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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Cheong H.
Malaysia
#205
I've been suffering from hyperhidrosis since I was a kid. My palms, feet, and underarms sweat constantly most of the day. It ruins my life, takes away my confidence, and puts me in embarrassing situations. I had tried a lot of methods just to get rid of this, but so far none of them work. With the high successful rate in iontophoresis, I see a hope in changing my life.
Gina
Canada
#121
"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.
Devan
United States
#249
For anyone still on the fence, do it - it will change your life! I had excessive sweating in my palms before I used this, had it for the past 20+ years. Now after 3 weeks using the device for 3/4 times per week the improvement is immense. I don't need to worry about trivial things like shaking hands at interviews, high fiving some one or holding hands with a loved one.. I won't have to wipe my palms against my trousers anymore either! Having sweaty hands has always affected my confidence where I've become very self conscious about what other people will think, but this has been able to resolve my issue and my confidence is back to an all time high. My friends and family are sick of me telling them to touch my hands to see how dry & smooth they are now (make sure you apply hand cream so it's not rough/dry). Truly a game changer!
Ralph P.
United States
#222
I’ve dealt with the problem of hyperhidrosis for more or less my whole life. Over the years, hyperhidrosis has been a major point of discomfort, especially in social settings and business. I even went as far as to have the medical sympathectomy procedure which helped with my hands, but unfortunately it redirected a lot of the sweating to my feet area. I couldn’t wear sandals and avoided moving to living in very humid climates because my feed would be drenched in sweat, sometimes to the point of dangerously slipping and sliding on slippery floors.. After dealing with this for so long and having tried so many other solutions, I had pretty much given up until someone recommended the Demadry system.. After using Dermadry for just 2 weeks my feet are completely dry and I can wear sandals again and walk around barefoot again.
Jessie
United States
#164
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.
Sachu J.
Canada
#193
Hyperhidrosis is what has stopped me from doing everything that I ever wanted.
Sasha S.
United States
#142
I have suffered with hyperhidrosis since middle school. Being an athlete made it no better. It has been embarrassing and I have went from underarm pads, to every deodorant and anti-perspirant you can think of. It seems to have gotten worse over time to the point where I could just be sitting still and sweat would leak down from my underarm I’m drops like I had just finished a mile run and due to my underarm being constantly wet, I would get like diaper rashes. It was stressful! I can honestly say that now, thanks to Duradry, I have yet to experience any wet armpits! I am so excited that I no longer have to continuously throw away shirts due to sweat stains! I’m never going back!!!
Subodh K.
India
#29
I suffer from excessive sweating on my hands, feet, and armpits.
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.
Christianne M.
Canada
#11
Ever since I could remember, hyperhidrosis has definitely affected me in numerous ways. • I learned to purposely hold cold drinks in my right hand so I could blame the condensation from the drink for making my hands wet instead of admitting it was sweat • I could never buy colored shoes as my feet would sweat so much they would show visible stains • I wear sweaters in the summer so I have my sleeves to wipe my hands on • I've messed up taking orders on touch screen machines at work because my hands would slip • I usually have to wipe down my couch as my feet get sweaty when I sit cross legged • Hand holding is almost always not an option • At the nail salon, they already know to have a paper towel roll at my station during my appointments I've been told many times that it isn't a big deal, but hyperhidrosis has lowered my self confidence many times and life would definitely be easier if it didn't exist!
Tyler
United States
#32
The whispers began around 4th grade. I couldn’t go a day without my teacher or another student asking why my hands were wet, why my shirts had armpit stains, or why my white shoes were yellow. I thought it was normal- that it was just part of being me, that sweating that much just happened. I had seen a commercial explaining hyperhidrosis when I knew instantly that’s what I had. I searched Facebook for a support group where I confirmed my self-diagnosis through the images and experiences there. It wasn’t until I was 16 when I mentioned it to my doctor; he watched as I flipped my sandal over and a full puddle spilled onto the white tile flooring. The first thing they recommend was Botox, but I definitely couldn’t afford it. He wanted to try out medications, but the support group I joined recommended iontophoresis, my Dr. had never heard of it. He put in the order and insurance covered the rest. I used the machine, after about 2 weeks of 30 minutes a day I was dry. After about 3 months, I couldn’t do it anymore. It was way too much emotionally having to “fix myself” as a young teen. I went back to my doctor and requested medication for my palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis. They started me on robinul with no luck. Once again per my support groups advice, I asked for a specific medication: oxybutinin. After a few dosage adjustments, this medication has completely changed my quality of life. I can write on a piece of paper without it ripping, confidently touch another person, and not have to worry about my hands slipping behind the wheel. Hyperhidrosis has always defined me, but now I define myself.
Nabilah
Singapore
#113
I’ve been experiencing hyperhidrosis from a very young age. At that time, I didn’t know what it was and how I could reduce it. It just felt like my hands were warm and wet most of the time. In school, I had to choose very specific pens for writing (with rubber grips) so that the pen could actually stay in my hands. I would seldom reach for ink pens unless it was a “good day” for me which seldom happens. Even so, I would eventually switch to ballpoint pen at some point halfway through the day because of my sweaty palms. Even with the use of pens with grips, my handwriting would look horrible while my hands were sweating. As such, I prefer taking down notes digitally. However there are instances where that is not possible, such as in an exam situation. I remember layering tissues under my palm as I move along the paper writing my 1500-word essay during the exam with handwriting that doesn’t even resemble my actual penmanship. My papers would also wrinkle and curl due to my sweaty palms and it was embarrassing when I had to hand that in during the examination. This carried over to my adult life where I had to choose a job that is suitable such that my sweaty palms wouldn’t be a major issue or obstacle. Besides that, I do notice that my technological devices tend to get damaged easily as well. I am also unable to enjoy my hobbies that incidentally involve the use of writing materials. I hope that individuals with this condition will become aware of the possible solutions for hyperhidrosis and that more people will grow to be accepting and understanding towards individuals with these issues because this condition is literally “out of our hands” :’)

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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.

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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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