Hyperhidrosis/Excessive Sweating Research Project



What is Hyperhidrosis?

Hyperhidrosis is a chronic disorder of excessive sweating.  It may affect the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, underarm area and the face.  Often stress makes the sweating worse.  Hyperhidrosis can have an impact on an individual’s daily lifestyle.  Everyday tasks such as typing on the computer, driving, wearing socks, and many others can be affected.  Excessive sweating can also be embarrassing for individuals with the condition.


Purpose of Research:

The main goal of our research is to better understand the cause of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).  In many blood relatives (families), more than one individual has this condition, suggesting it is a genetic disorder.  Therefore, we are particularly interested in studying individuals who have more than one family member that is a blood relative who has excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) as well.  Through this research, we are hopeful that we may be able to improve the lives of future generations affected by excessive sweating.


Why Study Genes?

Genes are the instructions that tell out bodies how to work and they play a role in telling our bodies how much to sweat.  Genes are passed down from parent to child and family members share some of the same genes.  The goal of studying genes is identify those genes that are responsible for excessive sweating and ultimately to use this knowledge to find a way to control the sweating in affected individuals.


Do you qualify for our study?  If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions, you are probably eligible to participate in this study:

·        Has a doctor ever told you that you have “Hyperhidrosis”?

·        Do you experience sweating when you are not overheated or in an anxious state?

·        Do you experience a sudden increase in the amount of sweat from your hands or feet when stressed?

·        Do you experience sweating from your hands or feet?

·        When you walk barefoot, do you leave puddles on the floor?

·         Do you have any immediate biological relatives who were diagnosed with hyperhidrosis?


What Do I Have To Do?



We would like to assure you that any materials you submit will be kept confidential. Although no specific results will be provided to individuals, in the long term we believe our study will improve the lives of families affected by hyperhidrosis.


In exchange for your participation, we will do our best to keep you updated on the results of the studies we do!