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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Kelli S.
United States
#175
My first boyfriend (when I was very young) refused to hold my hand. People will drop their hands after dancing with me and wipe them with a disgusted look. I am terrified of shaking hands with others because they always wipe their hands after they shake mine. I never give high fives because people always mock me about my sweaty hands.
Beyan
#239
From sweaty handshakes to wet paper. The struggle is there. As someone who uses a computer a lot, it is really traumatising to see your brand new laptop drenched in sweat and salt.
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.
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.
Christine L.
Portugal
#198
I've suffered from hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a small child I used to sweat excessively from my hands and feet. I later started sweating under my arms and my back, but it was still manageable. When I turned 25, I had ETS surgery for my hands to stop sweating. I regret not having it done at the same time for my feet. 5 years after having ETS surgery, I noticed I was sweating a lot all over my body. It just started getting worse and worse throughout the years, regardless of the weather or season. At the moment, I'm suffering from extreme compensatory sweating all over. Abdomen, between breasts, my whole back, sides of body, my buttocks and legs. It's so bad it actually drips down my body. I'm constantly wet and my clothes are always sticking to my body as if I've just come out the shower with my clothes on. The only place that doesn't sweat is my face. My left hand is also starting to sweat again. Its ruining my life in every sense. I feel like a lost cause. Does anyone really look for a cure? Will I have my life ruined forever? I'm taking oxybutilin (Ditropan) everyday, the only thing it dries is my mouth. I'm so desperate! I'm literally pouring sweat from my body as I write. I'm dripping all over. Is there anything one can do for compensatory sweating? Will there ever be a treatment/cure? I cannot live like this anymore. I need help desperately and am even prepared to be used for experimental purposes. Anything yo help myself and those going through similar situations. Please, help the HH community. Don't give up! And please do more investigation on compensatory sweat as well. You're our only hope. We count on you. Thanks for all you have done so far.
Girlie H.
Philippines
#89
It started when I was a little. My aunt first noticed it when she hold my hands and wandered why my hands sweating too much. It’s been burden to me when I grew up and until now especially when I get tense and nervous at work. Fortunately, when I saw your ads in my Facebook I got curious and read how Dermadry works and read all the testimonials. I was convinced and grabbed the opportunity to have bought this device. After a month of treatment I noticeably that my hyperhidrosis stopped and it’s been life changing for me. Thanks Dermadry for coming in to my life.
Rocky R.
#75
I am the only one in my family who is suffering from hyperhidrosis. I always wish to be normal because of this suffering. I get shy every time I meet people, as well as driving with other people. I have smelly feet because of hyperhidrosis. I can't even use slippers outside. I had a job before and my hands were very sweaty and I always got shy.
Nyah S.
Canada
#179
I've had sweaty hands since I was 7, and it's been a nightmare since then. My confidence has deteriorated because of it and I refrain from touching people to avoid embarrassment. I write with a tissue so my paper doesn't get wet and it's just something that has been holding me down for a very long time.
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.
Jamaal D. H.
Barbados
#46
I have suffered from both plantar and palmar hyperhidrosis all my life, the excessive sweating even developed corns on my hands and affects my day to day life in many ways. I was even scorned in an important job interview after shaking hands. The list goes on, God knows the hardship I have been through!
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.
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.

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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.

We are using this platform to amplify the voices of those living with hyperhidrosis. Our goal is to create visual and textual documentation that explores the individual lives of hyperhidrosis sufferers.

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