Is Hyperhydrosis a genetic disorder and is the gene likely to carry on to offspring?

Hi doctor, so I’m about to get married and recently my fiancé told me that he has a sweating problem in his hands, feet, and arm pits and he was diagnosed with hyperhydrosis. He has been taking oral medicine but we recently went to a dermatologist to find a long term option. Can the oral medicine that is consumed to treat hyperhydrosis have a great affect on sexual performance? Also, can it affect fertility? Is Hyperhydrosis a genetic disorder and is the gene likely to carry on to offspring?

Age: 19
Medications: Pill for Hyperhydrosis
General Information: Dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision.

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Dr. Deepak Patel
11:01 pm

Hello. Your fiancé seems to be suffering from Primary Hyperhydrosis usually treated with Anticholinergics. Common side effects of Anticholinergics do not include erectile dysfunction nor increased infertility. But ED and sexual arousal is a complex process. Also, ED and Hyperhydrosis may be symptoms of some other underlying problem. Does your fiancé have other symptoms? If so, tell your Doctor. Hyperhydrosis seems to run in families so yes there probably is some kind of hereditary aspect to it. Regards

Dr.Honey Arora
8:19 am

Hi. Thanks for the query.. It looks like your fiance is suffering from Palmoplanter and axillary hyperhydrosis. The most common cause is Primary focal Hyperhydrosis that occurs due to the nerve overactivity that signals the sweat glands to produce sweat. At this age this is the common cause. Secondary causes can be Diabetes, thyroid problems, nervous tract disorders, infection etc. So it is advisable to get tests done like blood and urine test and along with it Iodine starch test, skin conductance test and thermoregulatory sweat test can help.. Alothogh there are less chances of ED with Hyperhydrosis but of… Read more »