgery. Thanks

  12. Misty  April 27, 2016

    Please help. I just turned 32 and I’ve had hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. My hands, feet, armpits and groin all sweat profusely. It seriously affects my everyday life as I am a makeup artist and graduate next month as a medical aesthetician. It is horribly embarrassing to have sweat dripping from my hands as I’m trying to apply makeup to clients or performing electrolysis. I can only wear certain sandals/flip flops as my feet sweat so bad that I slide right off of certain shoes. I can be freezing but sweating from my armpits. The groin area is the worst as it comes with an embarrassing odor. It’s hard to hide it. I wear bladder leakage panty liners, not for incontinence but to soak up the sweat. I cringe when someone reaches to shake my hand. It’s awful. I’m a mom of 3 with no insurance and I’m desperately seeking options on permanent solutions. Please help!!! Any advice??

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  May 1, 2016

      Thanks for the comment Misty. Rarely the combination of focal hyperhidrosis comes with hand, armpit, feet and groin. The excessive hand and feet sweating as well as armpit sweating can be helped with ETS with a high degree of success. Excessive feet sweating will benefit from ELS as a separate procedure. Unfortunately excessive groin sweating associated with some bad odors so far has not enjoyed the same success rate as the other sites of the body. I’m sorry I do not have better news for you on this topic.

  13. SI  November 27, 2015


    I’m a 33 year old female that is suffering from plantar hyperhidrosis. This started ~1.5-2 years ago. Prior to this, I did not have or at least never noticed sweaty feet. Of note, I had open heart surgery when I was 30 years of age. Is there any possibility that nerves could have been damaged during the surgery?

    I can’t seem to figure out why I have developed sweaty feet over the last couple of years. I have seen an endocrinologist and there doesn’t seem to be any secondary causes. The sweating is quite profuse and my feet do get a little sweaty even at night and when I’m bare feet. Topical prescription strength antiperspirants do not help at all. It has significantly affected my quality of life.

    Thank you.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 27, 2015

      Your case is not a typical one of patients who have palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis. If you got it only after you had your open heart surgery it could be related but I can not tell you why. The fact that it is not atypical case makes it even harder to tell you what to do. ELS as a solution can be done but it has to be discussed very carefully. You can cal the office at 310-557-3037. Thanks.

  14. Jo Eaves  September 4, 2015

    Hello Dr. R I’m an 82 yr-old female in good health. Had hysterectomy @ 36, take prescribed levothyroxine .075 mg 4 days/wk and .088mg 3 days/wk to adjust up & down thyroid labs. Other over-the-counter meds are for allergies and vitamins. Prescribed for
    allergies Qvar, Flonase and Allegra or Mucinex.
    During hot summer inside with AC & fans blowing during extreme temps body will become clammy and wet throughout my torso creating very hot feeling and wetness
    more extreme than necessary. Outside in garden sweating pours from scalp, hair and pubic
    area (of course outside work, etc will cause sweat, but to this degree?) Would be grateful for any input you can give me. Thanks, Jo

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  September 4, 2015

      This type of sweating is pretty much age related due to some aging process that all of us are going through. Mainly affecting women at this age. This type of excessive sweating is different from the focal hyperhidrosis that I`m dealing with. Cases like yours are not treated with ETS or any surgical solution. A good internist or Gynecologist or Endocrinologist can walk you through this issue and might give you some relief. Thanks

  15. Beck  July 28, 2015

    I have had excessive sweating of all pores of my entire body since experiencing a severe head injury 43 years ago, when I was 12 years old. My hands sweat so badly that I can’t even wear gloves to shovel the snow in the winter, because the gloves will drip of water and take days by the heater to dry out. My arms, back, neck, head, stomach, chest, legs, hands and feet sweat to the extent that they are as wet as if I just came out of a shower without drying. Also, heat causes severe headaches, and causes me to feel very sick.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  July 29, 2015

      The history that you gave with regard to the head injury makes your case not the typical one for which I perform the ETS for excessive hand sweating. I do not want to offer you the operation due to this fact.

    • Dorothy Hey  February 14, 2016

      I have started this horrible sweating about a month ago. I am 84 years old and don’t thnk it is hot flushes. It comes on at the most unusual times,,sitting having a meal, sitting at meetings, when I have visitors and it is worse when I go to bed. I have no pain at all but do get the occasional slight headache Face. hand, feet , most of my. body. Living in Central Otago N.Z. where we have had 30o plus for a few weeks doesn’t help.
      Comments please.

      • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 14, 2016

        The situation you are describing is common at times in the older age group. This type of excessive sweating is not treated with surgery. It has to do with the aging process and I have no clue what is the reason for that.

  16. satyam  April 22, 2015

    i get excess sweat on my palm and feet due to which i feel very uncomfortable between my friends , can u please suggest me name of the pills which are effective in this case because i don’t want to undergo a surgery.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  April 22, 2015

      You can visit the web site sweaty-palms.com where you can read about alternative treatment options for excessive hands and feet sweating.

  17. Maharshi  April 7, 2015

    Dear Sir,

    I m vitamin D deficient. I am suffering from palm sweating.
    I have also started supplementary of vitamin D.
    so please please tell me that vitamin D deficiency causes palm sweating or not ?

    Please help me.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  April 7, 2015

      Vit. D deficiency has no correlation to Hyperhidrosis.

  18. astha  March 22, 2015

    My hand palm nd feet are always wet due to excessive sweating please help me to cure it i feel very much problem nd embarresment please help me to cure this problem

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 22, 2015

      In order to give you a detailed answer to yor question about palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis you should call the office (310 557 3037) or talk to a surgeon who has the knowledge to help you out. It depends where you are located. Thanks

  19. francis  March 18, 2015

    Is there any other way to reduce or cure hyperhidrosis?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 19, 2015

      There are some conservatives/alternatives methods to treat excessive hand and feet sweating. Basically speaking none of those methods are effective. Having said that every patient should try some of those modalities and keep records of the treatment that was tried. You can read all the information about it on the sweaty-palms.com site in the section of alternative methods. You can also call the office at 310 557 3037. Thanks

  20. Caitlyn  March 12, 2015

    Hand , feet, arms pits sweat and stink. Hands don’t stink but the sweat drips off my elbows. Shoes are ruined after 6 wears….they smell so bad I have to throw them out.
    Would I need to see endocrinologist?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  March 12, 2015

      What you are describing is a typical presentation of palmar, plantar and axillary hyperhidrosis. I’m almost sure that you don’t need an endocrinologist to diagnose what you have, because most likely your endocrine functions are totally normal. If you still want to see an endocrinologist, that’s OK, but I don’t see any need to.

  21. Mitchel  February 13, 2015

    Hi I have sweating in the hands feet and underarms. Like someone’s above stated it occurs more when I’m with people or in a state where I feel stressed or nervous. When I am alone It occurs sometimes but more often when I’m with people.
    Does that sounds like hyperhidrosis? Or does it just happen because I’m nervous. I do sweat a lot but not always is the sweat on my palms dripping -more on my feet or underarms
    Please help

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 13, 2015

      Hi Mitchel. What you are describing is a typical case of primary hyperhidrosis. It is a genetic issue that affects about 1.5% of the population. You can not control the times you sweat or not. It can happen at any time and obviously being around people increase the lavel of awareness which in turn can cause more excessive hands and feet sweating.The first thing you have to try some conservative measures and if you do not get any help,and you are suffering from excessive sweating than the endoscopic sympathectomy is a good option.

  22. Ahmed  February 10, 2015

    I suffer from severe sweating of hands and feet.I have noticed that my sweating is stress induced.When I am alone,I sweat very less. As soon as i am in some gathering where I have the fear of people seeing my sweat,I begin to sweat heavily. Looking at my sweat increases my anxiety levels thereby intensifying my sweating even further. It is just a vicious cycle. Calming myself in such situation helps me but thoughts of that people will be seeing my sweat makes me start sweating again.
    I have tries using strong antiperspirants like Drysol but still the situation is not getting better. I have heard of the surgical solutions but to be honest, I do not want to come under knife.Moreover, I am from an Asian country in which no such surgical treatment is available.
    Hopefully you can figure out a solution for my problem

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 10, 2015

      What you are describing is a typical case of Palmar and Plantar hyperhidrosis. In the vast majority of the cases conservative treatments are with very little or no help. The ETS and ELS are now the only modalities helping to help with those conditions. I wish you luck to find help.

  23. Susan meier  February 8, 2015

    I am a female 65 yrs old. My problem is that I have constant sweating, by which I mean both during the winter and summer months, of the back of my head. It can and does happen at different times, while either sitting idle or up moving around whether it be light activity or heavy. It will all of a sudden happen and I am profusely sweating on the back of my head and my hair is dripping wet. This can occur while sitting in church, at a meeting or social event or even while sitting at home. It is very embarrassing and I can’t stop it and it takes about 30 – 45 minutes to stop. Is there aything that I can take to control this problem and is this considered hyperhydrosis? I have had this problem for several years but within the last year or so it has been getting much worse. Can you suggest something I could try to alleviate this very embarrassing problem?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 8, 2015

      Your case is one of cranio-facial hyperhidrosis. In particular it happens to females in your age group.The exact reason is not clear and it is a mistake to offer you a surgical option. In the past there were some surgeons who offered ETS for patients with isolated Facial hyperhidrosis but it proved not to be a good solution. As for my self the only approach I use are some medications. The success rate is limited but one can try it. The name of the medications is in the web site sweaty-palms.com in the section of alternative methods. Your case is unlike palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis where ETS or ELS provide an excellent option. Good luck.

  24. mehdi  February 1, 2015

    how are , my name mehdi i m suffer from sweating hand ,feet ,and armpit from my childhood so my life is so bleak and you know why . i wonder if there is a solution for that and surgery is more effect solution ….thank you

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  February 1, 2015

      Excessive hands,arm pits and feet sweating is known as Hyperhidrosis. It is a genetic disorder that affects about 1-11/2% of the population. One can try conservative methods such as lotions or pills but with severe cases the success rate is very limited or none. You can read all the information about it at sweaty-palms.com Surgery is the only way to provide with a long term treatment which is very successful. Thanks

  25. Laura  January 30, 2015

    Hi…I had this problem since I was very young…I wanted to get the surgery but they told me that the changes of it returning were high….how true is that.

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  January 30, 2015

      Hi Laura. Basically speaking it is not true. Like in any other surgical procedure there is always a very slight possibility for a recurrence. In the cases of Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) the recurrence rate is around 1%. It is a very low possibility. The operation is very effective in eliminating excessive Palmar hyperhidrosis. It is less effective with excessive feet sweating(Plantar Hyperhidrosis) but the 2nd operation ,Lumbar Sympathectomy is very effective in eliminating excessive feet sweating. You can call our office for more details.Thanks

  26. Steven draiz  December 12, 2014

    Hi…who do i go to to check my complete body setup coz i dont know if i hav diabetes or any other body problem

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  December 17, 2014

      Hi Steven, In regards to your brief comment, you did not mention whether or not you are suffering from excessive hand or feet sweating (Hyperhidrosis), basically speaking, those patients suffering from this condition do not have any detectable abnormalities in their blood work. Not knowing any of your personal medical data, you should be checked by your primary care physician. If you do feel that you suffer from Hyperhidrosis, we are happy to speak with you at our office. Feel free to contact us via phone.

  27. Ken Cox  November 25, 2014

    Is it possible for something to make it happen after a bad gunshot with a bullet still lodged in the body has been for years over 8 yrs?

    • Center For Hyperhidrosis  November 30, 2014

      Not knowing the exact nature of your injury does not allow me to give you a very precise answer. Basically said, a gunshot injury should not cause excessive hand and feet sweating unless there is a specific area of the injury (spinal cord) that can initiate symptoms of excessive sweating.