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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Mya
#167
I have been affected by hyperhidrosis for as long as I could remember. Hands, feet and underarms. It has affected me in so many ways. My dream growing up was to be a makeup artist but having sweaty hands and touching people's faces does not work with my condition. Now I work in PR so I'm always meeting people, introducing myself. I tend to go straight in for a hug and a kiss rather than a handshake! Silver lining about Covid-19 is not having to shake hands anymore which is the best thing to happen to me recently! :-)
Caiden
Canada
#137
I have always been bullied for my sweaty hands, it’s always been something i’m cautious about. It affects literally everything I do. I sweat on my feet too. I’ve ruined so many pairs of shoes and socks. I can’t even sit in my room without dying of sweating!! I don’t even want to leave my room or go back to work because of it but I can’t afford the machine and really want it. My phone always gets soaking wet from my hands and I have to do SO MUCH laundry because of my feet. my shirts always get ruined because of armpit stains. I'm stuck.
Nasim
France
#202
Depuis le primaire j’ai commencé à sentir les effets de hypersustentation, c’était très désagréable, pendant les examens je ne pouvais pas tenir mon stylo, en grandissons je pensais que sa aller passer mais c’est devenu encore pire dans la vie sociale, dans le domaine professionnel j’hésite de serrer la main par manque de rejet, ça me gâche la vie …
Candice F.
Australia
#149
I have suffered with severe sweating on my hands and feet since I can remember. Hyperhidrosis affected my confidence, causing social and emotional stress. I am so happy that I found a successful treatment using iontophoresis.
Jeremy H.
United States
#184
This is me on an average day - sweaty palms, sweaty feet, and sweaty pits. I've had hyperhidrosis for all of my adult life - and it has always been a big issue for me. Normally I wouldn't dare wear this dress shirt unless I wear a coat over it. Grays are not an option. Summer time in NYC, fuhgedaboutit. As a physician, it's been embarrassing and held me back at times, avoiding handshakes and personal contact so that people don't get drenched. And suffering from stinky feet because my socks are in a perpetual state of wet.
Russel M.
Philippines
#17
Hyperhidrosis affects my well-being and limits everything in my life.
Emily
United States
#240
Since I was in elementary school, I've dealt with extreme overactive sweat glands in my hands, feet, underarms, and most recently, groin. It doesn't matter if I'm cold or hot, nervous or calm. Since 9th grade, I've been taking an oral medication that has significantly decreased the amount of sweat, but even with medicine, it's a huge problem. It comes out so heavily, making me wet, uncomfortable, and self conscious. I've learned to pick outfits according to how sweaty I think I'll be that day. I separated myself from groups of people and Sunday school classes because I didn't want to touch anyone or be called gross. As a child, my pencil would slip out of my hand while writing, and my paper would become soaked. I'd leave puddles on the keyboard in typing class. The driver's ed teacher had to wipe down the steering wheel for the next student. I learned to live a life of hiding. As an adult, I still prefer my distance from people. On my wedding day, I couldn't even hold my husband's hands at the altar because they were dripping and swollen with wetness. I had to go barefoot because the heels kept slipping off my feet. The ring almost didn't fit because my fingers were so swollen (think pool fingers). To top that off, sweat was literally dripping down my arms while I said my vows. I embrace my condition more now than I did, but as a school aged girl, it was so much harder to deal with. While the medicine I take has helped, I get anxious about running out. A day without the pill (& sometimes even if I take a full dose), my whole body becomes a water fountain. I started sleeping with a towel in high school because it was hard to fall asleep with wet hands. Thank God for the medicine I take (glycopyrrolate), but I so desperately want a more permanent and more reliable solution. The creams don't work. The fancy deodorants don't work. Sweatblock worked for a while, but it tore up my skin. Carpe is good to use in addition to, but I wouldn't rely on it working independently, at least for me. Botox is expensive and painful. Someday I hope to get a surgery where they clip a nerve that somehow controls sweat release, but until then, I will gladly be an advocate for hyperhidrosis awareness. It is an under-Researched, misunderstood condition that needs a REAL solution. It physically affects school life, work life, and home life, as well as self esteem.
Genevive
United States
#5
I've had this problem since I was a child and it’s been my embarrassment since then, especially whenever I get in contact with people (e.g. shake hands) or even just doing my chores or just holding my phone it annoys me a lot so I always have to carry a handkerchief with me. The weirdest part is that I don’t really sweat in other parts of my body but the sweat from my hand and feet are excessive, especially my hands that look like a water fountain sometimes. I usually experience it when it’s humid. I really hope this product will help me and fix my lifetime problem.
Marcella F.
United States
#7
Every since I was a kid, my hands and feet have been stopping me from doing things that I love, like: gymnastics, rock climbing, wrestling, and just playing on a jungle gym with friends. Because of my hyperhidrosis I couldn’t do things that involved grip or activities where you have to take off your shoes and socks. I was also very embarrassed because my hands and feet would drip sweat unless I had a towel with me to dry them, which caused people to always ask me about why my hands were so sweaty and why I wouldn’t go on the monkey bars. I would even cry at night because my feet were so sweaty that I couldn’t fall asleep. I tried many different medications and none of them worked for me until about a month ago when my dad surprised me with the Dermadry machine. To be honest, it changed my life and now I can enjoy things that I couldn’t before. Thank you, Dermadry for helping to cure my hyperhidrosis in such a short amount of time.
Scarlet
#141
Ever since I was a young child I remember sweat dripping from my hands, feet, and armpits. My hyperhidrosis has caused so much pain mentally; I rarely socialise, I don’t date, I have a lot of self hatred because of a disabling condition I can’t help having. People look at me in disgust as they don’t understand why I’m dripping with sweat in winter, summer, spring, and autumn. My life revolves around my hyperhidrosis. It’s like I have a ceiling to my life because of my hyperhidrosis that I can’t break through.
Lisa
Canada
#216
When I was young my hands and feet were sweating all the time. I realized it wasn’t normal and I learned my excessive sweating had a real name: hyperhidrosis. It is very difficult to live with it. Especially when I'm writing something, the paper gets wet because of my hand sweat. Also I use gloves for work but when my hands are sweating, it is very hard to wear them. Mostly, I’m suffering in the summer time. I tried Botox treatment as well but it only lasted half a month..also my fingertips were still sweating. Hopefully this treatment helps my life.
Caleb
United States
#174
From funny experiences to personal inconveniences I can be thankful for Hyperhidrosis for it is a huge factor to what made me, me. As I am writing this I can feel the beads of sweat forming on my palms, and feet, slowly turning to rivers and ultimately to what feels like oceans. Every couple lines that I write I am obliged to wipe my hands or be forced to bear a waterlogged (in this case, sweat-logged) keyboard. As of right now my home is a comfy 75 degrees Fahrenheit but even in the chilliest of temperatures reaching below the freezing point of water, my hands and subsequently feet are inclined to cool me off. Whatever it may be in my hands for a long period of time will eventually feel the presence of a gradual to an unyielding flood. Though, sometimes I forget about my hyperhidrosis when I’m having a good time. As in playing with my dog, Bella. We would chase one another around the house, most notably through the kitchen and dining room area where the kitchen had laminate flooring and the dining room had carpet. I get so caught up that Bella might catch me that I don’t notice the ends of my appendages starting to sweat in anticipation I might “lose”, that is until my feet hit a 90 degree turn from the kitchen toward the dining room and my feet have absolutely no grip. I also remember back when I was still going to daycare and they had a game room I would always play the stand up arcade Sonic the Hedgehog game. I would get so into the game I didn’t notice my hands sweating but when it came time to switch players I was forced to remember since the daycare lady would make a big deal of it and come in with a spray bottle and paper towels. She never understood why every time I was done playing, the console was pretty much always soaked, even going on to assume I was sucking or spitting on the controls, which was never the case. This evolved to my consciousness to my electronics keyboard/mouse/phone which I have to pause from time to time wherever I’m at to wipe off the excess amount of pooled sweat because my phone can’t distinguish where I am pressing or I could potentially short another keyboard/mouse. This also brings me to when I first held the hand of my significant other, not only is it embarrassing for me to leave a sweat print on my partner but in some instances they refuse to hold my hand because of that very fact. There’s also good things that come out of this condition as well like the extra grip I have whenever my hands first begin to sweat, or when they’re soaking I have in essence some heat resistance, or even perhaps a neat nickname! When I was in high school and the people I’ve grown up with all my life knew me and of my condition, found it strange when my hands were dry. On the bus going home one day one of these friends felt my hand by accident and noticed they were dry and even went on to comment something along the lines of “Woah! Your hands are dry for once!”. Growing up with this condition I began to notice when my hands would sweat, so I replied with “I bet I can make them start sweating”. As they held my hand, I closed my eyes and started thinking in depth about falling off of a skyscraper, when I truly thought about it and put myself in that situation, my hands started sweating! To their surprise and somewhat mine, I was dubbed then onward “Aquaman”. Some might suggest wearing gloves, I too thought of this and for a brief time wore latex gloves since they were easy to get plus disposable. At the end of a mere 15 minutes, when I took those gloves off my hands were quite literally dripping with sweat, let alone the sample collected in the gloves. Needless to say, I didn’t go the glove route, not even cotton gloves since when I lay in bed at night and my feet begin to create cesspools which soak into my blankets. When my feet stopped producing sweat I was forced to still feel the coldness of the markings they left. For those of you without hyperhidrosis, I implore you to dump a quarter cup of water on the foot section of your blanket you’re wrapped in and move your feet across it, then you will feel my nightly struggle. I have also been to the doctor to get prescribed a solution to rub on my hands and feet at night to eradicate my problem but after a week I fall off of this newfound regiment with the thought that one day it might come in handy. Along with the fact that it is just a part of me. While I have to be self aware about it, I started carrying around a handkerchief to wipe my hands whenever they become too bad. Who knows, one day it might actually be useful and bring an advantage others without this condition might not have.

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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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