National survey shows that nearly 1 in 5 teens experience excessive, uncontrollable sweating

National survey shows that nearly 1 in 5 teens experience excessive, uncontrollable sweating

New research conducted by the International Hyperhidrosis Society and presented at the American Academy of Dermatology’s 2017 Annual meeting shows that 17% of teens experience extreme sweating — that’s at least SEVEN TIMES more teens affected than previous estimates.

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 8, 2017: According to data collected by International Hyperhidrosis Society researchers and presented at the recent American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) 2017 Annual Meeting, 17% of teens experience excessive, uncontrollable sweating.

This is significantly more teens than reported in prior studies, which put prevalence statistics at only 1.6% to 2.1%.

As Summer Heats Up, Survey Reveals Need for Effective Sweat Treatments

As the thermometer rises, so does the humidity. For many, the humidity can be annoying, but for the nearly 8 million Americans who suffer from a treatable condition called hyperhidrosis [1], or excessive sweating, the humidity can be unbearable. Hyperhidrosis creates sweaty underarms, sweaty palms, sweaty feet, dripping sweat from the face, among other areas of excessive sweating, and though not caused by heat, is aggravated by heat or anxiety.

Don't Let Them See You Sweat This Summer

For the millions of Americans suffering from hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating, the body's mechanism for cooling itself is overactive and can cause sweat production that is up to four or five times more than normal. While some people may only think about sweating during the hot summer months, individuals with hyperhidrosis find excessive sweating can disrupt their daily and recreational activities, regardless of the season.

"While we all sweat, those suffering from hyperhidrosis may experience such a volume of excessive sweating they often need to change their clothing multiple times a day to hide their symptoms," says Lisa J. Pieretti, Executive director of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS), a non profit organization dedicated to help those with excessive sweating. "It's important to remember that hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition and it is possible to manage symptoms through medical treatment options."

The International Hyperhidrosis Society recommends following these simple steps to help control sweating this summer:

SWEATING THE INTERVIEW: Excessive Sweaters need not apply?

If success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, then it might follow that the hyperhidrosis sufferer should have no trouble gaining employment. Not so fast! According to an International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS) employment survey of people dealing with issues of excessive sweating, the condition, also known as hyperhidrosis, can deter potential employers from hiring otherwise capable candidates and even deter those afflicted from seeking employment altogether.

A Different Kind of Valentine’s Day Story

“I knew he was the one for me when he held my hand without flinching, even when I tried to pull away out of embarrassment. He told me he didn’t care and continued to hold my hand.”

This early tender moment eventually led to love, an engagement, and an unforgettable wedding day. But to Therese Hernando, it meant more than just a romantic gesture. It literally affected her skin-deep.

Therese has suffered with a dermatologic disorder called hyperhidrosis since she was six years old, leaving her with perpetually wet hands and feet. Throughout her teen years, socializing was difficult since her condition made her shy about shaking hands with new friends or holding hands on dates. The moment her future husband held her hands, she hoped worries about her sweaty palms were behind her. They were, until she started to plan the wedding.

Hyperhidrosis Recognized as Legitimate Skin Disease by Major Health Organizations

After years of seeking legitimacy as a bonafide skin disease affecting 367 million people worldwide, hyperhidrosis, an excessive sweating disorder, has been recognized as such by the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and the Coalition of Skin Diseases (CSD). “The real victory here is for the millions of men, women and children who are afflicted with this disease,” said David Pariser, MD former president of the American Academy of Dermatology and founding board member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS). “For so long, they have suffered in isolation and shame from a condition not understood by the public and even members of the medical community. Today, I join them in taking this thrilling next step in our steady climb towards global awareness and education.”

As the leading authority on hyperhidrosis, IHHS has put substantial medical muscle behind this website, We provide information and hope to affected individuals and families looking for answers on dealing with this debilitating condition – which may be covered by insurance. Our hyperhidrosis Physician Finder database helps individuals locate IHHS-trained doctors worldwide.

Hyperhidrosis is a treatable medical condition that results in sweating that exceeds the normal amount required to maintain consistent body temperature – up to five times the average volume. (The age of onset can be as young as infancy and usually by early-to-mid teens). The excessive sweating occurs regardless of environmental surroundings – people with hyperhidrosis sweat profusely nearly all day, every day. Primary hyperhidrosis can affect one or more body areas, most often the palms, armpits, soles of the feet or face and sometimes the groin and under the breasts in men and women. Secondary hyperhidrosis, however, is generalized, typically involving sweating over the whole body and caused by an underlying condition like diabetes or medication like some popular anti-depressants.

“IHHS now has tremendous partners in advocacy in the NORD and CSD communities. Their commitment to increased awareness, research and education mirrors our own,” said IHHS Executive Director Lisa J. Pieretti.

The National Organization for Rare Disorders is a unique non-profit federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare ‘orphan’ diseases. This voluntary health agency is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research and service. For more information, visit their website at

The Coalition of Skin Diseases consists of several organizations that represent patients suffering from some of the 3,000 known types of skin disease. The groups share a common mission of educating patients, advocacy and supporting skin disease research that will lead to new treatments and cures. Learn more about them by visiting

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