International Hyperhidrosis Society

The Cost of Hyperhidrosis

Need help convincing patients' healthcare insurers that they qualify for reimbursement for hyperhidrosis treatments? The answers to the questions below and the key facts at the bottom of this page can be persuasive.

Consider using either (or both) in appeal letters to health insurers (direct patients to our When You've Been Denied Coverage page).

Additionally, if patients may find it useful to consider comparing out-of-pocket expenses for hyperhidrosis treatments with other sweat-related costs, keeping in mind that treatments that provide relief from symptoms may empower patients to save (or earn) in other areas.

Do patients find themselves spending more money than peers on:

    • Dry-cleaning, laundering and/or stain removal?
    • New shirts, dresses, shoes, socks, uniforms, hats, helmets, sports equipment, or other apparel/accessories?
    • Over-the-counter antiperspirants or powders, specialized clothing, or other products used in attempts to control sweating?
    • Pads, "shields", towels, or materials to absorb perspiration?

Have patients ever damaged and/or needed to replace paperwork, technology tools (smart phones, computer keyboards, a computer mouse, tablets or other touch screens), musical instruments, art work or leather goods due to hyperhidrosis?

Has excessive sweating affected income or potential for career advancement? Have patients lost time from work for medical appointments for in-office iontophoresis treatments that could be done at home?

What about social and emotional wellbeing? Has hyperhidrosis affected mental wellness or quality of life?  These costs are hard to measure, but help to tell the whole story of the cost of hyperhidrosis, and to illustrate the value of effective treatments.

Key Facts About the Hidden Costs of Hyperhidrosis

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