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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Vishal S. A.
India
#74
Hyperhidrosis has affected me since childhood when I was just 11 years old (currently 20). At first I didn't know that sweating too much is considered abnormal and when I looked around everyone had dry hands but me. Some of my classmates never wanted to shake hands with me while others who did were often seen wiping off their hands with a disgusted look. To write anything, I've to keep a handkerchief or a small towel beneath my hands or else my notebook gets super wet. Many times while in school I had to rewrite again the whole thing due to the wet pages getting torn or smudged with ink. Today I also have to continuously wipe my hands while working on my laptop or else the keyboard gets wet and messy. I can't hold anything for more than 10 seconds or else sweat starts to drip heavily from my palms. Anxiety and nervousness triggers and doubles the amount of sweating. Wearing flip flops and sandals are a disaster as they would just slip out of my sweaty feet. Also my feet stink so much after removing the shoes or socks. Weather doesn't affect anything.My hands and feet still sweat whether it's hot, cold or raining outside. I've seen many doctors from allopathy to homeopathy to ayurveda but every single one of them has failed to cure my palms and feet.
Alvin C.
Malaysia
#230
My hands and feet are sweating a lot. It's quite embarrassing when you need to shake hands with clients and relatives. I have to keep wiping my hands and feet very often. My confidence level also drops due to this issue.
Marta K.
Poland
#151
Hyperhidrosis affected me since I was a child. My hands and feet become so wet, that you can see drops of sweat. Whenever I write something, my notebook pages get wet and my writing blurry. I'm afraid of shaking my hand with new people. In summer I can only wear sandals with raw leather, because they can absorb some of my sweat. I've seen many doctors and they never acknowledged my problem, they usually say that I'm young and recommend some cream. When I'm taking exam in school I can't focus on what I'm writing, because I need to wipe my hands all the time. I don't feel comfortable with touching anything in public or handing my money while paying. Sometimes when I take off my shoes and have only socks on, they become so damp that I leave wet footprints on the floor. When I use my computer mouse and keyboard I tend to leave puddles of sweat on my desk. I feel like I can't do many activities because of my wet hands and it bothers me everyday.
Destiny T.
Canada
#96
I have been struggling with severe hyperhidrosis in the armpits, hands, and feet since I was 8 years old and I am now 17 years old turning 18 soon. I have gone to the doctors and have tried almost everything and nothing has helpful, I was gonna try Botox but I can’t get it covered and my house hold is low income. I've always have been super self conscious about it and it has held me back from dressing the way I want to dress I mostly stick with black or something that could be put over it. To be honest I just want to be able to not worry about sweating all the time and what clothes I am wearing because of it and what other people think of it.
Laura
United States
#4
I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. My goal has always been to be comfortable wearing shoes without socks on. For many years I have always only been able to buy sandals with suede soles because of how sweaty my feet would get in plastic sandals. I have already noticed a difference with DermaDry. I am looking forward to wearing the shoes in the picture for my upcoming wedding!
Natalie
United States
#85
I have had hyperhidrosis for a decade starting in sixth grade. While I have tried Botox and oral medication to relieve the sweating, it only helps somewhat. I would say I have moderate to severe hyperhidrosis. In times when I am even relaxed, my hands will sweat so profusely, it may be hard to drive or walk when my feet get so sweaty. This has affected me both mentally and emotionally. I work in a communications profession. I love speaking and communicating to others, but when shaking hands or presenting, one would assume I am terrified. I am only terrified of people figuring out how sweaty my hands are. I have been severely embarrassed and been made fun of. I have to strategically find ways why my hands or feet may be wet, I have to wear specific shoes and I avoid going to places to get my nails or feet done because I fear the nail technicians would judge me. I have suffered for so long, and I now am confident enough to share my story with others who also experience the same issues I experience.
Aymen
Algeria
#187
I always struggled with my hyperhidrosis that I can't even shake people's hands. Now, I got a driver's license, and I discovered I can't drive with those sweaty hands. Don't worry I'm using gloves to drive :p
Beyan
#239
From sweaty handshakes to wet paper. The struggle is there. As someone who uses a computer a lot, it is really traumatising to see your brand new laptop drenched in sweat and salt.
Erez L.
Thailand
#110
Living in Thailand, and having the sweating problem in my palms and feet is not easy. (tropic weather). Finding the Dermadry Total was a blessing. As of now it reduced the sweating by over 50%. Looking forward to the future.
Sumit M.
India
#47
It's been 20 years that I'm suffering form hyperhidrosis. Every summer is disgusting for me. I can't shake hands and i need to hide from everyone. Some of the people find this thing funny, but for me this is a curse. Every day is very difficult with hyperhidrosis.
Nelio
Saudi Arabia
#45
I'm always putting lots of tissues when going out or going to office for work to minimize and control my armpit sweating. Even when I'm applying deodorants/antiperspirant, sweating still occurs. It affects my self-esteem and self-confidence.
Zainab
#190
My journey with hyperhidrosis has been a tough one. It's one filled with much struggle and hardship within my private life as well as socially. Suffering from hyperhidrosis from 5 years old and now being an adult is difficult. I suffer from excessive sweating mainly on my hands, feet and underarms however it does affect me everywhere. It's something I experience all year round, summer and winter, leaving me so uncomfortable. Having this condition affects me everyday possible, and sometimes it can be the smallest things but would affect me greatly, whether it be traveling on public transport and holding the polls, shaking someone's hand- trying to find any means possible not to and finding awkward explanations, writing my exams and having my paper get wet, smudges and smears all over my written work, having to have my finger prints scanned at immigration and constantly having to wipe my hands, using my phone-always gives problems with touchscreen and finger print scanner, wearing darker clothing to hide sweat patches, can’t wear sandals as my feet are always dripping wet so always having to wear socks and when I become nervous or stressed, my body temperature rises and I sweat like no tomorrow. I cannot explain how embarrassing you can feel at times, and it can really bother you and affect your mental health. At points it does make you feel at your lowest but you just have to push past it and rise from it, and acknowledge that it's part of you. Growing older, this condition makes everything difficult. Every discussion I make has to be revolved around my condition, for example whether the workplace can adapt to my needs, etc. I've been to to the doctors many times but not much is done about it. Some don't know about the condition and some deem it as 'normal' and say that it would eventually go away. I’ve tried a few treatments like antiperspirants and creams, but it doesn’t do a thing. Many of the treatments available are extremely expensive which makes it even harder, so I'm always on the lookout and researching for affordable and cost effective ways I can make myself more comfortable and happy while going through this. I do feel sometimes I'm the only one going through this, but I know other people are out there just like me. I really do hope more awareness can be bought around this condition as not many people know of it. And that hopefully there will be a cure for it, offering a long lasting solution.

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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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