Hyperhidrosis Doesn’t Treat Itself
Raising Awareness Among Healthcare Providers Because, When a Clinician Understands Excessive Sweating, It Makes All the Difference
For Immediate Release:
Center Valley, PA, Nov. 7, 2018--
Great hyperhidrosis care requires great partnerships with healthcare providers who understand the serious impacts of excessive sweating.
As part of Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month 2018, the International Hyperhidrosis Society ran clinical-facing advertisements and public service announcements in medical professional publications during the month of November.
Who learned about the importance of quality hyperhidrosis diagnosis and treatment?
- Pediatricians via the American Academy of Pediatrics AAP News because hyperhidrosis often first manifests with extreme sweating symptoms during childhood or adolescence.
- School nurses thanks to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and because hyperhidrosis can significantly impact school performance and students’ self-esteem.
- Dermatologists through the American Academy of Dermatology’s Derm World because, while hyperhidrosis may originate in the nerves and brain, excessive sweating continues to be frequently treated as a disorder of the skin.
- Dermatology nurses reached by the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association because nurses play a key role in documenting symptoms and advocating for effective patient care.
- Nurse practitioners, physician assistants and others through RNsights because a wide range of healthcare providers come into contact, albeit often unwittingly, with hyperhidrosis sufferers, and can improve quality of life for these patients if they know how.
How can the public help? By telling all the healthcare providers they come in contact with about Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month, the International Hyperhidrosis Society and SweatHelp.org. Word of mouth always counts!
The International Hyperhidrosis Society thanks all the wonderful clinicians who already stay up-to-date in hyperhidrosis best practices through the Society’s HCP website, continuing education, and research library, and who register with IHhS’ Physician Finder.
For additional information, contact Christine Fleckenstein at Christine@SweatHelp.org.
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that affects approximately 4.8% of the population. It results in extreme, uncontrollable sweating and:
- Is associated with much higher rates of anxiety & depression
- Has negative quality-of-life impacts equal to or greater than severe acne & psoriasis
- Increases risk of skin infections by 300%
- Is more common than peanut allergies
- Manifests unexpectedly and often with disabling symptoms that last for hours
- Is stigmatized while being under-recognized, under-diagnosed, under-treated
- Forces people to develop complicated, time-consuming and expensive routines of treatments, hiding, avoiding, drying, absorbing, and more – all in an attempt to live a “normal” daily life and to feel dry, “put together” and accepted
- Causes sweat to drip down elbows, off fingers, into the eyes, and more
- Leads to sufferers feeling cold, slippery, unattractive, insecure, and emotionally drained
- Drenches and damages shoes, clothes, papers, and mainstay tech tools like smartphones
Yet, only 1 in 4 hyperhidrosis sufferers is ever diagnosed, and far fewer are cared for effectively with best practices.
There is not yet a cure for hyperhidrosis, and current treatment options do not work for everyone or for every location of hyperhidrosis sweating. Additionally, many healthcare providers continue to be under-educated in effective strategies for hyperhidrosis diagnosis and care.
About the International Hyperhidrosis Society
The International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS) was founded in 2003 by a team of physicians respected worldwide for work in hyperhidrosis research and treatment and by dedicated advocates. Today, it remains the only independent, non-profit, global organization working to improve the quality of life for those affected by excessive sweating. IHhS’ mission focuses on reducing the symptoms, anxiety and social stigma associated with excessive sweating through improvements in hyperhidrosis awareness, education, research, and advocacy. Visit www.SweatHelp.org to learn more, and to stay up-to-date thanks to the hyperhidrosis news blog. Connect on Facebook via SweatingStopsHere, Twitter @WeKnowSweat and Instagram @WeKnowSweat. You can also find us on YouTube.