Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
Hyperhidrosis is characterized by abnormal, excessive sweating that can occur in the hands, armpits, and feet. For some, abundant sweating is localized to one area, such as the hands, while others may experience increased perspiration in a combination of areas.
Hyperhidrosis is rare, affecting about 1 percent of the population. However, for those affected, the condition often interferes with their daily activities and can be rather embarrassing in social situations. Although the exact cause of this excessive sweating remains unknown, we do know that it is commonly controlled by the sympathetic nervous system, which normally responds strongly in situations of fear or stress.
Cedars-Sinai has a well-established Hyperhidrosis program that can provide patients with relief from this condition.
- Minimally invasive thoracoscopic sympathectomy for palmar hyperhidrosis ("sweaty palm")
- Video-Assisted Thoracic Sympathectomy
- Other Treatments