Hyperhidrosis

What is hyperhidrosis?

Sweating is a normal function that helps the body stay cool. However, some people have a medical problem that causes them to sweat too much. The medical term for this condition is hyperhidrosis.

The excessive sweating of hyperhidrosis can have negative effects on your child's social and physical well-being.

What areas of the body does hyperhidrosis affect?

Hyperhidrosis can affect many areas of the body, but most often affect the:

  • Underarms
  • Face
  • Hands
  • Feet

Excessive sweating can be the main medical problem, or it can be a symptom of another medical problem or a medication.

Treatment at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Joree Ruiz, PA-C, treats a wide range of skin conditions and specializes in hyperhidrosis. She will work with your child to find medical solutions and everyday strategies for coping with excessive sweating.

Treatment options

There are many treatments for hyperhidrosis that range from using antiperspirants to major surgeries. Hyperhidrosis treatment may include:

  • Antiperspirants directly applied to the skin
  • Oral medications
  • Iontophoresis
  • Botox

Treatment options depend on many factors, including the severity of the condition and age. Your child’s health care provider will talk with you to come up with a treatment plan that best fits your child’s lifestyle.