A 15 year old boy went out on his bike and when he started out, he began to sweat. Before he finished his bike ride (which was a very short one) his face was sweating so much that he thought something was terribly wrong.
He hurried back home to tell his mother who was scared when she saw the excessive sweating on her son's face. She immediately rushed him to the hospital emergency room.
At the hospital, the doctor told her that her son was suffering from a problem called hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating and there was help for it. Excessive sweating usually starts in adolescence. This can be a really difficult thing for a kid because it isn't fun.
Excessive sweating is most difficult because your body may give off a bad odor, which is normal, but our society has a tendency to believe that when a person has a problem like this, they just don't take enough showers. Girls tend to shy away from this sort of thing and other people don't want to come near someone for fear of getting their sweat on them.
However, this excessive sweating is something that happens to about 2-3% of the American population. The guy in our story actually was lucky because he saw that something was wrong and he got some help. A lot of time people don't catch this when a person is young and the individual may not deal with it until they are a bit older.
The challenge is that the excessive sweating may or may not have a cause. There are many speculations for this, but doctors really don’t have a clue as to what is going on. There are several ways to help however. Here is a couple:
Antiperspirants for excessive sweating -- this is just a fancy name for deodorant. What most people recommend is an over the counter deodorant that has more aluminum chloride in it then regular deodorants. For instance, if you go to a drugstore you might find 5Day deodorant that is one deodorant that will help stop excessive sweating.
Iontophoresis for excessive sweating -- this is a treatment where you have a devise that sends electricity through your skin using tap water. No, you don't get shocked because it is only a mild current but it helps about 83% of people who need it to stop their excessive sweating.
The bottom line is that you don't have to be afraid of what is happening because for some people it is natural to have excessive sweating.