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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Ryan D. R.
United Arab Emirates
#103
My hyperhidrosis is a bit different from the usual as it is not only in my foot and underarms, but my entire body sweats. I already have heavy sweating on my head that makes me so uncomfortable when eating food with any bit of spice and simply acting in public. The most demoralizing part though is the sweating in my groin area. Since high school I have already noticed how I sweat more than others but also the sweat stains I leave on my seat when I stand up. I noticed how any surface would easily fog when it came in contact with my skin or when I sit on an area. It has limited me and my decisions in life as I'm always leaning towards career and life choices that avoids embarrassment due to this condition. A good example is how I have never worn khaki and any light colored pants/shorts since high school. I have also been wearing boxers instead of briefs. Now in my early 30's, it has not been ok to be always checking your seat when standing up, missing a lot of opportunities and just being so self-conscious. The picture I sent was taken just after I arrived home from the mall. It might be weird to take a photo of it in the mall cubicle. It might not reflect on the picture but the crotch area of my boxer short is soaked. This resulting from just doing a mundane task of walking in an AIRCONDITIONED mall.
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.
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.
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.
Pavan
India
#206
It all started when I was in Montessori. One day my teacher noticed that my notebook was completely wet. Since i was in a small class, my parents thought it was not a big deal and gradually it would decrease. But the worst stage started in secondary school, where I couldn't complete notes and exams, in the prescribed time. I wasn't able to wear sandals etc. Still, I wasn't bothered much by it at that stage. One day there was a scholarship test, and as a student I was eligible. I completed the whole process, but I wasn't able to write because the machine was unable to scan my fingerprints. When I entered law school, the situation worsened. Specifically, law students need a good social approach, and they deal with more and more papers. Here, I wasn't able to hold papers, pens, or a laptop. I even had to deal with everyone trying to give me a handshake. They would ask why my hands were so wet. Due to this I missed so many opportunities in my law school. When it comes to normal life, it's worse. If someone tells me to take a picture, I can't. Believe it or not I couldn't even hold my sister's child. At the beginning, I suddenly start to sweat. Later if I enter someone's home, again I start to sweat and everyone notices. it is gradually pushing me into a depression.
Jen
Philippines
#211
Hyperhidrosis has been my life-long struggle. I have always dreamed that if only I didn’t sweat like this, I could have become a much better version of me with nothing to hide from anyone and nothing to be embarrassed about. Nothing would have stopped me from doing anything I wanted to do. People always assume that I just overthink it and it’s the reason why I sweat. In fact, it is a nightmare because when you’re aware that you’re sweating no matter what you do or how calm you are. The moment you know you are sweating you tend to sweat more and more and more until it’s very uncomfortable. Despite the struggle I have to deal with my whole life everyday I try my best to be productive but again I’m so limited with what I can do. It was so embarrassing to be a teenager before to sweat in front of people and even as an adult. My shirts are soaked, I have to change my shirt on average 5 times a day. Hyperhidrosis has really affected me physically and mentally. I don't socialize because I'm too embarrassed to go out. My whole body sweats excessively all the time. Sweating has made me depressed as well. Hyperhidrosis has affected me in all areas of life. I put my trust on that one day I will live confidently without sweat. It’s been so long and years of feeling helpless so I’m writing this story to share and raise awareness! Knowing that I’m not alone and that there are really people out there that understand me and know how hard life is with hyperhidrosis. Now, I’m more positive and looking forward to be using this amazing product I put all my trust and hope that this will help me. Thank you so much 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.
John
United States
#214
Hyperhidrosis can be maddeningly frustrating. Normal every day tasks become difficult. It can be very embarrassing at times.
Elizabeth R. C.
Peru
#64
It all started when I was 8 years old and since that moment everything changed. I have hyperhidrosis in my hands and feet. At the very beginning I just tried to hide it from my family and friends. There was very little information on the internet about it so I thought I was the only one suffering from this excessive sweating. So far it is still a problem for me to shake hands, to write down on a piece of paper, to wear rings or sandals, to use public transportation, but overall it has been a problem affecting my self-esteem and self-confidence. However, thanks to people's experiences on internet I found out new solutions for hyperhidrosis and fortunately emotional support as well because now I know I am not alone in this journey.
Omar
Saudi Arabia
#183
I have hyperhidrosis in almost all of my body including hands, armpits, back, face, chest, feet. It really changed my life for the worse and made me anti-social. I don't handshake people and i don't like to go outside. Even when it's freezing cold, I sweat a lot. I'm only eighteen and my anxiety goes through the roof when I'm sweating excessively in front of people. My friends and school classmates used to laugh at me for smelling bad and having sweat marks and have hands that literally produce sweat for a whole country lol. I live in the Middle East and it's so hard for me to live in such a high temperature atmosphere. Even at 11 PM it is 42°C. I bathe almost everyday and I have no clue what to do with my situation, it made me hate the body that I have.
Faktea
India
#68
Well it is a lot like others' hyperhidrosis: my feet sweat a lot and the worst part is they smell awful, when I take bath, just five minutes later it gets sticky and smells very bad—nobody wants to be with me because I smell. They laugh at me behind my back but I know about it. My friends are distant but I don't hate them, I feel it's my fault. When gathering around at some places like college, school etc., it follows me everywhere and I don't feel confident and I feel very depressed. I wish this suffering could go away, I don't know how long I'll suffer from hyperhidrosis.
Alexandre
Canada
#62
I always have to wipe my forehead and underarms when at work or doing chores around the house.

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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.

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