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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Lowhat L.
Canada
#18
I am 17 years old, and for as long as I can remember I have always struggled with hyperhidrosis. The older I got the more it affected me. This has affected me very negatively, where it ruined my everyday tasks. It is difficult to write on paper without my hands sliding and smudging the ink. I can’t wear any type of clothing I want and it’s a struggle to even wear sandals/heels.I dread shaking hands with anyone, because I am embarrassed of what people will think.This has caused me to be depressed and it is definitely something not to take lightly. I hope we can shed more light on this topic and someone could read this and relate tremendously.
Diane C. N.
Philippines
#30
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.
Hama C.
Japan
#232
多汗症level2 昔から多汗症に悩んでいます、人と手も繋げないしペンも持てない。欲しい、だからと言ってそんな簡単に買える値段でもない😥本当に悩んでます。
David
United States
#91
I’ve had palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. As I write this, my computer doesn’t recognize hyperhidrosis as a word and wants to spell check it. THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. Anyway, it really isolated me as a kid as I developed anxiety because of it. My parents unfortunately didn’t take it very seriously and said it was just sweat from humidity and never took me to see a doctor for it. I didn’t even know I had it until I was out of college. Thinking back on it now, there was probably at least one person in my life that had it but like me they felt so isolated so we could never relate to one another. I remember what it was like growing up and feeling anxiety when I was about to shake someone’s hand. One hand would get hot, which caused the other to get hot, which in turn, caused my feet to get hot and pretty soon my hands were dripping with sweat. I still go through that now. My hands would sweat so much that there would be puddles on the floor. Talk about embarrassing. Even now as an adult in my 30s my hands sweat. And everyone wonders why I prefer the winter instead of summer. They wonder why I stay away from the beach and prefer to be inside. It is all because of this horrible condition that sets us apart and makes others look down on us for. I will say that Dermadry has significantly helped with my condition but that anxiety will never go away that I developed as a kid because I was never diagnosed for it early on. I still sweat, and I always will but the frequency has drastically decreased. The most difficult thing to cope with with this condition is that I am denied something humans desperately need; the feeling of touch. I was too afraid of dating any girls because I thought they would be disgusted by it, to which, they were. Even when I found that special woman in my life that didn’t care, it eventually got to her and she began to care. I tried for years of every little product imaginable and nothing worked. I am truly upset that this condition is not as talked about as it should be. Thank goodness it has found its way more into the limelight than when I was a kid as this condition will continue to isolate others. I am truly thankful for what Dermadry has provided me with. Thank you.
Ayman M.
Canada
#163
Starting at age 14 I began to experience social embarrassment. School dances, shaking hands with friends, sweaty armpits. It is a silent burden. Nobody sees it, but when you touch them they feel it. Over the last few years I have learned a lot more about hyperhidrosis and how to cope with it in a much healthier way. I am optimistic about how things are turning out!
Bas V.
Netherlands
#33
I can't remember a day without sweaty hands. You can call it a lifestyle. I always have to think about how it will affect me, others and my actions. I can't just do things, I had to give up some hobbies which really made me feel down. I'm glad hyperhidrosis is becoming more 'normal'. Hopefully others will understand our struggle.
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.
Monika
United States
#155
I am a lifelong hyperhidrosis sufferer. Although my sweating is definitely inconvenient at times, it's a part of what makes me "me." I suffer mostly in the palmar, axillary, and plantar regions amongst others...I was started on deodorants at the age of 4!!! As a child, having HH was the trickiest when having to hold hands in a circle (it seems this was done for everything!). Kids can be pretty brutal and I definitely remember getting several "ewwws" in my day in response to my wet sweaty hands. It's quite ironic, in spite of my hyperhidrosis, I adore handshakes and hugs. I'm bummed when my hands are too sweaty to engage. Explaining that still remains a small challenge. These days, I limit my exposure to situations of that nature but every so often, when I'm feeling confident mind you, I give a nice firm handshake, sweaty or not! I read a really great Instagram post from @humansofny where a fellow HH sufferer considered the condition a superpower (hello opening those grocery produce bags!). Most days, I pretty much feel the same! Right now I'm working on getting my underarm sweating under better control since detoxing from commercial deodorants and helping to give HH a voice via my meetup support group. I'm so happy to see the HH community coming together and I can't wait to see what's next!
Praniti
#208
I have had hyperhidrosis for all of my adult life. It has caused a huge issue in my professional and social life where I am always shy to shake hands. I finally came across Dermadry and am so excited to try the treatment and finally get over my social anxiety.
Shannel K.
United States
#162
I've been living with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I've always distanced myself when in family gatherings, social gatherings, etc. It makes me very insecure. I thought I was the only one until I found this website it made me feel better that I'm not alone in suffering from this. I can't afford it yet but when I can I know my life will be changed for the better. I hope sharing my story can make someone feel better and know that they're not alone.
Christine L.
Portugal
#198
I've suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a small child I used to sweat excessively from my hands and feet. I later started sweating under my arms and my back, but it was still manageable. When I turned 25, I had ETS surgery for my hands to stop sweating. I regret not having it done at the same time for my feet. 5 years after having ETS surgery, I noticed I was sweating a lot all over my body. It just started getting worse and worse throughout the years, regardless of the weather or season. At the moment, I'm suffering from extreme compensatory sweating all over. Abdomen, between breasts, my whole back, sides of body, my buttocks and legs. It's so bad it actually drips down my body. I'm constantly wet and my clothes are always sticking to my body as if I've just come out the shower with my clothes on. The only place that doesn't sweat is my face. My left hand is also starting to sweat again. Its ruining my life in every sense. I feel like a lost cause. Does anyone really look for a cure? Will I have my life ruined forever? I'm taking oxybutilin (Ditropan) everyday, the only thing it dries is my mouth. I'm so desperate! I'm literally pouring sweat from my body as I write. I'm dripping all over. Is there anything one can do for compensatory sweating? Will there ever be a treatment/cure? I cannot live like this anymore. I need help desperately and am even prepared to be used for experimental purposes. Anything yo help myself and those going through similar situations. Please, help the HH community. Don't give up! And please do more investigation on compensatory sweat as well. You're our only hope. We count on you. Thanks for all you have done so far.
Jon
Canada
#114
As a financial advisor, I'm constantly shaking hands with clients. Before using Dermadry, my hands were always very clammy and it made shaking hands awkward and embarrassing. After using Dermadry for just 2 months, my palms are completely dry and I can finally hold hands with my wife, high five my friends while watching a game, and confidently shake hands with clients.

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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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