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Is Hyperhidrosis Genetic?

By Sam Nardi / 2020 May 20th
Dermadry Team

Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating that affects

an estimated 5% of the global population. Despite being such a common condition, it is still largely misunderstood, under-reported, and under-treated. There are two types of hyperhidrosis, primary and secondary hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis is a result of an underlying medical condition, or as a side-effect of medication. However, the cause is not as clear for primary hyperhidrosis, which is of primary idiopathic origin, meaning there is no known cause.

Excessive sweating of the hands

Numerous clinical studies have

been conducted on hyperhidrosis, many of which have been focused on pinpointing and identifying probable causes. Several hypotheses backed by scientific evidence have come to light, with most studies indicating that primary hyperhidrosis likely has a hereditary component and may be the result of an overactive sympathetic nervous system. A familial trait has been observed in most epidemiological hyperhidrosis studies.

We have compiled the findings from some key studies dedicated to analyzing the link between genetics and hyperhidrosis and here is what they found:

Generally, it

is estimated that between 30-50% of people with hyperhidrosis have a family member that also suffers from the condition. Some studies even discovered that hyperhidrosis could be passed down from generation to generation, with some reporting that even their grandparents suffered from hyperhidrosis. These findings suggest that primary hyperhidrosis has a hereditary component to it, which is observed in a significant percentage of the studied samples.

Excessive sweating of the underarms

This is just one of the potential causes of hyperhidrosis, and the root cause is still obscure, and more research must be conducted. Thankfully, hyperhidrosis is a benign non-life-threatening condition and while it can have a severe impact on an individual’s quality of life, with particularly negative effects on their social and occupational life. Thankfully, effective treatment for the condition exists. So while we may not understand what causes it, at least we can manage its effects!

Palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis are the most common forms of the condition. These are otherwise known as excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and underarms. Dermadry has created an all-in-one solution to treat all three problem zones from the comfort of your home. Our device uses iontophoresis technology, which works by directing a mild current through the skin to neutralize the connection between the nerves and sweat glands. Best of all, it is a non-invasive, all-natural, drug-free, and needle-free solution for those who suffer from sweaty hands, feet, and underarms.

Tip: If you suffer from hyperhidrosis yourself, take the opportunity to ask your close ones (parents, siblings, etc.) to see if they also suffer from the condition. Hyperhidrosis is seldom talked about and many feel embarrassed talking about their condition, but spreading awareness is crucial, and the best place to start is by asking those closest to you. It may even help you better understand your condition and create a support system!

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