Nearly 1 in 5 teens experience excessive, uncontrollable sweating.
Of those, 75% say it impairs daily life. 🙁
According to data presented by International Hyperhidrosis Society researchers at the recent American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) 2017 Annual Meeting, 17% of teens experience excessive, uncontrollable sweating!
That’s at least SEVEN TIMES MORE teens than previous estimates that put prevalence statistics at only 1.6% to 2.1%!
Additionally, the International Hyperhidrosis Society study found that among those teens affected by excessive sweating:
- 75% indicate daily impairment from sweating is major or moderate.
- More than 25% reported onset at or before age 10.
- Average reported age of onset is 11 years.
Dr. Adelaide Hebert, co-author of the research abstract, founding board member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society, President of the Women’s Dermatologic Society, paediatric dermatologist, and professor at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School presented the data at the AAD meeting.
“Our results,” she says, “show a far greater need than previously recognized for the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of excessive sweating in teens and children. The teen and pre-teen years are an important time in young people’s development of self-concept; helping them to thrive includes the appropriate management of impactful health conditions – like excessive sweating.”
There are a number of options available to control or treat excessive sweating when simple anti-perspirants fail to help. Neuromodulator injections to the underarm area can temporarily interrupt the nerve signals to the sweat glands, resulting in decreased sweating from the armpit for an average of 4-6 months at a time. Microwave ablation to the underarms can permanently reduce the number of sweat glands, resulting in long lasting sweat reduction. This treatment can be easily performed for teenagers that meet the clinical criteria. Sweating of the hands and feet can be improved with non-invasive simple electrical current therapy known as iontophoresis.