Hyperhidrosis and children – help tips for parents


Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating affects about 3% of the population. Unfortunately it does not spare our children. In fact, excessive sweating often begins in childhood and as many as half will have inherited the condition from a parent. As a parent it is important to determine whether the excessive sweating is inherent or caused by an underlying condition. There are essentially two types of hyperhidrosis: 1) primary or focal hyperhidrosis is limited to certain sites, typically hands, soles of the feet, underarms, and face. In and of itself focal hyperhidrosis is not worrisome except for the effect it can have on the child’s quality of life. 2) Secondary or generalized hyperhidrosis, as implied by its name affects a larger proportion of the body. Unlike focal hyperhidrosis it is not limited to the typical regions outlined above. It may however be caused by an underlying…



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