Your Options for Pediatric Hyperhidrosis

Your Options for Pediatric Hyperhidrosis

We’ve discussed hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) on the blog before, but did you know it can affect children and teenagers as well? Pediatric hyperhidrosis can take place in the first two decades of one’s life.

The reason we’re discussing it today is to make our audience aware of the treatment options available for this condition. While antiperspirants are often the first line of therapy, they are usually ineffective. Therefore, oral anticholinergics have been suggested to be a second-line treatment option in both children and adults with primary hyperhidrosis.

While studies have been carried out to evaluate the effectiveness of oral anticholinergic drugs, such as oxybutynin in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, few studies have focused on dosing strategies for children. In a study examining this treatment for children, 15 out of 16 patients responded to the treatment, 62.5% with an excellent response. At one year, 11 patients continued responding. Overall, individualized regimens of oxybutynin were found to be useful for the treatment of hyperhidrosis in children and adolescents.

We have also been prescribing oral medication for this condition, and have found our patients to be satisfied with the treatment. More importantly, we’re excited that this is a good option for children and teens, who often feel embarrassed by it and usually only wear white clothes. Their way of life becomes very limiting by this condition, and it’s important for us to raise awareness about this treatment option so they know they have treatment available.

If you are concerned about pediatric hyperhydrosis and want to speak to a provider, please visit our Dermatology specialists at one of our locations in Middle Tennessee: NashvilleFranklinColumbia, and Pulaski.

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Dr. Pena is a Board-Certified Medical Dermatologist, Mohs skin cancer surgeon, and cosmetic dermatologist. Her mission is to educate the diverse patient populations she serves, and their communities, on the importance of skin care in decreasing the risk of skin cancer and minimizing the early signs of aging. She founded Skin Solutions Dermatology with numerous clinics in Nashville, Tennessee and surrounding Middle Tennessee.

Dr. Julia Pena, MD