Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Children with hyperhidrosis sweat as much as five times more than other children. The body’s way of cooling itself (sweating) goes into overdrive for children with hyperhidrosis. As a result, the body makes more sweat than is needed to regulate body temperature.
Hyperhidrosis most often causes extra sweating in the palms
of the hands, the armpits and the feet.
There are two kinds of hyperhidrosis:
Hyperhidrosis can affect a child’s quality of life. It can be embarrassing and uncomfortable and can cause feelings of anxiety. Sweaty palms can make it hard to hold a pencil or complete worksheets at school. Excessive sweating can impact a child’s self-confidence.
Children with hyperhidrosis may worry about their extra sweating and may avoid interacting with others or change clothes often to stay fresh. A pediatric specialist can work with you and your child to manage symptoms and help your child regain his or her quality of life.
Pediatric dermatologists at Riley at IU Health may perform the following exams and tests to diagnose hyperhidrosis:
Treatments for hyperhidrosis include:
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