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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Priscilla
Canada
#191
I've been experiencing hyperhidrosis since I was a young teen. At first, it was just my hands that would sweat when I would get nervous but it was never a concern and I thought it was normal. As I got older, I began to sweat in more places, such as my feet, underarms and other areas. This became more of a problem as I would generate so much sweat, it started to affect my confidence and self-image. It pushed me to distance myself from others, give up on hobbies I once enjoyed and decrease my confidence. I'm still learning to navigate my hyperhidrosis but I hope I will soon enjoy the activities I once enjoy and my confidence again.
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.
Han C
United States
#204
Since I was a child, I’ve endured many criticism from people because of excessive sweat on my hands. It was constantly on my mind while I was out with my friends and during other social interactions. I am constantly self conscious because it affect my daily activities negatively.
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.
Lalenn M. F.
Philippines
#117
Hyperhidrosis affects my confidence so much. Excessive sweating in my underarms is my biggest problem when it comes to wearing colored dresses or tees, even white and sleeveless. I had applied different deodorant, ant perspirant and even tawas that were bought over the counter. It is so disgusting that when I look at my underarms after I take a bath, a few minutes later it will sweat already even though the weather is cold. Even when I stay in the air conditioned room after applying on my underarm. What I wonder is that I applied the deodorant or antiperspirant but then it just keeps on sweating. I can see the drops of sweat. I change my upper tees twice a day and I can smell the bad odor on it.
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.
Camron H.
Canada
#177
At the age of 11, I began to notice that when I was nervous my hands became damp. It took until about 13 for that dampness to develop into a 24/7 stream of sweat for my adolescent brain to fixate on. Then began the era of avoidance, doing anything and everything to avoid physical touch. Running from life experiences because my hyperhidrosis & the embarrassment that came with it deemed me inadequate. At the age of 15, I even went as far as to begin taking Xanax to avoid the ever present discomfort of simply existing in my body. Now at the age of 19, I am sober, I am taking my health & life into my own hands, & with the help of Dermadry have gotten my hands down to a very manageable sweat level, making everyday seem a little more promising, and my avoidant nature a little less present. For those who don’t suffer with hyperhidrosis, it would be almost impossible to understand the isolation this condition can put a human through, but it is important for those suffering to know that there is hope to reclaiming your physical homeostasis, and there is a world where you can hold a loved ones hand, shake hands with someone new, hold your baby free of discomfort, & reach out for love without a sense of embarrassment or inadequacy, & you deserve it.
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!
Caiden
Canada
#137
I have always been bullied for my sweaty hands, it’s always been something i’m cautious about. It affects literally everything I do. I sweat on my feet too. I’ve ruined so many pairs of shoes and socks. I can’t even sit in my room without dying of sweating!! I don’t even want to leave my room or go back to work because of it but I can’t afford the machine and really want it. My phone always gets soaking wet from my hands and I have to do SO MUCH laundry because of my feet. my shirts always get ruined because of armpit stains. I'm stuck.
Fan
Canada
#243
Ever since I was young I had a somewhat psychological and physical condition reaction to sweating. Especially when I am a little nervous. This is a huge hinderance for me in professional settings and it is something I dream of getting rid of. I have tried Botox and it is expensive and very paindful. So I researched and read about the good reviews on Dermadry and decide to give it a try!
RJ M.
Philippines
#95
Throughout my life, I have been suffering with hyperhidrosis. I did not realize then that it was even considered a clinical condition. Living in a tropical country makes it difficult to move around with this condition because it gives me a hard time to walk around with flip flops because of my sweaty feet. If I wear shoes, the socks will get soiled and will end up smelly once I remove them. The embarrassment it gives me is something that I have faced back in my country, the Philippines. But when I moved to Dubai, I was not prepared for what was waiting for me there. I am a keen runner and running outdoors is one of my favorite forms of exercise. That picture was taken on a humid day of August 12, 2016. During this period, between June to September, the weather in the Middle east could reach up to 50 degrees Celsius (basically an outdoor sauna). The sweat is simply dripping off of my shorts and down to my shoes making it impossible to even walk, let alone run. Because of this, every time I run or walk, I would leave a wet foot print from my soaking wet shoes. This is more than embarrassing, its uncomfortable and humiliating.
Shlok T.
India
#176
As a musician, not being able to play guitar without fearing the strings getting rusted. Rescheduling studio time because my palms won't stop sweating. As an illustrator - guess what? Same. Lots of delays/rescheduling, always. Won't even talk about problems that we all face like not being able to wear flip flops to not being able to wear sneakers because my sweat would literally pass through my socks and make sneakers wet. Visually wet. Had to quit salsa classes, no one would want to dance with me. Underarm sweating creating sweat patches through my shirt and on my jacket. You read that right, patches of sweat on my denim jacket, in the month of January. Let alone summers. All I can say is "THINGS ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND"

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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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