Bullying and Hyperhidrosis: The Silent Confidence Killer
Students who have Hyperhidrosis – that’s a condition that makes you sweat excessively – are at severe risk of bullying. Unfortunate though it may be, students who sweat more than usual are likely to be picked on because of their condition. It is up to us, as the adults, parents, and teachers, to spot the signs of bullying and act to intervene.
Hyperhidrosis is a silent confidence killer, and kids in school are made fun of because of it. How do we go about spotting incidences of bullying and helping to rectify the situation? Read on to find out how you can become an active participant in the fightback against Hyperhidrosis based bullying!
Zits, Bodily Changes – and Now Hyperhidrosis, Too?
Those poor students! They have so much to deal with, and that’s without including exam stress! If a student has Hyperhidrosis, they will sweat four or five times more than other children, and it will become noticeable. The first thing you can do as an educator, parent, or other adult is to notice the symptoms of Hyperhidrosis.
The Symptoms of Hyperhidrosis Are:
- Excessive sweating of the hands, feet, and armpits occurs
- Noticeable sweat soaks through clothing
- Sweat is localized to specific areas over and over again
- Students sweat all over their body
If you notice any of these symptoms in one of your students, then they may be suffering Hyperhidrosis alone, or as a result of an underlying health condition. You can read all about the condition, the symptoms, and the different strains of this condition courtesy of Medical News Today.
Stop Hyperhidrosis Bullying!
Now that you know how to recognize the signs of this embarrassing condition, you will be able to identify and monitor which students may be at risk. What teachers can do about bullying has long been an issue of discussion across the board – but Tolerance has useful guidelines on how to deal with bullying in general.
Some useful ideas might be to allow the student who suffers the condition to sit out of any activities that trigger the onset of sweat. You can even separate the bullies instead. Be wary of administering punishment because retaliation might fall on the victim. In the end, possibly the most effective thing you can do to help a student who has Hyperhidrosis might be to take the student aside and ask them if there is anything you should know.
Hyperhidrosis Can Be Treated!
Hyperhidrosis is a permanent condition, but it can be treated using a technique known as Iontophoresis. This treatment is a safe, FDA-approved method of manipulating the permeability of the skin to allow for less sweat to seep through. 91% of sufferers report an improvement in the severity of their condition after treatment.
Iontophoresis could be just the answer your students need to get their confidence back. Contact one of RA Fischer’s Treatment Specialist’s today and be the change that child needs!
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