Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?

Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?


How is hyperhidrosis inherited?

Researchers have concluded hyperhidrosis is inherited as an expression of an autosomal dominant gene. However, the exact genes associated with the disorder have not yet been isolated.

Is hyperhidrosis a genetic disorder?

Yes. Hyperhidrosis is believed to be a reflection of inherited genetic traits. If you have at least one parent who has suffered from hyperhidrosis, you are more likely to develop it yourself.

Is hyperhidrosis dominant or recessive?

Researchers currently believe hyperhidrosis is associated with a dominant gene.

Can hyperhidrosis be cured?

Hyperhidrosis cannot be completely eliminated in those who have developed it. However, there are medications and other treatments that reduce symptoms for many sufferers:


During this treatment, a low electrical current is passed through the patient’s body while he or she sits with hands or feet positioned in a tray of water. The treatment is repeated a few times a week for a month or two and produces a significant reduction in sweating for some people. Once you are familiar with the technique, you can use a portable iontophoresis machine for at-home care.


Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment refined from botulinum toxin. It is recognized by the FDA to treat episodes of excessive sweating of the underarms. Some doctors have used it for the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Botox suppresses the release of a chemical that activates the sweat glands. Results can last for nearly a year.

Anticholinergic Drugs

These oral prescription drugs prevent activation of the sweat glands at the source. They are used as a treatment of last resort because they can have more serious side effects than other options. Among these are blurred vision, heart palpitations, and difficulties with urination.

Can hyperhidrosis be cured naturally?

Hyperhidrosis cannot be cured. Natural remedies have a very limited effect on the condition. St. John’s Wort, sage, chamomile, and valerian root have all been suggested as potential treatments. Be careful administering these and other natural substances, as they may have severe side effects.

Is hyperhidrosis a disability?

Hyperhidrosis is generally not recognized as a disability. Older people with the most severe form of the condition may sometimes be considered disabled, although this is rare. To find out more, consider consulting an attorney who specializes in disability law.

How common is hyperhidrosis?

Experts estimate about 2%-3% of Americans suffer from some form of hyperhidrosis, including forms in which only one area of the body – such as the underarms or palms – is affected.

Is excessive sweating a sign of illness?

Excessive sweating can signal many acute medical emergencies and chronic conditions. The vast majority of situations where someone sweats excessively are caused by anxiety or emotional arousal. However, you should check to see if you have a fever or other symptoms along with sweating. If you suspect a medical emergency, seek help right away.

Is hyperhidrosis serious?

Hyperhidrosis does not have severe or systemic side effects. However, it can have a negative effect on quality of life over time. Excessive sweating over a period of many months or years may make the affected skin cracked, wrinkled, or discolored. This can be uncomfortable and may also mildly elevate the risk of infection in the area.

Does anxiety cause hyperhidrosis?

People with anxiety disorders may experience episodes of excessive sweating. However, anxiety is not the root cause of hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating even when the patient is at normal body temperature and not in an emotionally aroused state.

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