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As Summer Heats Up, New Survey Reveals Need for Effective Sweat Treatments
Date:6/18/2008

- International Hyperhidrosis Society Offers Tips for Managing Summer Sweat

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NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- As the thermometer rises, so does the humidity. For many, the humidity can be annoying, but for the nearly 8 million Americans who suffer from a treatable condition called hyperhidrosis(1), or excessive sweating, the humidity can be unbearable. Hyperhidrosis affects underarms, palms, feet and head, among other areas, and though not caused by heat, is aggravated by heat or anxiety.

The International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS), a non profit organization dedicated to those who have the condition, commissioned Harris Interactive to conduct a survey among nearly 3,000 U.S. adults to find out how sweat affects the general adult population, not just those who suffer from hyperhidrosis. The survey found that one third of U.S. adults (33%) think that they have too much underarm sweat, yet only three percent(1) of the U.S. population are known to suffer from hyperhidrosis -- even less from excessive underarm sweating specifically.

The findings also revealed that more than half of U.S. adults (60%) would be embarrassed or very embarrassed by visible underarm sweat stains. Additionally, more adults would be embarrassed by visible underarm sweat stains than having bad acne (58%) or being overweight (47%). Furthermore, although more men (39%) feel they have too much underarm sweat compared to women (28%), more women would be embarrassed by underarm sweat than men (68% vs. 51% respectively). Young females are particularly affected by underarm sweat. The survey found that more than three in four (77%) young females (ages 18 to 34) would be embarrassed by underarm sweat and about half (49%) feel that they have too much underarm sweat.

Interestingly, the survey found that, of those who think they have too much underarm sweat, only 5% have consulted a healthcare professional; many more altered their life
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