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Profuse Sweating in Teens

by Kay Ireland, studioD

All teens sweat -- in fact, the average person sweats about a liter of moisture each day, according to the National Health Service. But some teens can sweat up to 10 times that amount, which can result in embarrassment and social isolation. If your teen is struggling with profuse sweating, she may be affected by a medical condition called hyperhidrosis, the medical name for overactive sweat glands. By talking with your teen's doctor, you can decide on treatment methods that help your teen tame her sweat.


You'll probably notice that your teen starts producing sweat around puberty. This is when an influx of hormones activates the sweat glands and cause body odor. If this is the case, more frequent showers and use of an anti-antiperspirant can help your teen adjust to the new change. However, if he's so sweaty that his palms are constantly wet or he's soaking through his clothes, he could have hyperhidrosis, which usually affects the hands, feet and armpits. This is a medical condition that can be successfully treated with the help of your teen's doctor.


Puberty is usually the main trigger for hyperhidrosis, but some of the stuff your teen does on a daily basis can make it worse. For instance, eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol and even stress can trigger your teen's sweating response. Talk to your teen about some of the things that can exacerbate her condition and see whether avoiding some of her triggers helps to slow her sweat production to a more manageable state.

Lifestyle Changes

Your teen might be embarrassed about his condition, but you can help him learn to cope regardless of whether he's receiving treatment. By wearing light, breathable clothes, he can minimize how much he sweats. Dark clothing also can conceal sweat better than bright- or pastel-colored clothing. Dressing in layers may also give your teen an extra boost of confidence, because his peers won't see where sweat has soaked through. By teaching your teen to avoid his triggers and to dress to accommodate the issue, he can feel a little more confident.

Treatment Options

If simply avoiding the triggers doesn't seem to help your teen's profuse sweating, it's time to talk to her doctor about other treatment methods. Your teen's doctor can prescribe prescription-strength antiperspirants to help curb sweating, while some teens have had success by getting Botox injections at the site of the worst sweating, such as the armpits. The Botox works by blocking the nerves that stimulate sweating. There are also surgical options available, such as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy, which effectively shuts off the signal the body activates for the sweating response.

About the Author

Kay Ireland specializes in health, fitness and lifestyle topics. She is a support worker in the neonatal intensive care and antepartum units of her local hospital and recently became a certified group fitness instructor.

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