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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Ruwenzori R.
Jamaica
#227
I’ve had hyperhidrosis since I was twelve years old. The first time I noticed it was when I was with friends and they all started laughing at me, but at the time I had thought we were all laughing together, since we were chatting etc. I later found out that there were laughing because of the huge sweat stains that had bled through the armpits of my light colored clothing. Back then, it didn’t really think much of it, though, because I figured it was just a one time thing. But, as I grew older and entered the 7th grade, it started to pose more of a problem to me, because not only were my armpits sweating excessively, but my palms and feet started sweating as well. I recalled at one point it got so bad that my shoes would permanently be odorous and once a classmate of mine stole my shoe and had everyone in the classroom smell it. Which was very damaging to my self esteem. Not only that, but on many occasions I would sweat off my deodorant and it would literally be leaking down my forearms and to my elbows, and It always seemed to happen when I was around other people. So, it wasn’t exactly a confidence booster. It has given me a lot of anxiety, especially in situations where I’ll have to shake someone’s hand. Since nervousness only makes it worse. A notable problem, however, is that I don’t even have to be nervous for it to be triggered. Hyperhidrosis has also impacted me on a daily basis as I am afraid to hold people’s hands, be in social setting or even touch people’s belongings, because I know that within seconds my palms or body will start dripping and probably cause all involved parties discomfort . It also affects my ability to walk somewhat, in the sense that if I wear flip flops or any shoe without straps I’ll slip out of it, which can happen while I’m crossing a road or just taking a stroll, and can even damage my health. It prevents me from wearing the clothes I want to, because of fear of the sweat stains that will be left on the clothing; since I not only sweat from my armpits, palms and feet, but also my arms, the back of my legs and basically anywhere you could imagine. Which leaves me feeling uncomfortable and having to take several baths a day just to feel clean. It also causes me trouble when taking exams or simply doing school work, since sometimes it’s so bad that I am unable to even hold my pencil or pen to write, and even wiping off my hands or sitting in air conditioning doesn’t help. Hyperhidrosis has made me cautious over the years. It has made me overthink many things that people take for granted, even simple things like sitting on certain types of chairs, because I know then when I get up there will be seat stains left behind. Also because of the stigma surrounding the condition. Because of this, I’ve only told a few, select people that I know, one of them being my mother, who is my only family member who knows. Which causes me problems , since everyone else assumes that I’ll be able to do the same things as them and wear the same things as them, etc. but I’m not comfortable telling them, yet, thinking about it upsets me on a daily basis, because it also affects what careers I can choose and how comfortably I will live. I’m 19 now, and even though I’ve been living with it for many years, it has not ceased to cause me discomfort or damage my self esteem when with friends and family or Even when I’m by myself. And it has hardly ever shown any signs of disappearing. So, If I must live with this for the rest of my life, then I at least hope that I’ll be able to find a method of coping with it. But, this is why I’ve chosen to add my voice to the many suffering from Hyperhidrosis, because if I can play my part in raising awareness for a condition that so many suffer from, but is greatly overlooked, then it’s only right that I do so. Many suffer in silence and, from personal experience, knowing that there are more people out there who I can relate to has at least given me a sense of comfort.
Chelsea K.
United States
#148
I am 24 year old female and this is my story. I noticed I had excessive sweating when I would soak through my shirts at school when I was a teenager. The more I got older the worse I got. I sweat excessively from my underarms, feet, and hands. This affects my daily routines like picking out clothes to wear, driving, and writing. I constantly worry of someone touching my hand and feeling how sweaty they are.
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.
Priscilla
Canada
#191
I've been experiencing hyperhidrosis since I was a young teen. At first, it was just my hands that would sweat when I would get nervous but it was never a concern and I thought it was normal. As I got older, I began to sweat in more places, such as my feet, underarms and other areas. This became more of a problem as I would generate so much sweat, it started to affect my confidence and self-image. It pushed me to distance myself from others, give up on hobbies I once enjoyed and decrease my confidence. I'm still learning to navigate my hyperhidrosis but I hope I will soon enjoy the activities I once enjoy and my confidence again.
Isabelle W.
United States
#10
I have had hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. From wiping my hands before a handshake to struggling to hold a pencil while soaking my paper with sweat, I am no stranger to the discomfort it comes with. It had been a constant cause of discomfort for me for a long time. I discovered DermaDry earlier this year after finally researching a solution and immediately purchased one. I was skeptical at first because my hyperhidrosis was so severe and I had dealt with it for so long, however my constant sweating was gone within two weeks! Now, I can't even imagine living with sweaty hands. I am so grateful for my DermaDry!
Shandy R.
Canada
#138
I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis since I was in the 5th grade. I did not really seem to care because I thought that was normal, not until other kids teased me of being gross for having my shirt dripped with sweat coming from my underarms. Since then, I became really conscious. I only wear colors that may hide my soaked underarms, which I do not have much options aside from the color black or other dark colors. I really wish that I could wear whatever outfit I want to wear without minding what color it is. Aside from choosing colors for my clothes which most of the people take for granted, I can say that hyperhidrosis robbed most of my teenage years because I was not able to socialize, dance, and the list goes on and on, without having sweat marks on my underarms. Furthermore, it also affected my academic performance because I was always shy to raise my hand to answer a question because they will see my wet underarms. Aside from this, I also sweat a lot in my hands and my feet. During exams, I tried my best to keep my paper dry. I always get embarrassed to shake hands and socialize. I am also afraid to remove my shoes when I go to other houses because they might smell my sweaty feet. It makes me really sad and embarrassed whenever someone is looking at me because my underarms, hands or feet are so sweaty. It hurts me to know that they think it is gross or that it will be cured just by showering, without knowing that this condition really exists and it affects millions of people around the world, physically, mentally, and emotionally. These are just some of the challenges that I am facing everyday with hyperhidrosis.
Maria A. A.
Philippines
#186
I've been suffering with hyperhidrosis since I was in grade school. And everyday, hyperhidrosis affects my daily life. I listed below my following experiences with it: 1. I really get self-conscious when someone needs to shake my hands, so I prefer fist bumps. However, in a formal event, shaking hands is commonly practiced. I have to wipe first my hand either on my pants or shirt before I could hold the hand of whoever that person is and sometimes they would say that my hands are 'cold' and 'wet'. 2. I rarely use lotion because my hyperhidrosis starts whenever I apply it on my skin. 3. My hands and feet can get wet even if the weather is cold and breezy. 4. In my profession, I need to use surgical gloves to do my job. My gloves gets soaked inside with sweat and would start dripping along to my wrist up to my elbow. After the long use of soaked gloves, my hands get these tiny wrinkles which we usually experience after staying in the pool for a certain period of time. 5. Holding a piece of paper is a real struggle. I had my board exam last 2015, and I had to use my handkerchief while I'm doing my exams because I don't want to ruin my answer sheet and fail just because of my sweaty hands. 6. When I am on my slippers or sandals, my sweaty feet absorbs all kinds of dirt and dust, thus I felt like I've soaked my feet in mud soil. :/ 7. I rarely wear plain colored shirt because it's prone of getting sweat marks on my underarms. Wearing checkered or stripes is my safe zone. 8. Connecting with people with a sense of touch is good, but due to hyperhidrosis, I distance myself from such situations. People like us don't want to get things awkward and sweaty.
Raeanne
Canada
#97
I am a 25 year old female who suffered from hyperhidrosis and Raynaulds my whole life in my hands and feet. This has made life uncomfortable especially going for interviews, dates, karate, writing paper tests and ruining my drawings and gadgets. My hands would swell up and be soaked to the point that they would be dripping and my rings would become stuck. Having Raynaulds on top of it doesn't help as this is when my hands will turn purplish/ black and freeze over in pain at high risk of frostbite. I have not let my conditions take over my life even though no one will truly understand how difficult it can be. I am a recent graduate from college in trades work doing Plumbing & Heating. I do find using power tools a little nerve racking as my grip is slippery but I insist on finding some good gloves. I am nearly a black belt in karate and self defense distracts others when they feel how sweaty my hands are, lol. I have been happily married now for 2 years with my wife and we are currently trying to have kids together and I am glad my wife can handle my hands and feet although she doesn't love it, ;p Thank you for listening to my story!
Ann T.
Canada
#207
I have been living with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I recall having to deal with this very uncomfortable disease even before I was in grade school and it has gotten worse in my adult years. From handwriting to shaking hands to wearing sandals and having soaking wet socks to holding my newborns, the difficulty and uncomfortableness of this disease has made life beyond unbearable at times. It has definitely lowered my self-esteem at certain moments but I’m glad to hear about Dermadry and I’m hoping it really works!
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.
Eduardo C.
United States
#178
Being young you don’t exactly know what normal feels like, thinking if others sweat as much when you take notes or approach a pretty girl across the hall. I’ve fought this since high school, it turned me away from finishing my engineering degree, and discouraged me to meet others. It didn’t ruin my life but it did affect it in many ways. My hands and feet tremendously sweat, I can’t wear sandals and I need to carry a towel with me at all times in case it gets out of hand. Trying different products, different doctors, taking it into my own hands by building a device, nothing has worked. I’ve learnt by now how to live with it by wearing certain types of clothing and not touching objects that I know will trigger it. It is still very uncertain to me because of how uncontrollable and random it can be, one day my hands will be fine and others they will literally drip and make puddles. I have no other problems as far anxiety or being really nervous so its been a huge mystery to me and burden in my life that I’ve pretty much given up on finding a solution for a very long time now. My parents recently showed me this website and the more I read on it the more hope I got, I’m very positive about the Dermadry product and I know it will put me back onto an even more successful path.
Stefanie I.
Canada
#49
It all started when I was 15. I had begun my tryouts for a new soccer club (a very highly ranking one) and noticed that I was sweating much more than normal. I was used to sweating while playing, but at school I noticed it too. I would be in 2nd period and my underarms were soaked. It was embarrassing. I tried all kinds of tricks over the years to hide my hyperhidrosis, even so much as wearing hoodies in the middle of summer to hide my embarrassing armpits. I shared with my mom my concerns, and she re-assured me she had gone through the same thing during puberty, so I chalked it up to that in the hopes that as I got closer to 20, it would disappear. I was very wrong. My sweating continued and nothing could keep it away. I tried every “medical strength” deodorant, those underarm pads (which didn’t even stick to the shirts?!), but nothing could stop it. I got so upset having to throw out shirts because they got stained so badly and as much as I wanted to buy shirts that I loved the style of, I couldn’t bear doing it because I knew what would happen to them due to my sweating. Going to events as an adult was horrible because it would only be 20 minutes in, and my underarms were totally soaked. It made me very unsocial. I looked into the laser removal but it was far too expensive for me. I got to trying a product I found called ZeroSweat and it actually was working! I wasn’t sweating as much, but it was a bit of a painful product to use. It also required me to grow out my armpit hair which was a bit awkward for me in the summertime. Eventually it didn’t feel like it worked all that well anymore. About 2 months ago, a company called Dermadry reached out to me wondering if I would like to try their machine in exchange for review on my social media. After looking into the product, I was excited. Since using it, I have noticed a staggering difference! I’m not as embarrassed anymore to put on shirts, and I feel far more comfortable going out in public or with friends because I don’t feel like my sweating will be as bad. It is an ongoing journey but I have discovered that the good people won’t point it out to embarrass you, they won’t pay it any mind and if you want to bring it up, they will be happy to listen.

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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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