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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Devan
United States
#249
For anyone still on the fence, do it - it will change your life! I had excessive sweating in my palms before I used this, had it for the past 20+ years. Now after 3 weeks using the device for 3/4 times per week the improvement is immense. I don't need to worry about trivial things like shaking hands at interviews, high fiving some one or holding hands with a loved one.. I won't have to wipe my palms against my trousers anymore either! Having sweaty hands has always affected my confidence where I've become very self conscious about what other people will think, but this has been able to resolve my issue and my confidence is back to an all time high. My friends and family are sick of me telling them to touch my hands to see how dry & smooth they are now (make sure you apply hand cream so it's not rough/dry). Truly a game changer!
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
Tamba M.
United States
#220
I’ve had hyperhidrosis since I was in elementary school. It’s been difficult in school and with my social life because people get grossed out when they feel my hands and my work always gets soaked.
Rocel A.
United States
#66
Since my 20s, I've suffered a lot from too much sweating in my underarms, I'm so embarrassed when my clothes get wet because of too much sweating. I'm so frustrated because I can't wear any colorful clothes because I'm always anxious that it might be so obvious when my underarms get wet, I used a certain device before but it had bad effects to my health, I was really hopeless until I found a Duradry product commercial on my Facebook account and read some reviews, it caught my attention, and I was thinking of trying it. I didn't hesitate to order the product after I saw it, and after I finished using the product all I can say is that my sweating problem disappeared and now I'm comfortable to wear any color of clothes. One thing that is really amazing is that even when it is so hot and I walk in the middle of hotness outside I don't even get too wet and my underarms are still dry.
Harsh M.
India
#105
I have suffered from palmoplantar hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating on palms and feet) since childhood. When I was 12 I was completely unaware about it or why it was happening. Now I am 20 and it hasn't stopped. I have tried all kinds of anti-antiperspirants and home remedies but hyperhidrosis hasn't stopped. I have also tried iontophoresis but not owned the device yet (financial concerns). Situations became difficult for me to handle such as writing an exam (my pen would slip and I had to roll a handkerchief around the pen to write), walking, wearing sandals (they would slip away, I think that's why they are called slippers :P), social interactions (always hiding my palms), fear of leaving fingerprints or footprints everywhere (I have to wear socks even in summers because of this). I have also developed a fear of public speaking over time (my confidence really went down whenever i was unable to do any simple task due to hyperhidrosis), and did not participate in college events :( That's my story. Hope everyone fights well with the upcoming challenges in life!
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!
Ryan
#233
I have developed hyperhidrosis more severely each year for the past 5 years or so. Medications have made it much worse. Armpit sweat will drip all day, whether I'm hot, cold, relaxed, or stressed. Excited to dry Dermadry.
Jacquelyn V.
United States
#28
About 10 years ago, I noticed I started suffering with axillary hyperhidrosis. I went to a dermatologist, attempted all these different techniques to help alleviate the sweating and finally settled on Botox injections in my armpits which actually worked pretty well for quite some time. However, it seemed as though my body developed a resistance to the Botox. I consulted the Internet, multiple doctors and eventually decided to have an endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy where titanium clips were placed at my T3 and T4 vertebrae ganglion to help alleviate the sweat response. I was inpatient in the hospital for a few days recovering from the surgery and actually had a complication where my lung partially collapsed due to the portion of the surgery were they have to deflate your lung to get to the ganglion. I had surgery with a thoracic surgeon as well as a neurologist and it worked well for about eight months. However, what has started to happen approximately a year ago was I began to have compensatory sweating in my chest, back and groin area as well as the sweating returning back to my armpits. I saw my prior dermatologist who stated there really wasn’t anything that we could do about it and I just kind of gave up. I work in a public job as a law enforcement officer, and I’m very frustrated and embarrassed. I traded excessive sweating in my armpits for it in pretty much half of my body. I can’t wear certain color shirts, certain clothing, etc. because the sweat stains just show up on all my clothing during normal daily activity. If it’s the summertime, forget about it. I’m literally dripping from my neck down to my knees to the point where I have to sit with a towel covering my car seat so I don’t sweat onto my seat. I’m in great shape, take care of my self physically, but the psychological pain this issue causes me is insane.
Tanya
United States
#139
I've been suffering for a while and it's hard because i work close to people, it's intimidating and it makes me lose my confidence. But now, I will try Dermadry. Hoping for the best.
Catherine
#78
I've had this disease since childhood maybe around age ten. I'm now 53 years old. I use socks all the time at home and at work, indoor or outdoor to function properly. Inside the socks I wear paper towels that I replace several times a day on a really bad day. Regular daily routine makes me sweat. This includes grooming in the morning, driving, working on my desk, cooking, washing dishes to name a few. I have to bring lots of paper towels all the time. I use it to pad my underarms, feet and use as a handkerchief. Having this disease made me very shy and I didn't want to be seen by people. I hide and remain anonymous as much as I can. But that of course limited my career advancement and social interactions. I hope that Dermadry would provide a lasting solution. I have been using it for maybe two months now and noticing some improvements. I want to be free wearing beautiful dresses and sandals without hiding in a blazer or wearing socks. I want to interact with people without fear of being embarrassed. I want to still do much more if only I am free of inhibitions.
Imay J.
Japan
#159
I started to notice my excessive underarm sweating when I was in my First year in High School. I was embarrassed and gossiped about during my college days and even at my workplace. That led me to depression and to the point of thinking of ending my life. I never wear colored tops whenever i'm outside the house. People who don't suffer this disease will never understand and will see you as gross entirely. I hope people will open their minds that people like me who have severe hyperhidrosis don't deserve to be criticized and instead deserve to be accepted and understood.
Melanie D.
United States
#79
I have experienced severe sweating for as long as I can remember. Although I tend to sweat more than normal all over my body, it is most noticeable in my hands, feet and armpits. Some of my biggest daily struggles are: having to change my clothes multiple times a day including going through about 3-4 pairs of socks, using an inordinate amount of paper towels to dry my hands, struggling to use my touch screen phone as well as my touch pad on my laptop, and figuring out what to do with my hands when they are nonstop dripping with sweat.

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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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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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