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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Lauren S
United States
#116
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.
Abbie W.
#27
I have had hyperhidrosis since I was a baby, I was always known as "the sweaty kid" at school and I always used to get teachers picking on me all the time because I would smudge my handwriting and got told that I smell even though I used perfume and deodorant etc. I always used to struggle with hyperhidrosis, I still do to this day I have looked at a iontophoresis machine for years now but never brought one because it was too much money and I couldn't afford it. When I exercise I always sweat lots more than other people and they get freaked out over it and sometimes people just laugh at me. I've always dodged holding hands and shaking hands because of my hands, feet, and armpits are always sweating and I don't think I will ever want to hold hands with someone if my hands sweat all the time to be honest, as I get really worried and anxious about what people think of me. - I always sweat everyday on my hands, feet, armpits and even my face - I always get strange looks at me and get laughed at when I don't do high fives or shake hands - My hands and feet are constantly dripping whilst I get armpit stains on my tops - It is always a nightmare wearing white tops - Having hyperhidrosis in summer is much more worse than winter for me because I sweat 2 x more.
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.
Elsie B
Australia
#231
I can't think of a time where this condition did not affect me in some way. I've had it for as long as I can remember. My mother said that when I was young she would reach back to touch my feet when she was driving the car to check I was okay and wonder what she had grabbed that was so wet. It was my sweaty little toddler feet. For a short time in primary school I would pretend I had superpowers and show the other kids that I could leave wet handprints on the desks after barely putting my hands down. Then someone pointed out that it was gross and yucky, and that's when the shame began. When I was a teenager I would agonise over the fact that I couldn't hold a future partners hand and I was scared to touch my friends in case they would notice. I also wore lots of baggy clothing to hide the sweat stains from my armpits, which I would obsessively check on throughout the day. I've had people tell me it's awful, off-putting, disgusting, and uncomfortable when they've accidentally touched me. Going to university and meeting new people where handshakes are expected as well as job interviews have been incredibly challenging for me to cope with. I'm a very physically reserved person now as an adult, and I truly believe it is because I was very scared that people would be disgusted by my sweating. Recently I've started being more forthcoming about it and speaking openly, and I've found a few other people around me who also suffer. I think it's time for myself and others to let go of the shame that surrounds this condition. Especially as it is not something we can control.
Demiana
United States
#245
I grew up with really sweaty hands and feet, and I was very embarrassed about this. I remember smearing my paper when I would write, so I learned a technique where I would lift my hand a little so that my hand wouldn't touch the paper and the ink wouldn't smear. Every time we played a game involving hand holding- I refused to play or I would knowingly be the first one out because of how nervous I was that the person next to me felt how sweaty my hands were. I grew up with this and always thought this is something I would have to live with. I went through plenty of job interviews and would always have to shake my hands or wipe them on my jeans so they aren't so drenched. I recently graduated college and will be working in the healthcare field. I took a class demonstrating techniques and I would hate when the teacher called on me to present a technique. The first step for each technique was putting on gloves. Anyone who has sweaty hands knows that gloves are our worst enemy. It took me, I kid you not, five minutes struggling and tugging on those gloves in-front of my classmates. I was extremely embarrassed and just wanted to leave. I am going into graduate school soon and I cannot keep living like this. My feet are really sweaty too but I always hide that with socks, I cannot hide my hands. I will use my hands every single day for the rest of my life, especially in my field, I am desperate. I want this to go away and I'm hoping Dermadry can help. PLEASE!!
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.
Lowhat L.
Canada
#18
I am 17 years old, and for as long as I can remember I have always struggled with hyperhidrosis. The older I got the more it affected me. This has affected me very negatively, where it ruined my everyday tasks. It is difficult to write on paper without my hands sliding and smudging the ink. I can’t wear any type of clothing I want and it’s a struggle to even wear sandals/heels.I dread shaking hands with anyone, because I am embarrassed of what people will think.This has caused me to be depressed and it is definitely something not to take lightly. I hope we can shed more light on this topic and someone could read this and relate tremendously.
Laura
United States
#4
I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. My goal has always been to be comfortable wearing shoes without socks on. For many years I have always only been able to buy sandals with suede soles because of how sweaty my feet would get in plastic sandals. I have already noticed a difference with DermaDry. I am looking forward to wearing the shoes in the picture for my upcoming wedding!
David
United States
#91
I’ve had palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. As I write this, my computer doesn’t recognize hyperhidrosis as a word and wants to spell check it. THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. Anyway, it really isolated me as a kid as I developed anxiety because of it. My parents unfortunately didn’t take it very seriously and said it was just sweat from humidity and never took me to see a doctor for it. I didn’t even know I had it until I was out of college. Thinking back on it now, there was probably at least one person in my life that had it but like me they felt so isolated so we could never relate to one another. I remember what it was like growing up and feeling anxiety when I was about to shake someone’s hand. One hand would get hot, which caused the other to get hot, which in turn, caused my feet to get hot and pretty soon my hands were dripping with sweat. I still go through that now. My hands would sweat so much that there would be puddles on the floor. Talk about embarrassing. Even now as an adult in my 30s my hands sweat. And everyone wonders why I prefer the winter instead of summer. They wonder why I stay away from the beach and prefer to be inside. It is all because of this horrible condition that sets us apart and makes others look down on us for. I will say that Dermadry has significantly helped with my condition but that anxiety will never go away that I developed as a kid because I was never diagnosed for it early on. I still sweat, and I always will but the frequency has drastically decreased. The most difficult thing to cope with with this condition is that I am denied something humans desperately need; the feeling of touch. I was too afraid of dating any girls because I thought they would be disgusted by it, to which, they were. Even when I found that special woman in my life that didn’t care, it eventually got to her and she began to care. I tried for years of every little product imaginable and nothing worked. I am truly upset that this condition is not as talked about as it should be. Thank goodness it has found its way more into the limelight than when I was a kid as this condition will continue to isolate others. I am truly thankful for what Dermadry has provided me with. Thank you.
Elizabeth R. C.
Peru
#64
It all started when I was 8 years old and since that moment everything changed. I have hyperhidrosis in my hands and feet. At the very beginning I just tried to hide it from my family and friends. There was very little information on the internet about it so I thought I was the only one suffering from this excessive sweating. So far it is still a problem for me to shake hands, to write down on a piece of paper, to wear rings or sandals, to use public transportation, but overall it has been a problem affecting my self-esteem and self-confidence. However, thanks to people's experiences on internet I found out new solutions for hyperhidrosis and fortunately emotional support as well because now I know I am not alone in this journey.
Lidia R.
#132
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!!
Suzi
United States
#35
I have been suffering from hyperhidrosis since I was 13. My hands, feet, and armpits always get wet when I get nervous or the weather is hot. I refuse or avoid handshakes when around people. I am afraid of what others think of me when they know about my sweaty hands, therefore I don't have a lot of friends. I had to change my school major and dream career due to my sweaty hands.

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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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