Why Do I Sweat So Much?

The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence wants to promote awareness of excessive sweating disorders and help individuals answer the question, “Why do I sweat so much?” Read this comprehensive FAQ with answers to questions that can help you learn how to stop sweating. If you wish to schedule an appointment with one of our thoracic specialists, contact us today at (888) 349-1398.

How can I tell if I have hyperhidrosis?

If you have been experiencing symptoms of profuse sweating, a consultation with our specialists can help determine the most effective treatment options.

People with hyperhidrosis suffer from excessive and unpredictable sweating. The condition most commonly affects the hands, feet, armpits, or face, and can also present as generalized sweating over several regions of the body. Furthermore, many people with excessive sweating find that it negatively impacts their social life, career opportunities, and personal relationships.

What is idiopathic hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is sometimes referred to as idiopathic hyperhidrosis, meaning that the cause of the excessive sweating is unknown. Genetics are believed to play a role in sweating, though the exact abnormality is not well understood.

What conservative treatments are available for excessive sweating disorders?

Several alternatives to surgery exist for patients with excessive sweating, though the effectiveness of these therapies depends on an individual’s specific condition. Conservative treatments often recommended by our team of specialists include:

  • Antiperspirants
  • Oral Medications
  • Botox
  • Iontophoresis
  • Acupuncture

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What is thoracoscopic sympathectomy?

Thoracic Surgeons Los AngelesThoracoscopic sympathectomy is considered the most effective treatment for hyperhidrosis of the hands (palmar) and armpits (axillary). The surgery may be very effective for some patients with excessive sweating of the feet as well (plantar hyperhidrosis).

Thoracoscopic sympathectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that permanently disrupts the overactive nerves responsible for excessive sweating. The surgery involves making two 5-millimeter incisions on either side of the chest cavity and then inserting a high-definition camera along with surgical instruments to cut the nerves at a very specific location.

To learn about one patients experience with a thoracic surgeon at La Peer Health Systems, please watch the video testimonial below.

Is it possible to have a recurrence of hyperhidrosis after surgery?

Recurrence of hyperhidrosis after a thoracoscopic sympathectomy is very rare, occurring in less than 1% of cases. A common side effect of thoracoscopic sympathectomy is slightly increased sweating in lower regions of the body. The location of residual sweating is often less embarrassing for patients and thus significantly more tolerable. The procedure is, however, generally very effective at providing long-term relief for hyperhidrosis.

Why Do I Sweat So Much?

If you’ve ever wondered why you sweat so much, it could very likely be due to hyperhidrosis. If you haven’t been diagnosed yet, we encourage you to visit our thoracic surgeons in Los Angeles today.

Will insurance cover my thoracoscopic sympathectomy?

Yes, most insurance providers do cover thoracoscopic sympathectomy. It is well established that this outpatient procedure is the most effective treatment for excessive sweating.

Why should a thoracic surgeon perform my surgery?

Thoracic Surgeons Los AngelesThe most effective surgical procedure for the treatment of excessive sweating is a thoracoscopic sympathectomy. Even though this procedure is minimally invasive, it involves entering into the chest cavity followed by meticulous and precise cutting of a small section of nerves. A general surgeon that doesn’t possess extensive training in thoracic surgical techniques can perform hyperhidrosis surgery; however, to ensure the best results and the least chance of complications, an experienced thoracic surgeon should perform the procedure.

The Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence offers two renowned thoracic surgeons, Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller, who are highly qualified to perform this intricate surgical procedure. Dr. Mahtabifard, director of the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence, is the editor of the best selling textbook on minimally invasive thoracic surgery, which includes a chapter on hyperhidrosis. Both Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller routinely perform thoracoscopic sympathectomies at our outpatient center in Los Angeles, consistently achieving excellent results for our patients.

What makes the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence unique?

Minially invasive thoracic surgery los angelesThe our Los Angeles facility offers a world-class team of specialists, including renowned thoracic surgeons Dr. Mahtabifard and Dr. Fuller. Our patients who come to us wondering “Why do I sweat so much” experience excellent results because of the personal care we offer within a safe and controlled environment. Our facility features a multi-million dollar center, the most advanced technology available, and a first-class support staff. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. Our promise is to make our patients the top priority and be with them every step of the way.

Every patient is provided with a thorough personal assessment that enables our healthcare team to implement, monitor, and evaluate your care and answer your questions. For more information regarding our services and how to stop sweating, please contact the Hyperhidrosis Center of Excellence at (888) 349-1398.

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