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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I have had hyperhidrosis for as long as I remember. I excessively sweart from all my body but specifically from my hands, feet, and underarms. It affects every aspect of my life but I remind myself that I am not any less of a person because of it :)
Megan W.
Hyperhidrosis has always been a part of my life, it has impacted me in various ways growing up. I live in Scotland and part of our schooling includes learning Scottish country dancing, which meant I had to dance with a boy! Dancing with boys was embarrassing enough as a young girl but my hyperhidrosis made it so much worse. Word got around about my sweaty hands and I could see the dread in each boy's eyes if they were paired with me, they could be quite vocal about it too. I ended up with the nickname Sweaty Betty and was bullied quite badly throughout my school years. When I started dating I experienced new challenges. I remember wearing gloves every time I held hands with my first boyfriend in an attempt to hide my hands from him. Spring came around and I had to tell him, thankfully he was very supportive and never made it an issue. On a second date I was making cupcakes and the sprinkles kept sticking to my hands… my secret was revealed earlier than I had planned. I have been with my current partner for 7 years so thankfully hyperhidrosis doesn't invade my romantic life anymore. Generally I try to hide it from people, I am not a hand shaker for example! It may come up if I am at the nail salon or if I give someone something I have been holding - it's gonna be sweaty! I find that sometimes people actually laugh when I explain it, I am not sure if others find that too. However, I am now a medical student and a large part of my learning and future job involves examining patients. This has been particularly difficult to deal with as I can't really hide it anymore, from patients or my peers. It makes me appear nervous when I am not, and if I am nervous the sweating is so much worse. Practicing CPR on a dummy is mortifying, I leave behind a puddle of sweat. I've had to confront the emotional and psychological toll it is taken on me regarding my self-confidence, I am a rather sensitive soul. Thankfully, I have recently been given a Dermadry machine and that has made a huge difference to my sweating. It's taking time to find a place for it in my schedule and get into a routine, but I am much more hopeful for the future.
Hola!! La verdad quienes padecemos está afección..nos limita totalmente todo aspecto de nuestras vidas..dentro de mi historia a mí me causa muchas vergüenzas cuando saludo de mano..me quedo pensando que imagen tendrá de mi..por naturaleza soy alegre,pero enseguida está alteración en mi cuerpo baja de inmediato mi autoestima..yo pienso que no me equivoco que ese sentimiento lo experimentamos quienes padecemos hiperhidrosis palmoplantar..por eso la llamo la enfermedad silenciosa que te mata en vida!! Pero como les digo sale ganando más mi alegría! EL show debe continuar!!! Saludos amigos a todos los que en todo el mundo la padecemos y saludos al equipo de Dermadry!
Lidia R.
So honestly I feel like I’ve struggled with hyperhidrosis for a while now and at first I didn’t know that I had this condition until I felt it was becoming a part of my life in a a negative way and I really did try any way to stop the sweating in my hands/feet. Honestly, I found this product Dermadry and at first I was very unsure about it but I went for it because I wanted any way to stop it and try to feel normal. NOW fast forward and I don’t regret it, yes it may be a lot of money but its honestly so worth it! You may not see your results at first but by being consistent you will see a huge difference! I seriously don’t feel any sweat anymore and I’m so happy it’s life changing:'). I’m a regular person just like anyone, so please try this out!!
Lauren S
United States
I've suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I thought it was normal, but as I grew older it became more obvious that it wasn’t. Although I suffer from hyperhidrosis all over and not just a specific body part, the most extreme parts are my hands and feet. It was especially stressful when I had to write essays in school or had to take exams because I had to keep wiping my hands every few seconds. I made sure to wear fabrics that would absorb sweat such as cotton shirts and denim jeans instead of wooly sweatshirts and workout leggings. The sweat also made it super difficult to find summer shoes. I couldn’t wear normal sandals or flip flops because my feet would slip within them and made it very hard to walk. I could only wear sandals with a suede footbed such as Birkenstock’s which I am so grateful to have found. It seemed like such a mission to find a pair that worked for me and accommodated the sweat that would inevitably come from my feet. I took a chance with purchasing an iontophoresis machine from Dermadry but I figured I had nothing to lose and they had such a good return policy. After about 2 weeks of treatment I saw it working and I am so happy with it that I can’t even believe it actually works. I have suffered with hyperhidrosis for so long and tried many different things to prevent it such as only wearing certain fabrics, changing my diet, and purchasing antiperspirant sprays that only left me feeling very itchy. I am so thrilled to find something that finally works.
Sachu J.
Hyperhidrosis is what has stopped me from doing everything that I ever wanted.
Ruby Y.
I am suffering from hyperhidrosis since childhood.. Due to this, I am at struggling a lot, I can't write properly and I can't do work on my laptop. I'm very shy to talk in public and I am losing my confidence accordingly.
Ryan D. R.
United Arab Emirates
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.
Epanu I. S.
I suffer from hyperhidrosis since I've known myself. This affects me in so many ways: - I can't touch any paperwork, I always use gloves and wipes at work (even if gloves makes this even worse). - I can't handshake with anyone. - Because of my sweat from my feet, I can't wear sandals. - I can't dance with anybody, because I'm afraid they're gonna be disgusted. - It's so hard to drive without tissues or gloves. - Sometimes my hands are so wet, I can't even hold a glass. And so many more... It's sad, but I try to live with this and be happy.
Amiel L.
United Arab Emirates
nag start aKong makaranas NG pamamawis NG aking kamy paa at kilikili ay nong ako ay 13yeara old ako. Sobrang hirap NG dinaranas ko dahil sa pamamawis NG kamay at paa at kilikili ko. Nawala ang self confidence ko. Madalas aKong hinidi nakikisalamuha sa mga Tao. Lagi Lang akong nasa bahay. Nahihiya ako Kasi namamawis kamay at kilikili ko. Sana ay ma tulungan nyo ako. Salamat po
I always feel embrassed when someone comes to hand over something to me. I always feel embrassed during social events. I can't hold my fiance's hand, this really makes me annoyed.
Gagan M.
I've had hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember, and for people who don't acknowledge this as an issue I don't blame you for it. You won't understand how big of a problem it is unless you have it yourself. This problem has changed my life around, not in a good way for sure. I have anxiety issues, and the worst confidence because of this. I'm just 18 and I think I'm wasting all my time worrying about it. Only if I could cure it. It would be great if people actually understand how big of an issue it is. I've been depressed for a long time because of how big of a issue it is for me. I hope no one has to ever go though what I'm going through.

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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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