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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Norval B.
United States
#246
I have hyperhidrosis and it seriously hinders my everyday life. I am unable to shake hands or touch others without embarrassment. Social settings can be awkward. To add insult to injury, I can’t even do things I love without accommodations such as gaming or drawing. I am professional artist. My instagram page is http://instagram.com/ndizzot — this is a serious problem when drawing on iPad. I have to wait so long for it to subside and get through a piece. It’s trash!
Joy D.
United Arab Emirates
#111
From wet school papers to a wet mouse at my computer. I keep on replacing my mouse at work because of my sweaty palms. I have my own electric fan at work just to dry my palms and underarm. And this is just one of the many problems I have as a person living with hyperhidrosis.
Megan W.
#125
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.
Miguel
United States
#235
I had hyperhidrosis as long as I ever remember. As I got older it got better compared to when I was a kid, I have hand and feet with mild armpits sweating. This picture was taken after I thought I was going to shake somebody's hand at work and it seems to trigger the sweating much more when there is a possibility of socializing with others. When I went to school is when I had the most difficulty, I started moving away from people and folding a piece of paper to put under my hand to write. I never told anybody I had hyperhidrosis because I was always embarrassed and I was told it was gross. My shirts are only certain colors and what ever shoes I get, the sweat seem to get through. I tried Aluminum Chloride products made for hyperhidrosis but if I miss a day it would come back and while in the process it would make my hands swollen. I'm ready for a solution to get my life back!
Shannel K.
United States
#162
I've been living with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I've always distanced myself when in family gatherings, social gatherings, etc. It makes me very insecure. I thought I was the only one until I found this website it made me feel better that I'm not alone in suffering from this. I can't afford it yet but when I can I know my life will be changed for the better. I hope sharing my story can make someone feel better and know that they're not alone.
Mary D
Philippines
#100
These are my underarm sweat stains. My hyperhidrosis started in my childhood and it bothers my life so bad, and it hinders me from doing what I love. It affects the quality of my life.
Erica V.
Canada
#157
I have hyperhidrosis all over my body, but my feet seem to sweat the most. I almost always wear socks and close toed shoes for fear of other people noticing the sweat dripping off my feet. I can’t count the number of times I’ve dried my feet off with toilet paper in the bathroom during an event for which I wore heels. The discomfort and embarrassment from my sweating have caused me to always focus on trying to hide my condition when I’m out, rather than just enjoy myself.
Salvador
Mexico
#24
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!
Junior
#8
I was struggling with hyperhidrosis my whole life. I stated using the Dermadry device like two weeks ago and cannot believe it really works. Now, I feel more confident, can go out in public, shake hands, and even wear all types of clothes I could not wear before. My hands, feet, and underarms were always sweating.
Teresa F.
Japan
#88
Having hyperhidrosis means needing to always remember to have a "sweat towel" with me at all times. It means thinking about my future wedding dress and trying to figure out what exact style would hide my armpit sweat. It means touching shoe materials to see if my feet sweat would erode its color within weeks like they usually do. I was trapped in a bubble of my condition, but with Dermadry, I'm free. I have never been more social in my life. I still can't believe I can wear a gray long sleeve and not get stares. I'm finally me.
S. M.
Bangladesh
#94
Throughout my life, I have suffered from severe hyperhidrosis of the hands and feet. It is hard to explain the feeling because it is endless. There are no breaks and no medicine could even reduce it temporarily, like before an exam or an interview. It was a curse unlike any other and one that constantly would make you feel embarrassed with strangers and friends alike. I remember this interview that I really aced, but in the end while exiting the room and shaking the manager's hands, I could see his facial expression change to one of disgust and he gave a look to the other supervisor as well -- 'What the hell is this?' sort of a look. I did not get the job. That's just one of a thousand more examples from my life alone. I am using Dermadry for the last 3 months, and this is the FIRST time in my life that my sweating has subsided, almost entirely. There are absolutely no words to explain the impact of it -- if you know it you know it. I can finally be confident and live my life without avoiding touching my loved ones and shaking hands with people. Best of luck to everyone. Awareness is extremely important. If I had not come to North America from my small country in Asia, I probably would have never heard of products like this. Carpe Diem.
Balaji M.
India
#101
I have suffered a lot with excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis. In my childhood I didn't even know what the condition was called. I always preferred dark colours to wear because of the hyperhidrosis,i can't hold hands with myself because of my hyperhidrosis. In my studying days I continually got excessively sweaty and because of the excessive sweat I did not perform well in my exams. But finally, I got a solution for my hyperhidrosis from Dermadry, thank you.

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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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