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.
Layla W.
United States
#80
I began noticing my excessive sweating in both my hands and feet in 5th grade. I’m not sure exactly when I discovered I had hyperhidrosis, but I definitely knew something was weird. Grade school was the worst, because of all the games we were forced to play. Now that I am in college and an adult, it’s eased up a bit but it’s still challenging. Shaking people's hands and playing ice breakers in college is challenging and embarrassing. That’s only the social stress of hyperhidrosis. comes with low self esteem and so much more emotional battles. I hate that I can’t do the simplest things with my hands. Holding hands with my partner, getting my nails done or even wearing sandals without the thoughts of embarrassment. Now that I am older I have come to accept my hyperhidrosis and vowed to myself that I should make friends and family aware of this condition.
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!
Lavi A.
United States
#160
All of my life I’m living with this hyperhidrosis. Every time I’m a little bit nervous or a little hot, I start sweating. All meetings I go to I start thinking about the meeting and I sweat and it makes me lose my confidence. When I started using Dermadry everything changed and I’m so happy and all the confidence came back to me and I’m so thankful for the company.
Roxanne B.
Canada
#122
I was so shy with my hyperhidrosis even before when I was young. As a Christian, we used to have prayer meetings and as we pray we holds hand...my hands are always dripping and I feel so bad about it. Sometimes it’s my reason for not attending the prayer meetings, I feel awful not attending sometimes. Back when I was at school, we'd write a lot in our notebooks and sometimes when I need to review some of the notes I can’t read the words because they're already faded because of my sweaty hands. I can’t run with slippers because it’s slippery. I can’t even go get my nails done because of sweaty hands and feet. Now as a new mom my struggle with my hyperhidrosis is holding my baby’s hand or giving him some body rubs. One big struggle is also pushing the stroller.
Rocky R.
#75
I am the only one in my family who is suffering from hyperhidrosis. I always wish to be normal because of this suffering. I get shy every time I meet people, as well as driving with other people. I have smelly feet because of hyperhidrosis. I can't even use slippers outside. I had a job before and my hands were very sweaty and I always got shy.
Mayank
India
#127
I still can't believe that I am writing my story with dry hands right now. I am a trainee commercial Pilot from India. A country where even the doctors don't not know much about Hyperhidrosis. You cannot find Iontophoresis machines nor any treatments here. I was depressed as being in the field of Aviation, you meet new people everyday and shaking hands is the first gesture one should make. I would always find some excuse to avoid it to prevent myself from being embarrassed. It lowered my confidence. I had never been so helpless in my life before. I did a lot of research on the internet and found out about Dermadry and they ship to my country. But it was expensive and sadly my parents didn't understand my problem because they can never know what I went through everyday. It's not their fault because Hyperhidrosis is a highly underrepresented condition. I had saved some money for 5 years but still was not enough. I did not lose hope and went on the website. A chat window popped up and I told the unknown person on the other side of the screen my story. The representative not only understood my condition but was very kind to offer me a discount. That was my second most happiest day in my life, First being the day when the love of my life proposed me :D. It changed my life. Once being enslaved to sweat, Dermadry set me free. Now I am happy and confident in my life. In my picture I made half heart and the other half is completed by Dermadry and team because they gave me a new life. Thank you all of you from the bottom of my heart.
Julia Z.
Canada
#188
Growing up with hyperhidrosis, while not knowing what it was, nor that I had the condition, took a toll on my self-confidence and mental health. Especially being a kid who was surrounded with judgmental children and adults who couldn't tell me why I would sweat uncontrollably, and also having people not believe me, because I was just a kid, was difficult. The hidden struggles of hyperhidrosis eventually accumulated and manifested itself into this powerful being that made me feel overly anxious about how I was being perceived by others and into being shy. That is, until I changed my perspective on my struggles. At some point in my journey with hyperhidrosis, I decided to own this insecurity, and to take the power away from things that used to control me. I became open with my hyperhidrosis while educating my friends, instead of hiding it the best that I could. The worst thing for people who suffer with hyperhidrosis is to feel like they should be ashamed of it, and to hide it, instead of seeking help and owning it! Making this change made me feel free, and not tied down by things I couldn't control, because I've taught myself better than that. (no, seriously. learning more about hyperhidrosis made me realize that I could actually adopt treatments that would get rid of my sweating, like Dermadry, which I use now). I hope my story can get out there and encourage others to conquer the anxiety and the sweat, and to let them know that they aren't alone!
Sachu J.
Canada
#193
Hyperhidrosis is what has stopped me from doing everything that I ever wanted.
Nyah S.
Canada
#179
I've had sweaty hands since I was 7, and it's been a nightmare since then. My confidence has deteriorated because of it and I refrain from touching people to avoid embarrassment. I write with a tissue so my paper doesn't get wet and it's just something that has been holding me down for a very long time.
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
Mariam B.
Saudi Arabia
#36
'- I suffer from palmar, plantar and underarm hyperhidrosis (yeah, lucky me). - My sisters, although they love me, they still think that its gross whenever I show them my sweaty hands and feet. - I live in a desert country so heat+sand+hyperhidrosis=BIG NO. I can’t wear any decent sandals because of that otherwise it would get tacky and all muddy. - I can’t wear my colored clothes, I remember at a party I wore a maroon color shirt out of excitement and it had a huge pit sweat stain so I was constantly struggling to hide it. - I wear loose shirts or tank tops so my pits get aired out and won’t sweat. - I literally have to constantly wash my hands, cool them in front of an air conditioner or use tissue to dry my hands 24hrs a day. - My career choices do get affect a lot, because every time I've had an interview, I’m not sweating because I’m nervous, I’m nervous because I’m sweating (weird though). - It really takes tremendous courage to go out and socialize and meet-up with friends because when I do, half the time I’m thinking about my sweating and hiding it for no one to see. - I’m always isolating emotionally and professionally. Have to make up my mind and think about a thousand other positive things so I don’t get sweaty, but in the end I still do. Sometimes it's quite upsetting to think about how it would be like to someday not be sweating at all. - The things other people take for granted could mean everything for some people like us. - I’m building up courage every day to tell people that we’re so much more than this condition and still have hopes that it would someday fade away.
Roxane C.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
#87
I have been suffering with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I feel like I missed out on so much and refrained myself from doing so many things because of this condition. I prevented myself from partaking in any activities that would expose my condition. I never left the house without a towel or packet of tissues, constantly clutching it in my hands to prevent sweat from dripping. I bought the Dermadry late last year and I can honestly say I feel like a new person. As long as I keep on top of my treatments, I have dry hands and feel like I can take on anything thrown my way. I'm even trying new things I was always afraid to try like piano lessons. Dermadry is a life changer for people with hyperhidrosis and would highly recommend.

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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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