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.
Explore the unique stories of those living with hyperhidrosis below. Read their stories to get a glimpse into the everyday life of a hyperhidrosis sufferer and the unique challenges brought forth by this condition.
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Imtiaz
Bangladesh
#200
My armpits started sweating at the age of 13. When I was at school my both armpits were fully drenched. I am suffering from it everyday since my puberty. It smells. Now I am 18 and my hands have also started sweating. My sister suffers the same problem in both her underarms and hands. We didn’t do any Botox yet. It may be genetic.
Jamaal D. H.
Barbados
#46
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!
Marie-Eve L.
Canada
#12
I have been suffering of hyperhidrosis since forever! When I was a teenager, it was awful: I was only wearing white or black. Even now, in the summer, I prefer to wear socks and closed shoes so my feet don’t slip! I work as a recruiter and I have to meet a lot of different people. I am always stressed to have to shake hands because my hands are always wet! I avoid all hands contacts with my friends and my partner! Sometimes, I can’t unlocked my phone with my fingerprint because it’s wet and my phone doesn’t recognize it.
Syazwan H.
Malaysia
#70
The earliest memory I have of my condition was as early as 6 years old. I was in kindergarten at the time and the teacher would always pull me aside after each assembly to change my t-shirt as it would be soaked in sweat. Then as I got older I realised that it was not normal for anyone to sweat as much as I did back then. None of my other siblings suffer from it. At 16 years old, I had the hyperhidrosis surgery to control my sweating problems. At first I thought it would be the cure to my condition but now after having the surgery, my sweating got worse, as can be seen in the photo above. I'm blessed to have a wife who understands my condition and now does the clothing shopping for me.
Batoul
Lebanon
#53
I always feel embrassed when someone comes to hand over something to me. I always feel embrassed during social events. I can't hold my fiance's hand, this really makes me annoyed.
Epanu I. S.
Romania
#181
I suffer from hyperhidrosis since I've known myself. This affects me in so many ways: - I can't touch any paperwork, I always use gloves and wipes at work (even if gloves makes this even worse). - I can't handshake with anyone. - Because of my sweat from my feet, I can't wear sandals. - I can't dance with anybody, because I'm afraid they're gonna be disgusted. - It's so hard to drive without tissues or gloves. - Sometimes my hands are so wet, I can't even hold a glass. And so many more... It's sad, but I try to live with this and be happy.
Rocky R.
#75
I am the only one in my family who is suffering from hyperhidrosis. I always wish to be normal because of this suffering. I get shy every time I meet people, as well as driving with other people. I have smelly feet because of hyperhidrosis. I can't even use slippers outside. I had a job before and my hands were very sweaty and I always got shy.
Subodh K.
India
#29
I suffer from excessive sweating on my hands, feet, and armpits.
Iza S.
Poland
#229
I have enough. I have enough of hiding in huge sweaters to hide my sweat stains I have enough of wearing milions of coating to sweat through I have enough of quitting things because of the possibility of becoming visibly wet. I have enough of avoiding social interactions. My hyperhidrosis has been the reason for all that for 10 years (I am 21) and it is a continuous battle. I want to finally function normally, wear beautiful colorful clothes that reflect my personality. This problem is spoken about only in TV series as funny jokes, whereas it’s a regular disease that has to be understood. It is a nightmare, especially without general awareness. I really believe that can change.
Jackylyn F.
Philippines
#34
During grade school I always brought a handkerchief to absorb the sweat from my hands to avoid my notes tearing while writing. When I wear slippers, the dust and sweat from my feet creates muddy footprints on tile floors. As an adolescent I had to distance myself from crowds due to the unpleasant smell from my underarms due to excessive sweating, especially when I’m nervous. I tried to control underarm sweating by using clinical strength antiperspirant but it only budened me because my skin got burnt, irritated, and darkened. I can’t hold hands without putting a hanky on because it’s uncomfortable. My friends compare me to a waterbender and make fun of me by calling me faucet hands. I have no choice but to live a normal life with dripping sweat on my skin during warm weather or if I am tensed. My child who is now 8 years old also has hyperhidrosis.
Melanie D.
United States
#79
I have experienced severe sweating for as long as I can remember. Although I tend to sweat more than normal all over my body, it is most noticeable in my hands, feet and armpits. Some of my biggest daily struggles are: having to change my clothes multiple times a day including going through about 3-4 pairs of socks, using an inordinate amount of paper towels to dry my hands, struggling to use my touch screen phone as well as my touch pad on my laptop, and figuring out what to do with my hands when they are nonstop dripping with sweat.
Marvelyn O.
Philippines
#171
I'm one of those people suffering from face, hands, feet and underarm HH. Hyperhidrosis really affects my life (physical, mental and emotional). I have tried several over the counter antiperspirant but it didn't help. It just makes my HH worse because this year my face also sweats (not just a normal sweat but an excessive sweat). I really want to have a normal life again and the Ionto Machine is my last hope but can't afford since I am still a student. I observed that I sweat more than normal when i was just a teenager but I didn't mind this before because it was just my hands and feet and thought it will just fade away. My parents said this is just "pasma" and I just have to pee on my hands and feet every morning to be cured, but it didn't. I was 18 when i observed my underarms start sweating but still didn't mind at first cause I was working as a factory worker that time. It's not that bad though and I go to work in the early morning and go home at night. And I work in an air-conditioned workplace. But in 2018 I decided to go back to school to study college. That is the time I started to mind my HH cause I experienced bullying from other students. I became conscious with my sweating so I've tried several over the counter antiperspirant but it's just gotten worse. I'm now an incoming 3rd year College student and worried cause I know my HH might affect my incoming OJT. The photo shows my underarm after just a minutes of changing my clothes.

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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.

We are dedicated to empowering those living with hyperhidrosis and continuously striving to educate this public on this widely misunderstood condition, which is why we decided to launch a new awareness campaign called Voices of Hyperhidrosis.

What is Voices of Hyperhidrosis?

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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