Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis

Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive sweating without any identifiable cause. “Idiopathic” means without known cause, and “hyperhidrosis” refers to abnormally excessive sweat production. This condition is not restricted by age or gender, and it can affect any part of the body. However, it commonly influences areas such as hands, feet, underarms, face, and scalp.

Relationship to Night Sweats

Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis can contribute to night sweats, also known as sleep hyperhidrosis. When excessive and unexplainable sweating occurs predominantly at night, independent of atmospheric temperature or physical exertion, it’s often referred to as nocturnal or night sweats. This condition can cause severe discomfort and interrupted sleep, affecting the quality of life.

Common Misconceptions/Questions

Common misconception related to idiopathic hyperhidrosis is that it’s merely a symptom of an overactive or nervous response to stress or anxiety, and thus can be controlled solely by relaxation techniques. While stress and anxiety can indeed amplify the condition, idiopathic hyperhidrosis is a medical condition itself, often persisting irrespective of emotional states.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis be cured?

While Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis doesn’t have a definitive cure due to its unknown cause, it can be managed effectively with a range of treatments – from antiperspirants, medications, to surgical options, depending on the severity of the condition.

Does Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis affect overall health?

The primary impact of Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis is on the quality of life, causing discomfort, unhappiness, and embarrassment due to excessive sweating. Still, it’s not associated directly with worsening physical health. However, constantly moist skin can lead to potential skin issues, such as fungal or bacterial infections.

Is Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis a rare condition?

No, it’s more common than one might think. Although the exact prevalence is not known, it’s believed that approximately 2%-3% of the population may suffer from hyperhidrosis, a portion of which is likely to be idiopathic.

Related Terms and Additional Resources


  • Primary Hyperhidrosis : Excessive sweating that’s not caused by other medical conditions, medications, or physical triggers. This is another term for idiopathic hyperhidrosis.
  • Secondary Hyperhidrosis : Excessive sweating caused by a specific underlying health condition such as diabetes, menopause, thyroid problems, etc., or as a side effect of certain medications.
  • Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS): This is a surgical treatment often used in severe cases of hyperhidrosis. The procedure involves interrupting the transmission of nerve signals to the sweat glands to reduce sweat production.