National School Nurse Campaign Brings Hope To Teens with Distressing Skin Disorder

Oct 21, 2010, 13:30 ET from International Hyperhidrosis Society

QUAKERTOWN, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A month into the new school year and kids are back in the swing of homework, pop quizzes and teenage dramas.  But for thousands of teen and tween students, the school nurse will be ready to help them cope with a more socially difficult transition – the onslaught of excessive sweating.

Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) is a genetic condition that can cause an otherwise healthy person to produce up to five times more sweat than is normal or necessary. Symptoms usually start in the early- to mid-teen years where the added stress of dealing with a 'sweating problem' around peer groups in a classroom setting can be devastating to both self-esteem and grades.  Surveys estimate that 13% (nearly 3 million) of all U.S. teens feel their sweating is a problem.

The Know Sweat in School campaign was developed to help tackle this issue. Thanks to a grant from Secret Clinical Strength® and Gillette Clinical® antiperspirants, the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS, at created the campaign and program kit to bring education and support to school children through the familiar face of the school nurse.

According to Tia Campbell, school health specialist in the Virginia Department of Education's Office of Special Education & Student Services where the program was launched, "For many children, the school nurse is the only healthcare professional they have, so it's a great place to raise awareness of this condition so kids don't have to 'go it alone'."

Elements of the free Know Sweat in School kit include:

  • Nurse Information Sheet describing hyperhidrosis in medical terms
  • Teen and tween posters for school display
  • Teen Sweat booklets
  • Samples of clinical strength antiperspirants with directions on proper usage

School nurses nationwide can request a free kit by emailing their address and school name to  

"Hyperhidrosis is the number one dermatological disorder in terms of negatively affecting a person's quality of life, yet is also number one in having the most dramatically positive impact on people's lives when treated.  Caught early, treatment can literally change the life of a young person with the condition," said Dr. David Pariser, founding IHHS board member and the 2009 president of the American Academy of Dermatology.

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SOURCE International Hyperhidrosis Society