Hyperhidrosis affects a lot of people—impacting roughly 3 percent of the population in the United States and worldwide. It begins in childhood and worsens at puberty, especially for females. Roughly 30-50 percent of patients report a family history of this often-genetic condition.
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It is estimated that approximately 1% of adults suffer from hyperhidrosis. Typically excessive sweating begins in childhood or early adolescence and increases in severity through puberty and into adulthood. Men and women are equally affected. In many patients, the symptoms are mild and not socially disabling. Symptoms usually appear during adolescence and either remain mild or gradually progress into adulthood, rarely diminishing spontaneously.