The Voices of Hyperhidrosis

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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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.
Choo W. Z.
Singapore
#168
Our hands serve many functions, beyond their basic duties of carrying and holding things, we establish connections with loved ones through physical touch such as hugs, handshakes, pat on the back and holding hands during long walks in the park. Having hyperhidrosis meant that all that I could offer to my loved ones were my dripping wet palms. I did not enjoy giving wet introductory handshakes to new friends, leaving handprints and wet marks on the objects that I touched like typing my number into colleague's handphone, hesitating to offer a pat on the back for encouragement or joy and being left out of activities like basketball and rock climbing. My constantly dripping hands also made me a target of childhood bullies for my sweaty palms and being teased by my friends for my slippery touch. These small things in life have greatly impacted my self-esteem and confidence growing up. No one else around me has hyperhidrosis which meant little understanding about my condition, I tried a variety of online 'hacks' including applying baby powder to absorb the excess sweat and applying antiperspirant on my hands, to no avail. Medical procedures like the use of botox to control the sweating were too risky and expensive for me. After years of enduring the embarrassment that came with my hyperhidrosis, I had almost fully conceded to a life with constantly wet hands. Just a month ago, I received Dermadry as a gift from my significant other. I wanted to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to her and to Dermadry for giving me an opportunity to embrace all the adventures and connect with the people around me with greater confidence.
Sai
United States
#237
I feel very uncomfortable and stressed out because of hyperhidrosis.
Mohammad
#219
All of my life I’ve been living with this hyperhidrosis. Every time I’m a little bit nervous or a little hot, I start sweating. I am now a medical doctor and a large part of my job involves dealing with and examining patients. This has been particularly difficult to deal with as I can't really hide it anymore, from patients or my colleagues. It makes me appear nervous when I am not, and if I am nervous the sweating is so much worse. I can’t wait to get Dermadry as soon as possible so that I can finally live like other normal people.
Marie-Eve L.
Canada
#12
I have been suffering of hyperhidrosis since forever! When I was a teenager, it was awful: I was only wearing white or black. Even now, in the summer, I prefer to wear socks and closed shoes so my feet don’t slip! I work as a recruiter and I have to meet a lot of different people. I am always stressed to have to shake hands because my hands are always wet! I avoid all hands contacts with my friends and my partner! Sometimes, I can’t unlocked my phone with my fingerprint because it’s wet and my phone doesn’t recognize it.
Rosel M. T.
Philippines
#123
When I was young, I knew something was really different about me. Something that normal people don't experience day to day like I do. To this excessive sweating: why does it have to be me? Living a normal life is my topmost dream. At first, I didn't know what this condition was called and I even thought I was the only one who experienced this on earth. But as I grow older I have observed that this excessive sweating I have is getting severe and hard to control everyday. And so I happen to search this condition on Google and just recently knew this is called hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis has become a part of my life and journey and having to experience this only made me feel miserable. It ultimately affects me in so many terrifying ways. Everyday I always strive my best to overcome this horror in my life. As much as I can elaborate I would and here it goes... - Hyperhidrosis lowers my self confidence in everything that I do. It makes me feel worse. - Makes me panic easily also because my hands will turn cold eventually and feel numb at the same time. - Makes it harder for me to write, touch and hold things. - Hearing friends say that it disgusts them whenever I touch them and it absolutely hurts me because it's not my fault to have this condition in the first place. - Seeing people wipe their hands after I touch them and this puts me in an awkward situation. - I distance myself to people that doesn't know I have this thing called hyperhidrosis. Which later on made me to socialize awkwardly and isolate myself to people furthermore. - I chose not to have a debut party because I'll have to dance with partners and that requires you to hold hands and I can't put them in that uncomfortable situation. - It embarrasses me when people are looking at me wiping my hands with various towels. - Makes me overthink when people are watching me do something, because they'll notice my sweaty hands and it would be too embarrassing. - It makes me uncomfortable especially when we have experiments to do in school laboratories. And that requires you to wear surgical gloves and there were a lot of times that the sweat coming from my hands were just dripping to the floor. - I had to bring 3 towels every time with me in school and 1 handkerchief. The reason why I have this 1 handkerchief is for me to look presentable a bit while wiping my hands but will still get wet later on. - I can't wear sandals because of the slippery feeling and even with slippers too, I can't walk properly and comfortably. - Whenever I go outside, I always have to wear closed shoes so that the "mud like" sweat coming from my feet won't be visible and catch others' attention. - I hate it when I grab others' attention because of me wiping my hands thoroughly. - Makes me uncomfortable when wearing dark colored shirts because of the sweat coming from my underarms, that is visible enough for others to see and also because of this I can't actually move comfortably. - I can't unleash my artistic side because it's a hassle to wipe my hands from time to time while getting my artwork done. - Makes me worry about how I clean those "mud-like" footprints on our floor. -Makes me uncomfortable when eating with my not so close friends at same table. And with this my hands won't just stop from sweating. - It's a struggle for me to swipe the screen of my phone. - Makes me doubt myself in some ways because maybe I'm not capable of doing this and that due to my perspiring hands.
Alvin C.
Malaysia
#230
My hands and feet are sweating a lot. It's quite embarrassing when you need to shake hands with clients and relatives. I have to keep wiping my hands and feet very often. My confidence level also drops due to this issue.
Aoibhin M.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
#23
I have been living with hyperhidrosis since early childhood.I first noticed my excessive sweating when I was about 8 years old on holiday. It was really warm weather and I was wearing flip flops. When I took of my flip flops they were black in sweat, the other kids at the camp site made fun of me and I was very self conscious for the rest of the holiday. I presumed it was just due to the warm weather but it seemed to continue. When I got to secondary school I met a girl who played hockey with me. One day she mentioned something about sweating so much and then we started googling it. I really thought for many years that it was just me struggling with the sweat. I got to the point where I wouldn’t take of my jumpers or wear t-shirts under my jumpers because I would just sweat too much and felt there was nothing to help me. Situations like shaking or holding someone's hand became very stressful. When I realised Dermadry we’re raising awareness I realised I had to start telling people about my problem. I was fed up of getting embarrassed by my sweating. I also dread going to bed because that is when my hands and feet get their worst, my feet stick to the sheets and i feel very uncomfortable. In school my pens and pencils slip out of my hand and the paper gets wet. I recently started learning to drive and I had to stop because I was embarrassed my how wet the steering wheel got. I don’t think there is any part of hyperhidrosis that I am happy with, some people think it’s good because it keeps you warm when it’s cold outside or it’s good because you burn more fat sweating but this isn’t the truth.
Sumit M.
India
#47
It's been 20 years that I'm suffering form hyperhidrosis. Every summer is disgusting for me. I can't shake hands and i need to hide from everyone. Some of the people find this thing funny, but for me this is a curse. Every day is very difficult with hyperhidrosis.
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.
Charlie W.
#83
I used to wake up every morning and before I even thought about the normal things in life; brushing my teeth, having breakfast and checking the news, my thought thought was my excessive sweating... I would wake up most mornings and have sweaty hands, as well as dripping feet and underarms. As a kid I was never bothered, I didn't really know what it was, but as I slowly grew into a young adult where I would come into contact people with people more often and shake hands, hold hands and wear clothes showed massive ovals of underarm sweat, I knew I had a problem... I went to the doctor and was told I had excessive hyperhidrosis (brilliant). I was given something called driclor that essentially felt like taking a lighter and sticking it under your arm while your pores melted. It worked don't get me wrong, but it wasn't a practical solution. I often fist bumped my mates to steer away from the embarrassment of passing on ones flooded hands, but once I got into the workplace I knew this wasn't possible. I would get up before a meeting ends and run the bathroom, wash my hands, dry my hands and even put my underarms under the hand dryer! it was this way for a couple of years, I just got used to it.... Until very recently, I discovered Dermadry... (F**k yes Dermadry!) I looked online and this new Canadian brand had supposedly built this treatment system that stops sweating?!?! Okay, I'm game! Then I looked at the price tag, nearly £400. I thought, have a laugh, there is no way I am paying that much for some iontophoresis machine. However, after a week of seeing more and more ads pop up around my social media, I thought sod it, I'm buying it. Two words? Life Changer. It was weird, different and something I've never done. However, it couldn't have been more easy and sooooo satisfying! I don't sweat at all anymore, like at all. I would wake up sweating and now I have to run half a mile just for it to start the "normal" kind of sweating. Crazy. After using it now for 3 weeks I can honestly say it has been one of the best investments of my life and I would recommend an iontophoresis machine to anyone who is struggling to find a solution. I can shake my colleagues hand. I can hold my girlfriend's hand I no longer only fist bumps my friends and I can finally wake up and think about breakfast. I'll eat to that.
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.
Zaza
France
#72
Je fais cette publication en l'honneur du #voicesofhyperhidrosis J'ai conscience que je suis en public sur ce compte, mais il faut parler des sujet trop tabous, dont celui-ci qui m'a bien pourri la vie. Je suis atteinte d'hyperhidrose depuis petite, et cela n'a fait qu'augmenter avec les années. On avoisine les 10 litres d'eau perdus par jour, et ce fut si intense que j'ai du porter des gants, jour et nuit. @dermadry poste de bonnes vidéos et photos sur le sujet, ils vendent un appareil de iono. A la fin la iono ne fonctionnait plus pour ma part, meme si ca a été pour moi un soulagement durant des années, je me suis alors faite opérée. Mais les opérations sont assez lourdes et connaissent beaucoup de compensatrices. Alors si, je contre les personnes qui maintiennent que transpirer n'est pas une maladie, transpirer comme nous, à notre point créé des carences, de la déshydratation, des infections de la vessies, des reins, des malaises en société, un souci pour s'habiller, la frustration de chaque jour où on va dans un magasin et choisit ses habits en fonction de ça et pas de ce qu'on aime. Alors vous qui connaissez cette même situation, gardez votre entourage autour de vous, essayez d'y penser le moins possible et restez fort. Essayez tout, la iono, l'alu, le botox, l'opération s'il le faut,tous les organismes sont différents. Mais j'admire et ne cesserai d'admirer les personnes qui apprennent à vivre avec et l'acceptent. J'espère que ce témoignage aura pu aider quelques personnes.
Subodh K.
India
#29
I suffer from excessive sweating on my hands, feet, and armpits.
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.
Sehri
#21
I've had hyperhidrosis pretty much my whole life. Little did 11 year old me know how much it would go on to impact me and everything I did. One of my earliest memories is when we were told to hold hands in a dance class at school, the girl I was partnered with refused to go near me as my hands were dripping with sweat, I felt so, so guilty. Why did I, though? It wasn`t my fault? Endless amounts of uniforms and doctors appointments later, I found no answer, I was told it would just go away as I got older. As I got older it got worse, things fall out of my hands, I only wear clothes 2x bigger than me to let myself cool down, and I just avoid going near people in case they smell me. My anxiety and depression doubled because of this, a year ago it spread from being in my hands, armpits, and feet to my whole body, I was a wreck, I had and still have hot flashes 24/7. I`ve had every test done and everything has come back as negative, I feel hopeless, this condition has robbed me of my dignity, it makes me feel embarrassed and unworthy, and it made me quit my dream sport. My last and only option is an iontophoresis machine. I want you to know if you are a sufferer like me you are not alone, and we have no need to be ashamed!, we will break the stigma, and one day there will be a cure for us! Stay Strong!
Jon
Canada
#114
As a financial advisor, I'm constantly shaking hands with clients. Before using Dermadry, my hands were always very clammy and it made shaking hands awkward and embarrassing. After using Dermadry for just 2 months, my palms are completely dry and I can finally hold hands with my wife, high five my friends while watching a game, and confidently shake hands with clients.
Praniti
#208
I have had hyperhidrosis for all of my adult life. It has caused a huge issue in my professional and social life where I am always shy to shake hands. I finally came across Dermadry and am so excited to try the treatment and finally get over my social anxiety.
Judith
Canada
#84
As an aspiring pianist, I find trying to control my palmar hyperhidrosis much more difficult than my actual piano lessons. But huge thanks to DermaDry Iontophoresis I’ve eliminated this problem out of the way and so I can now focus on delivering my favorite piano pieces very well. Plus my piano keys need not suffer from getting soaked from sweat too.
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.
Catalina
Romania
#147
I’m 25 years old, and a future doctor. I suffer from severe hyperhidrosis since I was a child. I don’t know what it's like to wear sandals or flip flops, to wear colorful t-shirts and pretty dresses, and I am always embarrassed if someone notices that I have paper tissues in my hands, and asks about them. I really want to get rid of this problem, because now it’s going to interfere with my medical career, for which I’ve worked so hard, and it’s been enough. I’m tired, and I don’t want to hide anymore
Ivana H.
United States
#135
I have a problem with excessive sweating on my armpits. It’s embarrassing to go out and have sweat marks under your armpits. I’ve tried all kinds of deodorants but I always seem to sweat through everything.
Cassie
United States
#182
I have always suffered from excessive sweating, mostly in my armpits. I was diagnosed with hyperhidrosis as a teen and was prescribed many antiperspirants that didn’t help, they just made my armpits burn and itch. I’ve also paid for the Miradry procedure which was very expensive with no relief. I was wearing this shirt for less than an hour, the flowy material didn’t even touch my armpits, this was all sweat that dripped down. I wear black and sweaters most of the time to hide the sweat, which is really rough since I live in a desert climate and I frequently suffer from itching and burning from the wet fabric. I hope one day I can be free from the sweat that I feel like is holding me hostage.
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.
Evhonel C.
Canada
#77
Hyperhidrosis affects my daily life especially my job because everything I touches gets wet. I find it very difficult to type in my computer because the keyboard always gets wet. Because of my hyperhidrosis I also did some shameful practices like putting sanitary pads in my armpits to avoid sweat stains in my shirt and it makes me feel very embarrassed. Every time I go outside I always need to bring extra pair of socks so I can change if my first pair of socks already gets soaked in sweat.
Trung
Canada
#241
Have you ever walked out of a movie theatre, classroom, or job interview because you sweat through your clothes? I have. I was never a sweaty child but for some reason as I grew out of my teenage years I became sweatier and sweatier. Now I have to change my shirts and socks several times a day. I can't even play video games because it makes my hands and feet so wet. I can't go out on dates without secretly changing my undershirt in the washroom. I sometimes wear 3 or 4 layers even when it is hot outside only to avoid my sweat stains showing for even an extra hour. I wish there was a cure and an explanation as to why I'm sweating so much!
Cherry M. S.
Philippines
#55
It is very uncomfortable, whenever I go outside I prefer to wear socks and rubber shoes. Even nowadays (I'm 35 years old), I don't even buy sandals because it's very useless since I cannot wear them because it gets very slippery and sticky. I prefer to wear socks even at home to prevent washing my feet always. Even on my palms the sweat is terrible . Also my 5 year old daughter has already inherited it, I feel sad for her when she's always complaining why her hands are sweating all the time. She will stop writing or do her drawings just to pat dry her hands. Our armpit, hands, feet and even our whole bodies are sweating.
Junjie C. A.
Philippines
#41
I'm a technical support specialist in the Philippines and its always humid here. I have had hyperhidrosis for 10 years now. I don't want to go outside, my social life is completely severed. I don't like going out, I'm staying at home most of my life. If I go out, I wear socks and my underarms are very sweaty. My hands and feet are dripping. I already accepted it since I know I can't do anything about it. But it would be better if I had remedies for it. I'm reading inspiring stories about hyperhidrosis and it makes me feel that I'm still important even if i have this condition. Still blessed to have my family and friends who accept me for who I am.
Catherine C.
Philippines
#130
[THE MANY PERSONAS OF CATHERINE] Here’s my hyperhidrosis story, alongside my many personas. In our country, the Philippines, it is hot and humid all-year round. And while tourists enjoy the Philippine sun so much, I’ve grown to despise it. Commuter Catherine commutes to school, and public transportation in our country isn't so advanced. Most of the time, I have to sit through an hour-long drive despite the many buckets I’m filling with my own sweat just to get to school. It has been like that ever since and so, sweating should not be a surprise, right? But there’s more to it than just sweating. It is so excessive to the point that even Student Catherine deals with it on a daily basis. Whenever I write notes for my classes, my palms would sweat a lot, making me lose the tight grip on my pen and wetting my paper. It’s just a hopeless case. Don’t even start me with Physical Catherine. I love doing physical activities and while I understand that it is inevitable to sweat, it’s just too much to bear. I have classmates who put up the same work in these activities as much as I do but here they are, with their underarms up in the air with no trace of anything. Meanwhile, there’s me with a literal map on both sides of my underarms. It doesn’t help that my sports shirt is light-colored. Did I mention that even with dark-colored ones, these literal maps prevail? Oh yes. When I get home from a day of commute-school-activity-commute, it’s still a surprise how much sweat I’ve accumulated. I guess, we just never get used to it, especially when it gets more overwhelming the next day. For all of these personas (Commuter Catherine, Student Catherine, and Physical Catherine), there’s only one truth that remains, and that is the Catherine with hyperhidriosis. While I’m all for empowerment and not letting insecurities get a hold of you, I must admit that having hyperhidrosis truly gets to me. It’s an insecurity of mine that hinders me from maximizing my capabilities as Commuter Catherine, Student Catherine, and Physical Catherine, and essentially from being the Catherine I want to be. But, I have high hopes for the future. Given the rise of technology (as seen in Dermadry’s technologies) now, I’m sure there’d come a time for me to replace this one universal truth with an even better reality- a Catherine that is secured and safe within the limits of her own body. I aspire to have that security for myself.
Ibrahim I.I.
Sri Lanka
#169
I'm 26 years old and suffering from Hyperhidrosis since my childhood (6 years old). It was a minor problem only on my palms until 11 years old. But, now I suffer from this on my palms, feet, under arms, thigh, breast and groin. I'm facing lots of problems in my day to day life in every second. Nowadays, I feel like I'm in a very critical situation due to this because of my excessive sweating in all mentioned areas above. 1. I can't write on papers or books due to getting dampened by sweating from palms and surroundings. 2. I can't make speeches in front of people due to showering water drops, a problem from sweating of my palms. 3. I can't do hand shake with friends or someone because of excessive sweating even as quick as wipe my palms with tissue or cloth (set of tissue is not enough for a single time wipe). 4. I can't use smart phone due to wetness of palms. 5. I can't wear color shirts, T-shirts and trousers rather than black & white due to wet appearance of sweating from under arm, breast and groin. 6. I can't use computer mouse more than one minute because of getting wetness of area where I place my palms. 7. I cannot sit in a place in public because of getting a wet appearance in my groin due to excessive sweating in that area. 8. I can't stand on cemented floor for more than one minute; because my feet get wet and water flows from the place where my feet are. There are lots of situation that can be described, but, I'm hesitating to describe all of this. I'm still single and not married yet. I'm getting reluctant about that because of how can I manage with a life partner with this severe problem. Even in my career I face lots of problems in every situation. I can't do anything like what my colleagues or staff do. I lose many good job opportunities because I can't manage myself with this hyperhidrosis in those working environments. These words are not enough to describe my story with hyperhidrosis.
Samantha
Canada
#192
Hyperhidrosis affects me in many ways; I have had it my whole life. I have to bring a small towel with me when I'm driving for my hands and arm pits. The AC is usually on even when it's cold to dry my hands and feet. I sometimes go through 12 shirts a day when I'm at home. Wearing sandals is usually a no, unless there is memory foam and can soak up the sweat. Doing my hair is a miserable task because my hands can't run through my hair wet and will soak my hair when styling. Skin care and makeup becomes a hassle and takes longer to do because I'm sweating hands, feet and pits. It's just awful... My boyfriend doesn't mind but it does affect us. I was at a fancy dinner and my arm was dripping and I wanted so badly to wipe it but it would have been so obvious :( Sleeves are a must!! And the color black is usually the go-to. Speaking in public and be stressful for fear of where to wipe hands. Handing or receiving things from people is embarrassing. Using public computers or touching things leaves puddle evidence. It can be debilitating in it's own ways at times but you try to find ways to deal with it. Nothing has worked for me yet but I have hope in trying ionto treatment in the future. I want to wear a dress and be dry, and not feel freezing cold because the sweat gets cold and messes with my body temperature.
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.
Tiffany
#165
I’m a 32 year old female, 5ft2 and weigh 8st7, I have gone through many tablets, deodorants, sat in the doctors tears streaming on more occasions than I haven’t. I can’t wear pretty tops, or jumpers, if it’s got sleeves it’s a no go, I had to turn a promotion down at work due to having to wear a suit if I took the role. It’s life controlling, I wake up every morning to having to change the bed sheets due to being soaked from sweat. I’ve been single a while now and the thought of a new partner scares me, like having to explain that the sheets are wet from sweat. I’m a small skinny girl, I shouldn’t sweat like this. It’s horrible and I hate it, it’s ruining my life.
Jennifer
Australia
#203
I’ve never ever felt normal while I was growing up having to deal with hyperhidrosis. I’ve had to give up so many things that I loved to do from sports to hobbies, as I could never excel at it due to this condition. I just wanted to be able to do normal things like everybody else. I’ve always kept this condition to myself as I was embarrassed and never thought many people suffered from it. I would love to be able to play a whole music piece on the piano, without my hand sweating. That would be just a dream come true for me.
Elizabeth C.
Saudi Arabia
#76
One of my most embarrassing moment caused by my hyperhidrosis occurred in grade 10 during one of our biology classes. We were discussing the kidney and obviously urine came up and the waste products that are found in your urine that the kidney excretes. Our teacher then went on to tell us how our sweat consists of basically the same ingredients as our urine. Somebody asked for clarification saying "so that means when you sweat you are basically urinating through your skin?" Our teacher's answer was yes. It felt like the world had stopped spinning, I heard someone say my name and all of a sudden everyone was looking at me, when the teacher asked me what was going on I simply raised my sweating hands so she could see the drops running down my hands. That left her speechless, she had no idea what to say. For months after that whenever someone wanted to borrow a pen (or something like that) from me, my class mates would tease me by saying something along the lines of "Be careful it has her urine on it." I know that it was just a joke but it really hurt.
Hayley S.
United States
#217
I am 23 years old and have had hyperhidrosis since I was in the 5th grade. My family thought I was crazy and thought it was just a phase. All kids would ask me why my hands were wet. I didn’t have many friends because people thought something was wrong with me. Now being older I have struggled to wear sandals because I’m always slipping around and I struggle to go to interviews because the fear of shaking hands. I wear socks to bed every night because I can’t fall asleep when my feet are dripping in sweat. I am 3 months away from becoming an RN and I know that I cannot become one with having wet hands consistently every day. Trying to put gloves on when your hand are soaked is impossible. I just want to be a great nurse and want to be normal. I want to feel confident in myself and help my anxiety. I just want to be heard and I want it to go away.
Christianne M.
Canada
#11
Ever since I could remember, hyperhidrosis has definitely affected me in numerous ways. • I learned to purposely hold cold drinks in my right hand so I could blame the condensation from the drink for making my hands wet instead of admitting it was sweat • I could never buy colored shoes as my feet would sweat so much they would show visible stains • I wear sweaters in the summer so I have my sleeves to wipe my hands on • I've messed up taking orders on touch screen machines at work because my hands would slip • I usually have to wipe down my couch as my feet get sweaty when I sit cross legged • Hand holding is almost always not an option • At the nail salon, they already know to have a paper towel roll at my station during my appointments I've been told many times that it isn't a big deal, but hyperhidrosis has lowered my self confidence many times and life would definitely be easier if it didn't exist!
Shriyash G.
Nepal
#3
I'm just a simple 16 year old who sweats a lot. As a sufferer of palmar hyperhidrosis, I even struggle to write this paragraph because of my sweaty hands. I discovered I have this condition just recently and due this I have been facing a lot of problems. I even suffered from social anxiety due to this. Even though hyperhidrosis doesn't let me do and feel what a normal person can do, I am learning to live with it. I even try to explain to people the condition I suffer from known as hyperhidrosis and explain people that this actually is an illness and actually disturbs your everyday activities from having trouble writing in a paper to using your phone to even worse having sweaty armpits (for those have it in the underarms). Hope this inspires people to raise awareness on this topic and help those who suffer from it to not feel embarrassed and come out.
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.
Geeta D.
India
#37
I've been suffering from hyperhidrosis since the the age of 10 years old. My hyperhidrosis is severe on my palms and feet. It disturbs my social life, I have anxiety all the time. When I meet people, I hide my hands when people start noticing my hands and I always wear socks. It's a struggle and it's embarrassing. It demotivates me a lot.
Michael S.
#50
Throughout my life, I never worried much about my condition, but when I stepped into high school, everything changed. My hyperhidrosis started to show, which did not only show at some parts of my body, but literally everywhere; my hands, my palms, my legs, my chest, my tummy, my back, my foot—everywhere. I thought it was just some kind of change that will eventually disappear, but it is not. It ruined my confidence and self-esteem all through out high school up until now. As a law student, it is hard for me to keep and maintain my calm and confidence if my whole body is sweating. Every time I am being called to answer or defend something I’m not sure of, I’ll get nervous and then all of a sudden my whole body sweats. It is really confidence-wracking. In law school, we are required to wear polo shirt or polo (may it be short-sleeves or long-sleeves) and a guy like me who sweats a lot can’t actually have the freedom to choose light colors (aside from white) and even wear long-sleeves, because it will just contribute to sweat. This hyperhidrosis is really making my life sad and less-confident.
Melvin V. N.
Philippines
#144
"Raise your voice, break the stigma & live with confidence” Hyperhidrosis has been my problem ever since I was a kid, growing up with low self esteem, feeling extremely self-conscious, insecure, anxious, feeling mental anguish and depressed at times, it really made a big impact on my life, life-changing indeed that affects every detail. These ordinary things that normallu people do is a big challenge for me, which also impairs my daily activity such as wearing slippers, standing in line, having to shake someone’s hand, joining hands in prayer, job interviews, leaving pools of moisture on anything I touch, and holdinghands with my girlfriend! Adolescent romantic life was a mess for me, everytime when my wet hands smeared writing and wrinkled the paper sometimes people think that I was nervous on an exam or test because it was difficult for me to explain my condition. It also discouraged me from joining sports & socializing wasn’t my game at all. My sweaty hands make me paranoid that I will embarrass myself or disgust others; it was when the serious social repercussions of excessive sweating really hit me. It affected everything, now I'm 26 working as a Customer Service representative ata Cruise Ship front desk, where I need to deal and face our 3,000 guests everyday. I know for a long time that this was a real nightmare for me, but I challenged myself to do it normally as much as I can while providing them with good customer service and at the end of their cruise instead of giving them a handshake, I tend to improvise some elbow or fist bump. It is a really awkward situation, however, I need to take care of my profession and image, so I did some research and lots and lots of reading on techinques on how to get rid of this. I have tried herbal medications and home remedies because I can’t afford to spend a fortune for surgery. I read about Dermadry last year in 2019, and i urged myself to earn and buy this iontophoresis machine. Now i am on my 3rd session and the results are amazing, i put my trust on that one day i will live confidently without sweat.
Jwana
Canada
#51
I have had hyperhidrosis my entire life, I always need a ton of tissues when I write my exams. It has always been embarrassing.
Earick J. C.
United States
#150
Ever since I was a child, I have always suffered with hyperhIdrosis, both with my hands and feet. I am a religious person so whenever we go to church and shake people’s hands, I can see in their faces when they shake mine that they would feel disgusted. It reached a point where I cried and would hide to prevent people from touching my hands. My feet also used to smell really bad due to my sweaty feet and I even needed to use armpit deodorant in order for them not to smell. Ever since I learned about Dermadry, my life has changed to a point where my mental health was so much healthier because my confidence was boosted up and I didn’t have to buy deodorants for my feet. Dermadry has changed my life and I totally would recommend this to other people so their lives can be changed too.
Tyler
United States
#32
The whispers began around 4th grade. I couldn’t go a day without my teacher or another student asking why my hands were wet, why my shirts had armpit stains, or why my white shoes were yellow. I thought it was normal- that it was just part of being me, that sweating that much just happened. I had seen a commercial explaining hyperhidrosis when I knew instantly that’s what I had. I searched Facebook for a support group where I confirmed my self-diagnosis through the images and experiences there. It wasn’t until I was 16 when I mentioned it to my doctor; he watched as I flipped my sandal over and a full puddle spilled onto the white tile flooring. The first thing they recommend was Botox, but I definitely couldn’t afford it. He wanted to try out medications, but the support group I joined recommended iontophoresis, my Dr. had never heard of it. He put in the order and insurance covered the rest. I used the machine, after about 2 weeks of 30 minutes a day I was dry. After about 3 months, I couldn’t do it anymore. It was way too much emotionally having to “fix myself” as a young teen. I went back to my doctor and requested medication for my palmar, plantar, and axillary hyperhidrosis. They started me on robinul with no luck. Once again per my support groups advice, I asked for a specific medication: oxybutinin. After a few dosage adjustments, this medication has completely changed my quality of life. I can write on a piece of paper without it ripping, confidently touch another person, and not have to worry about my hands slipping behind the wheel. Hyperhidrosis has always defined me, but now I define myself.
Marta K.
Poland
#151
Hyperhidrosis affected me since I was a child. My hands and feet become so wet, that you can see drops of sweat. Whenever I write something, my notebook pages get wet and my writing blurry. I'm afraid of shaking my hand with new people. In summer I can only wear sandals with raw leather, because they can absorb some of my sweat. I've seen many doctors and they never acknowledged my problem, they usually say that I'm young and recommend some cream. When I'm taking exam in school I can't focus on what I'm writing, because I need to wipe my hands all the time. I don't feel comfortable with touching anything in public or handing my money while paying. Sometimes when I take off my shoes and have only socks on, they become so damp that I leave wet footprints on the floor. When I use my computer mouse and keyboard I tend to leave puddles of sweat on my desk. I feel like I can't do many activities because of my wet hands and it bothers me everyday.
Jwana
Canada
#248
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 :)
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!
Oliver
#221
I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. It affects my palms, feet, underarms, chest and lower back mostly. Until my career choice of dentistry it has been something that I've managed to live with, although sometimes it's hard with sweat stains showing through my shirts and clammy hand shakes! However since starting at dental school the issue became more of a problem for me as I had to wear scrubs and lots of PPE, sweat stains often showed through these scrubs and even with a under shirt this has been an issue. The worst thing for me though is putting on gloves! Although washing hands often does help to alleviate this, as I'm sure others in a similar profession will know that often you're working in a hurry and it's not always possible to completely dry your hands. Hyperhidrosis makes putting on gloves increasing difficult which is embarrassing in front of patients, supervising clinicians and fellow students.
Dyenkaye S.
Philippines
#67
My hyperhidrosis started when I was in elementary school until college. It has always been hard for me to do some stuff such as shaking other people's hands, holding some things such as my phone or paper because of the non-stop sweating of my hands. I'm also struggling to write during exams because my paper always gets wet cause of my excessive sweating in my hands. I can't leave the house without bringing a handkerchief or towel. When I was in college I studied in a physical education major where almost everyday we did some physical activity such as playing different sports. One time I noticed that my hyperhidrosis got worse and I almost lost my confidence because my friends were always asking me what happened to my hands, "it's like waterfalls" they said. Before I graduated college, I joined a giveaway hosted by Dermadry and luckily I won. I'm very happy because finally my hyperhidrosis was treated. I'm very happy that Dermadry changed my life when I started using it. Now, I'm free to do some stuff and not struggle because of excessive sweating, I'm happy that I gained my confidence back again.