Hyperhidrosis is a highly misunderstood, underreported, and stigmatized condition whose effects are wide-ranging and life-altering. It affects 365 million people worldwide, yet people are still suffering in silence. With your help, we are changing that.
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United States
In my youth, my mother would ask the doctors what she could do to help the situation. I think the reply was "soak in salt water." Huh?!? Evidently, that never worked. I didn't even know the term "hyperhidrosis" existed until I sought out my condition via the internet, as an adult.
I have been affected by hyperhidrosis for as long as I could remember. Hands, feet and underarms. It has affected me in so many ways. My dream growing up was to be a makeup artist but having sweaty hands and touching people's faces does not work with my condition. Now I work in PR so I'm always meeting people, introducing myself. I tend to go straight in for a hug and a kiss rather than a handshake! Silver lining about Covid-19 is not having to shake hands anymore which is the best thing to happen to me recently! :-)
Diane C. N.
I never enjoyed my life because of hyperhidrosis. I became an introvert because of my anxieties and depression. I wasn't able to do all the things that I wanted to. Every time I think of something to do or to achieve I need to consider my condition and most of the time I ended up on my bed crying and thinking how awful having this. I've been bullied a lot of times especially during my school days. I am intensely sweating all over my body and I've been living my life soaking in sweat. I live in a tropical country so even during rainy season it's still warm, So imagine that. My husband helped me to accept my condition and I'm very thankful for him because I was able to do things with his encouragement and help.
I was 7 years old when I realized that there was something wrong with both my hands and feet. I used to carry a handkerchief to wipe the sweat in my hands and I used to wear slippers with cloth material so that it can absorb the sweat from my feet. Because of hyperhidrosis. I'm losing my confidence.
Amiel L.
United Arab Emirates
nag start aKong makaranas NG pamamawis NG aking kamy paa at kilikili ay nong ako ay 13yeara old ako. Sobrang hirap NG dinaranas ko dahil sa pamamawis NG kamay at paa at kilikili ko. Nawala ang self confidence ko. Madalas aKong hinidi nakikisalamuha sa mga Tao. Lagi Lang akong nasa bahay. Nahihiya ako Kasi namamawis kamay at kilikili ko. Sana ay ma tulungan nyo ako. Salamat po
Evhonel C.
Hyperhidrosis affects my daily life especially my job because everything I touches gets wet. I find it very difficult to type in my computer because the keyboard always gets wet. Because of my hyperhidrosis I also did some shameful practices like putting sanitary pads in my armpits to avoid sweat stains in my shirt and it makes me feel very embarrassed. Every time I go outside I always need to bring extra pair of socks so I can change if my first pair of socks already gets soaked in sweat.
I’ve never ever felt normal while I was growing up having to deal with hyperhidrosis. I’ve had to give up so many things that I loved to do from sports to hobbies, as I could never excel at it due to this condition. I just wanted to be able to do normal things like everybody else. I’ve always kept this condition to myself as I was embarrassed and never thought many people suffered from it. I would love to be able to play a whole music piece on the piano, without my hand sweating. That would be just a dream come true for me.
Ruby Y.
I am suffering from hyperhidrosis since childhood.. Due to this, I am at struggling a lot, I can't write properly and I can't do work on my laptop. I'm very shy to talk in public and I am losing my confidence accordingly.
Jamaal D. H.
I have suffered from both plantar and palmar hyperhidrosis all my life, the excessive sweating even developed corns on my hands and affects my day to day life in many ways. I was even scorned in an important job interview after shaking hands. The list goes on, God knows the hardship I have been through!
I have developed hyperhidrosis more severely each year for the past 5 years or so. Medications have made it much worse. Armpit sweat will drip all day, whether I'm hot, cold, relaxed, or stressed. Excited to dry Dermadry.
Merry R. D. S. C.
I've always had hyperhidrosis since middle school and it's really embarrassing and frustrating for me cause whatever clothes I wore even the loose t-shirts, wet armpits always show. It's really frustrating cause I've tried many kinds of anti-perspirants with the hopes of minimizing it but to no avail. Then I started using underarm pads. It works though I can't wear clothes that will make my armpit pads obvious, it's embarrassing. I really get jealous to people who don't sweat on their armpits even if they feel hot in a certain place. I really hope that the time will come that I will find something that will help me with this problem.
"Would I ever be able to find love?" My whole body, especially my face, neck, and scalp, sweat excessively. Of course even if I don't feel hot, nor exercise... Hyperhidrosis has been disturbing my love life greatly. It is embarrassing indeed when you sweat a lot during a date, while your partner doesn't. I even try not to be intimate if there are no fans or air conditioning. As well, this condition affects my work performance too, which needs close body contact with patients. I feel so ashamed and unattractive as a female whenever I sweat...a lot. I think I would sell my soul if anyone could change this condition I have.

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Hyperhidrosis, also know as excessive sweating, is a highly misunderstood, underreported, and stigmatized condition whose effects are wide-ranging and life-altering. It affects over 365 million people worldwide, yet people are still suffering in silence.

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Voices of Hyperhidrosis is an awareness campaign dedicated to destigmatizing hyperhidrosis and breaking the silence regarding excessive sweating. We are asking people around the world to join us in raising awareness about hyperhidrosis and its mental, physical, emotional, occupational, and social challenges.

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