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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Teresa F.
Japan
#88
Having hyperhidrosis means needing to always remember to have a "sweat towel" with me at all times. It means thinking about my future wedding dress and trying to figure out what exact style would hide my armpit sweat. It means touching shoe materials to see if my feet sweat would erode its color within weeks like they usually do. I was trapped in a bubble of my condition, but with Dermadry, I'm free. I have never been more social in my life. I still can't believe I can wear a gray long sleeve and not get stares. I'm finally me.
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.
Mary A. S.
Philippines
#195
I've been experiencing hyperhidrosis and it affects my daily life. Every single day. It's so embarrassing. I thought it was normal...it's become more obvious that it isn't. Although I suffer from hyperhidrosis all over and not just a specific body part, the most extreme parts are my face and armpits. It's so awful and very inconvenient to perform tasks with a sweaty face and armpits. I sweat all the time.
Justin
United States
#1
I have lived with hyperhidrosis in my entire life. It has been very difficult to adapt with this condition growing up. Now my life is so much better after using Dermadry along with an anticholinergic medication prescribed by my dermatologist. This combination of treatment really helped to reduce the severity of my condition tremendously. I am glad that I found out about Dermadry.
Martha
Canada
#108
I have chronic hyperhidrosis, affecting my underarms, hands and feet. I tried so many things and sadly nothing ever worked. I moved to Canada and I thought that was going to be a nice solution since it's a very cold country. Unfortunately that wasn't the solution either. I have noticed that my hyperhidrosis is very related to my anxiety levels (and sadly, anxiety is another condition that I deal with). So, at work for example, if I encounter a situation that is stressful, I would start sweating with no control. When I work out I also sweat a bunch! Hyperhidrosis has affected every single part of my life. I was discouraged to learn how to play the guitar due to my excessive hand sweating. After years I didn't care and I learnt how to play the guitar, and let me tell you, my hands are crazy sweaty that I drip. You can see the multiple drops sliding from my hand to my elbow when I play my guitar. Love life? Oh yeah it has affected me as well, the embarrassment of holding hands :( Educationally? Of course, hyperhidrosis has affected that area as well, I would never participate in class just cause I would get very nervous and sweat incredibly much. I'm not able to wear all types of shoes. Whenever I wear sandals, I totally slide out of them due to my sweaty feet. Just by sitting and doing 0 physical activity I sweat, and when as I mentioned, when I work out, I sweat way more than anybody else :( I have tried to control my anxiety and of course to use Dermadry, which so far is the only thing that has reduced my sweat, I now sweat between 50-70% less than I used to, thanks to iontophoresis. To me 70% is a great deal! Even sweating 50% less is a gigantic difference than with no treatment whatsoever.
Sabrina D. S.
United Arab Emirates
#166
I have been experiencing hyperhidrosis since the age of 13 and have been suffering from it on my hands, feet and underarms. It’s really hard to get things done, and especially when certain activities involve more hands on work.
Shriyash G.
Nepal
#3
I'm just a simple 16 year old who sweats a lot. As a sufferer of palmar hyperhidrosis, I even struggle to write this paragraph because of my sweaty hands. I discovered I have this condition just recently and due this I have been facing a lot of problems. I even suffered from social anxiety due to this. Even though hyperhidrosis doesn't let me do and feel what a normal person can do, I am learning to live with it. I even try to explain to people the condition I suffer from known as hyperhidrosis and explain people that this actually is an illness and actually disturbs your everyday activities from having trouble writing in a paper to using your phone to even worse having sweaty armpits (for those have it in the underarms). Hope this inspires people to raise awareness on this topic and help those who suffer from it to not feel embarrassed and come out.
Fan
Canada
#243
Ever since I was young I had a somewhat psychological and physical condition reaction to sweating. Especially when I am a little nervous. This is a huge hinderance for me in professional settings and it is something I dream of getting rid of. I have tried Botox and it is expensive and very paindful. So I researched and read about the good reviews on Dermadry and decide to give it a try!
Caiden
Canada
#137
I have always been bullied for my sweaty hands, it’s always been something i’m cautious about. It affects literally everything I do. I sweat on my feet too. I’ve ruined so many pairs of shoes and socks. I can’t even sit in my room without dying of sweating!! I don’t even want to leave my room or go back to work because of it but I can’t afford the machine and really want it. My phone always gets soaking wet from my hands and I have to do SO MUCH laundry because of my feet. my shirts always get ruined because of armpit stains. I'm stuck.
Samantha
Canada
#192
Hyperhidrosis affects me in many ways; I have had it my whole life. I have to bring a small towel with me when I'm driving for my hands and arm pits. The AC is usually on even when it's cold to dry my hands and feet. I sometimes go through 12 shirts a day when I'm at home. Wearing sandals is usually a no, unless there is memory foam and can soak up the sweat. Doing my hair is a miserable task because my hands can't run through my hair wet and will soak my hair when styling. Skin care and makeup becomes a hassle and takes longer to do because I'm sweating hands, feet and pits. It's just awful... My boyfriend doesn't mind but it does affect us. I was at a fancy dinner and my arm was dripping and I wanted so badly to wipe it but it would have been so obvious :( Sleeves are a must!! And the color black is usually the go-to. Speaking in public and be stressful for fear of where to wipe hands. Handing or receiving things from people is embarrassing. Using public computers or touching things leaves puddle evidence. It can be debilitating in it's own ways at times but you try to find ways to deal with it. Nothing has worked for me yet but I have hope in trying ionto treatment in the future. I want to wear a dress and be dry, and not feel freezing cold because the sweat gets cold and messes with my body temperature.
Erica V.
Canada
#157
I have hyperhidrosis all over my body, but my feet seem to sweat the most. I almost always wear socks and close toed shoes for fear of other people noticing the sweat dripping off my feet. I can’t count the number of times I’ve dried my feet off with toilet paper in the bathroom during an event for which I wore heels. The discomfort and embarrassment from my sweating have caused me to always focus on trying to hide my condition when I’m out, rather than just enjoy myself.
Sahn
United States
#2
Since a young age, having sweaty palms and feet was always a huge insecurity. It is really hard shaking someone's hand especially when it comes to a professional setting due to my palms being wet. When I write notes, do homework, or take exams, the paper always gets soaked due to the sweat on my palms. I have been bullied a lot back when I was in middle school due to having sweaty hands. I have even been to multiple dermatologists and even tried using certain types of prescribed medication. It is a huge insecurity and a struggle when everything you touch becomes wet. As a college student, I have been able to face my fear and insecurity of hyperhidrosis. Instead, I am now in the search of finding a solution that will cure it.

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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.

We are using this platform to amplify the voices of those living with hyperhidrosis. Our goal is to create visual and textual documentation that explores the individual lives of hyperhidrosis sufferers.

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