Is sweating too much considered a disease?

Do doctors consider excess sweating a disease? Where should I draw the line between normal and excess sweating? A lot of my friends told me I sweat way more than they do. I'm not that bothered about it, but my girlfriend did tell me I sweat a ton in my sleep. Is this something I should be concerned about?


M, 30, Oregon

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Excess sweating is not a disease but rather a nervous system problem with overstimulation of the sweat glands.  Options for treatment are Mira Dry, Botox, and surgery as a last resort.

There is a condition called hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating.  No one knows the definite cause.  It generally occurs in the armpits, groin, palms and soles of the feet, although other areas may also be involved.  Sweating is a normal body function -- it helps to regulate the body's temperature.  Excessive sweating , though, is an abnormality in that you sweat even though there may not be any real cause for it.  For example, you can be in a cold room and your armpits are soaked.

The condition is socially embarrassing.  It can also lead to excess body odor (called bromhidrosis) due to the action of the bacteria on your sweat.

You can find out more about it by researching the International Hyperhidrosis Society.

I have actually perfected an operation (which I term "Sweat Lipo") which can address hyperhidrosis of the armpits (only).  You can read about it on my website,

Hope this helps.

Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS

New York City