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.
Let your voice be heard! Share your story to become a part of our worldwide community dedicated to empowering those affected by hyperhidrosis.

United States
Since I was in elementary school, I've dealt with extreme overactive sweat glands in my hands, feet, underarms, and most recently, groin. It doesn't matter if I'm cold or hot, nervous or calm. Since 9th grade, I've been taking an oral medication that has significantly decreased the amount of sweat, but even with medicine, it's a huge problem. It comes out so heavily, making me wet, uncomfortable, and self conscious. I've learned to pick outfits according to how sweaty I think I'll be that day. I separated myself from groups of people and Sunday school classes because I didn't want to touch anyone or be called gross. As a child, my pencil would slip out of my hand while writing, and my paper would become soaked. I'd leave puddles on the keyboard in typing class. The driver's ed teacher had to wipe down the steering wheel for the next student. I learned to live a life of hiding. As an adult, I still prefer my distance from people. On my wedding day, I couldn't even hold my husband's hands at the altar because they were dripping and swollen with wetness. I had to go barefoot because the heels kept slipping off my feet. The ring almost didn't fit because my fingers were so swollen (think pool fingers). To top that off, sweat was literally dripping down my arms while I said my vows. I embrace my condition more now than I did, but as a school aged girl, it was so much harder to deal with. While the medicine I take has helped, I get anxious about running out. A day without the pill (& sometimes even if I take a full dose), my whole body becomes a water fountain. I started sleeping with a towel in high school because it was hard to fall asleep with wet hands. Thank God for the medicine I take (glycopyrrolate), but I so desperately want a more permanent and more reliable solution. The creams don't work. The fancy deodorants don't work. Sweatblock worked for a while, but it tore up my skin. Carpe is good to use in addition to, but I wouldn't rely on it working independently, at least for me. Botox is expensive and painful. Someday I hope to get a surgery where they clip a nerve that somehow controls sweat release, but until then, I will gladly be an advocate for hyperhidrosis awareness. It is an under-Researched, misunderstood condition that needs a REAL solution. It physically affects school life, work life, and home life, as well as self esteem.
Mildred D. C.
It is so hard to have hyperhidrosis because my hand are always wet especially when I was taking a written exam for my work. My test paper looked like a tissue paper because of my wet hands but after using the machine I bought., my sweaty hands got under control. Thanks Dermadry.
Elizabeth R. C.
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.
Not the best story, but a guy who loves to interact and play sports gets introvert and shy when the sweat hits. I am trying to overcome, hope this device will help me achieve nirvana.
Iwona W.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Ever since I remember, since childhood, I suffered from excessive sweating of my hands and legs. When I had to shake someone's hand it was often a very stressful situation for me. I remember a very unpleasant situation from my childhood, when no one wanted to be with me in kindergarten, only because my hands were always wet. Only when I found Dermadry on Facebook did my life change by 360 degrees. Shaking hands is no longer stressful for me, I do it with a smile on my face, and most importantly in summer I can wear sandals when I couldn't before because my sweaty feet smelled like decaying skin. Today, thanks to the use of Dermadry, I can function normally and enjoy life.
Jacquelyn V.
United States
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.
Marlon B.
As a cake artist, it's so frustrating just to deal with even the simplest work every time the tsunami of sweat drips from my hands and ruins everything that my hands lay on. Even the simplest effort becomes excruciatingly difficult especially at work, everything I touch gets soaked and slips off my grip. As a cake decorator, it makes my career difficult.
United States
I am a lifelong hyperhidrosis sufferer. Although my sweating is definitely inconvenient at times, it's a part of what makes me "me." I suffer mostly in the palmar, axillary, and plantar regions amongst others...I was started on deodorants at the age of 4!!! As a child, having HH was the trickiest when having to hold hands in a circle (it seems this was done for everything!). Kids can be pretty brutal and I definitely remember getting several "ewwws" in my day in response to my wet sweaty hands. It's quite ironic, in spite of my hyperhidrosis, I adore handshakes and hugs. I'm bummed when my hands are too sweaty to engage. Explaining that still remains a small challenge. These days, I limit my exposure to situations of that nature but every so often, when I'm feeling confident mind you, I give a nice firm handshake, sweaty or not! I read a really great Instagram post from @humansofny where a fellow HH sufferer considered the condition a superpower (hello opening those grocery produce bags!). Most days, I pretty much feel the same! Right now I'm working on getting my underarm sweating under better control since detoxing from commercial deodorants and helping to give HH a voice via my meetup support group. I'm so happy to see the HH community coming together and I can't wait to see what's next!
Junjie C. A.
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.
Shannel K.
United States
I've been living with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I've always distanced myself when in family gatherings, social gatherings, etc. It makes me very insecure. I thought I was the only one until I found this website it made me feel better that I'm not alone in suffering from this. I can't afford it yet but when I can I know my life will be changed for the better. I hope sharing my story can make someone feel better and know that they're not alone.
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.
Sasha S.
United States
I have suffered with hyperhidrosis since middle school. Being an athlete made it no better. It has been embarrassing and I have went from underarm pads, to every deodorant and anti-perspirant you can think of. It seems to have gotten worse over time to the point where I could just be sitting still and sweat would leak down from my underarm I’m drops like I had just finished a mile run and due to my underarm being constantly wet, I would get like diaper rashes. It was stressful! I can honestly say that now, thanks to Duradry, I have yet to experience any wet armpits! I am so excited that I no longer have to continuously throw away shirts due to sweat stains! I’m never going back!!!
I've been suffering from armpit sweat for 30 years, but I was ashamed of myself and couldn't tell my friends, family, or staff at work. I tried various products that are out in the world to solve the problem, but I could not get the desired results, so I considered Botox injection and sweat gland surgery. Occasionally, I used a tight medicine to make my skin shattered. Then I met Dermadry. It has changed my life. I have a lover and can go out to play in the summer. Above all, I am confident in myself and everything is fine. I would like to recommend it to people who have the same problems, and I want them to gain confidence and live with vitality.
Roxane C.
Iran, Islamic Republic of
I have been suffering with hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. I feel like I missed out on so much and refrained myself from doing so many things because of this condition. I prevented myself from partaking in any activities that would expose my condition. I never left the house without a towel or packet of tissues, constantly clutching it in my hands to prevent sweat from dripping. I bought the Dermadry late last year and I can honestly say I feel like a new person. As long as I keep on top of my treatments, I have dry hands and feel like I can take on anything thrown my way. I'm even trying new things I was always afraid to try like piano lessons. Dermadry is a life changer for people with hyperhidrosis and would highly recommend.
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.
Julia Z.
Growing up with hyperhidrosis, while not knowing what it was, nor that I had the condition, took a toll on my self-confidence and mental health. Especially being a kid who was surrounded with judgmental children and adults who couldn't tell me why I would sweat uncontrollably, and also having people not believe me, because I was just a kid, was difficult. The hidden struggles of hyperhidrosis eventually accumulated and manifested itself into this powerful being that made me feel overly anxious about how I was being perceived by others and into being shy. That is, until I changed my perspective on my struggles. At some point in my journey with hyperhidrosis, I decided to own this insecurity, and to take the power away from things that used to control me. I became open with my hyperhidrosis while educating my friends, instead of hiding it the best that I could. The worst thing for people who suffer with hyperhidrosis is to feel like they should be ashamed of it, and to hide it, instead of seeking help and owning it! Making this change made me feel free, and not tied down by things I couldn't control, because I've taught myself better than that. (no, seriously. learning more about hyperhidrosis made me realize that I could actually adopt treatments that would get rid of my sweating, like Dermadry, which I use now). I hope my story can get out there and encourage others to conquer the anxiety and the sweat, and to let them know that they aren't alone!
Michael S.
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.
United States
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.
Mary Jane S. G.
So grateful I have known this product through Facebook. It changed my life back to normal again. Goodbye social fears, worries and anxieties. Now I'm enjoying my life again free to attend meetings, social occasions and hold anything I want. I can wear any clothes and footwear. Thank you so much Dermadry and I highly recommended it to my friends I've known who suffers like mine.
United States
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.
Marvelyn O.
I'm one of those people suffering from face, hands, feet and underarm HH. Hyperhidrosis really affects my life (physical, mental and emotional). I have tried several over the counter antiperspirant but it didn't help. It just makes my HH worse because this year my face also sweats (not just a normal sweat but an excessive sweat). I really want to have a normal life again and the Ionto Machine is my last hope but can't afford since I am still a student. I observed that I sweat more than normal when i was just a teenager but I didn't mind this before because it was just my hands and feet and thought it will just fade away. My parents said this is just "pasma" and I just have to pee on my hands and feet every morning to be cured, but it didn't. I was 18 when i observed my underarms start sweating but still didn't mind at first cause I was working as a factory worker that time. It's not that bad though and I go to work in the early morning and go home at night. And I work in an air-conditioned workplace. But in 2018 I decided to go back to school to study college. That is the time I started to mind my HH cause I experienced bullying from other students. I became conscious with my sweating so I've tried several over the counter antiperspirant but it's just gotten worse. I'm now an incoming 3rd year College student and worried cause I know my HH might affect my incoming OJT. The photo shows my underarm after just a minutes of changing my clothes.
United States
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.
Bheem S.
I am a nursing officer in a private hospital. During work, I experience full body sweat, including my face. Water drips down my face like rain drops, and near my patients. The patients always ask what's happening and how I'm sweating in normal conditions, even when the air conditioner is on.
Anca U.
Hyperhidrosis has been in my life for as long as I can remember. Even though I have learned to cope with it in time, it never stopped affecting my confidence. Once I found out this was my genetic footprint, I had to adapt my behavior to my condition: from avoiding to wear a wide range of colors to avoiding handshakes or touching specific surfaces, from adding absorbent insoles to every new pair of shoes to not being able to write in school without resting my hand on blotting paper and from treating my itchy skin to explaining my condition to every new friend I got. No matter how creative I became, it never stopped being a burden.
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.
I’ve had hyperhidrosis ever since middle school. It has recently gotten worse and is very embarrassing in social situations.
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.
Harsh M.
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!
Ralph P.
United States
I’ve dealt with the problem of hyperhidrosis for more or less my whole life. Over the years, hyperhidrosis has been a major point of discomfort, especially in social settings and business. I even went as far as to have the medical sympathectomy procedure which helped with my hands, but unfortunately it redirected a lot of the sweating to my feet area. I couldn’t wear sandals and avoided moving to living in very humid climates because my feed would be drenched in sweat, sometimes to the point of dangerously slipping and sliding on slippery floors.. After dealing with this for so long and having tried so many other solutions, I had pretty much given up until someone recommended the Demadry system.. After using Dermadry for just 2 weeks my feet are completely dry and I can wear sandals again and walk around barefoot again.
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!
Isabel C.
I have had sweaty hands and feet all my life. My dad told me he used to have it in his youth and that it would stop once I reached adulthood, but unfortunately this never happened for me. I come from Singapore and because of the humidity there, I was always sweaty. I think my sweating is mainly caused by anxiety, and when it is hot. I remember during school exams, I would tear through the writing paper because the paper got too wet from my sweat, and embarrassingly I had to ask for more paper to write on. Once when I was on the bus, a man told me to keep away from him because he saw all my sweat from my hands on the grabrails. This made me very upset but I try not to let other people’s comments bring me down. Because they don’t understand what people with hyperhidrosis have to endure. Now that I live in Adelaide it is better. I don’t sweat as often, only when I exercise or it’s extremely hot, like in summer. I also started pole dancing last year and discovered that there are other people like me! It’s nice to meet other people who have hyperhidrosis, so that I don’t feel like I am the only person with this condition.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
Chanel W
South Africa
A typical day of mine involves planning around sweating. My hands, feet and underarms are the worst parts affected. I pack extra clothing and shoes to change into in case things get messy (literally). I have previously broken around three pairs of sandals in one month due to my feet sliding around. I’ve had some really embarrassing moments with my feet, one of them being that the dye from my shoes rubs off on my feet. Try explaining to onlookers why your feet are blue or why you have left a blue puddle behind on their nicely mopped floors! I dread getting my fingerprints taken as I have to retake them several times. My hands sweat way too much for the scanners. I get really frustrated stares and I’m sure some even think I’m a fraud (well, at least that’s what it feels like) Hyperhidrosis affects me physically and emotionally. I feel completely defeated some days. My friends and family can see a total decline in my mood when I’m having a really sweaty day.
Saudi Arabia
I have hyperhidrosis in almost all of my body including hands, armpits, back, face, chest, feet. It really changed my life for the worse and made me anti-social. I don't handshake people and i don't like to go outside. Even when it's freezing cold, I sweat a lot. I'm only eighteen and my anxiety goes through the roof when I'm sweating excessively in front of people. My friends and school classmates used to laugh at me for smelling bad and having sweat marks and have hands that literally produce sweat for a whole country lol. I live in the Middle East and it's so hard for me to live in such a high temperature atmosphere. Even at 11 PM it is 42°C. I bathe almost everyday and I have no clue what to do with my situation, it made me hate the body that I have.
Hama C.
多汗症level2 昔から多汗症に悩んでいます、人と手も繋げないしペンも持てない。欲しい、だからと言ってそんな簡単に買える値段でもない😥本当に悩んでます。
Lauren S
United States
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.
United States
I have this condition, since childhood, I remember visiting some doctors, but they only prescribed me some "lotions" to apply, which did not work. Also, struggling when taking written tests, it would become almost impossible to write, the paper got so wet that it started to rip. Then in young adulthood it prevented me from doing many activities, like sewing, the fabric just won't move.
I have suffered from palmar and plantar hyperhidrosis for as long as I can remember. It shattered my self confidence. It prevented me from pursuing relationships, going after certain careers where you use your hands, and participating in certain activities. I was always embarrassed and thought there was nothing I could do about it until I found iontophoresis. This has helped me cope and live a normal life!
Yashas S.
When I was 15 I noticed that my hands sweat and they always have a film on them. It has really affected my social life and limits my relationship with my girlfriend. While doing my 12th board exams I still sweat so much that it hinders my writing speed and I just keep on changing pens in the hope of getting a better grip on any of them so that I can finish my exam on time. The real reason I guess is nervousness, anxiety, excitation and well hot and humid environmental conditions. It makes me feel too uncomfortable during eating, studying and even during the examination time, even then I struggle a lot when I am outside. Personally, I have been suffering from sweating on palms (palmar hyperhidrosis) and feet (plantar hyperhidrosis). Public speaking never scared me, but shaking hands with anyone was a thing I dreaded. Nevertheless, it affects one's confidence negatively. I always wished to live a normal life just like other people though I saw other people suffered differently and I kept myself silent and cried in silence. When sweat drips, I feel helpless and it reminds the uncommonness in me. It sucks. The mind quickly sees the happy dry life of people around and compares it with my despair. I was so nervous that someone might notice my sweaty hands, that I would always try to make sure that I avoided shaking hands as much as possible. This condition had caused me a lot of anxiety and stress, while causing severe damage to my self-esteem. I struggle a lot while using laptops, while writing, while shaking hands with people, while driving, and much more. I have tried so many different deodorants and antiperspirants and none of them work. The only thing I can do till now is: 1. To stop closing my hands as a default mode 2. To wash my hands if they start sweating. I have tried visiting a dermatologist, exploring things on internet, using antiperspirants but none of them work. And the last but not least thing I can say is "yes, hyperhidrosis sucks". And the good thing is there are many treatments available today. So this is my long short story :)
Hyperhidrosis has been my life-long struggle. I have always dreamed that if only I didn’t sweat like this, I could have become a much better version of me with nothing to hide from anyone and nothing to be embarrassed about. Nothing would have stopped me from doing anything I wanted to do. People always assume that I just overthink it and it’s the reason why I sweat. In fact, it is a nightmare because when you’re aware that you’re sweating no matter what you do or how calm you are. The moment you know you are sweating you tend to sweat more and more and more until it’s very uncomfortable. Despite the struggle I have to deal with my whole life everyday I try my best to be productive but again I’m so limited with what I can do. It was so embarrassing to be a teenager before to sweat in front of people and even as an adult. My shirts are soaked, I have to change my shirt on average 5 times a day. Hyperhidrosis has really affected me physically and mentally. I don't socialize because I'm too embarrassed to go out. My whole body sweats excessively all the time. Sweating has made me depressed as well. Hyperhidrosis has affected me in all areas of life. I put my trust on that one day I will live confidently without sweat. It’s been so long and years of feeling helpless so I’m writing this story to share and raise awareness! Knowing that I’m not alone and that there are really people out there that understand me and know how hard life is with hyperhidrosis. Now, I’m more positive and looking forward to be using this amazing product I put all my trust and hope that this will help me. Thank you so much DermaDry!
Christine L.
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.
Choo W. Z.
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.
Joy D.
United Arab Emirates
From wet school papers to a wet mouse at my computer. I keep on replacing my mouse at work because of my sweaty palms. I have my own electric fan at work just to dry my palms and underarm. And this is just one of the many problems I have as a person living with hyperhidrosis.
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!
Karina V. M.
Both my palms and the soles of my feet sweat profusely ever since I was a kid. They make everyday tasks really difficult, most especially writing. My pens will slip from my grip and even my phone and it is really uncomfortable. Really, I am embarrassed about everything. I was worried about my future and that it might hinder me from doing specific tasks (even the simple ones) just because of this. I tried almost every topical product out there on the market, I even considered going under the knife just to get rid of this, until I learned about the iontophoresis machine, and I didn’t regret spending for it. It was life-altering. I am now able to do things without worrying about sweating in the most inconvenient times of the day. I’m so satisfied and I was telling my friends (who are also suffering from hyperhidrosis) to try it and I was trying to spread the news about it so that they too, will experience the best thing that changed my life.
Jeanette T.
United States
Well, you asked for the face of hyperhidrosis. This is the face of hyperhidrosis and the body. I have a very rare version. I wouldn't say it's very rare. It's just not common with females. I inherited it from my father. I was in a research study and I can sweat rolling in the snow. I sweat everywhere on my body with the exception of my hands, my feet, and my armpits barely sweat. So, you know, people are constantly asking me, are you okay? Cause they're thinking I'm having a heart attack. Well, no, this is me on a normal basis. I'm a nurse. And when I introduce myself to a new person, a new patient or resident, I have to tell them, by the way, this normal for me, I sweat all the time and I tell them the story that I can roll in the snow and sweat because...I can. I've had this since I was a teenager as far back as I can remember, really. It's just gotten worse. The older I get the worse it gets. I was just outside for 15 minutes and here's the sweat. This is just the beginning of the sweat. My face will be drenched. And if I sit outside for more than 15, 20 minutes, I will be not only burned, but completely drenched. My arms right now are drenched. My legs have sweat on them as well, but again, my hands are dry. My armpits are dry. My feet, dry. So again, you wanted the face of hyperhidrosis, that's it. My name's Jen, I'm a nurse and I have hyperhidrosis.
Since I was 12, I sweat. It was so embarrassing to be a teenager and sweat and then even as an adult. My shirts are soaked, I have to change my shirt on average 5 times a day. I work in healthcare so having sweaty hands really hinders the way I do my job. Hyperhidrosis has really affected me physically and mentally. I don't socialize because I'm too embarrassed to go out. My whole body sweats excessively all the time. Sweating has made me depressed as well. Hyperhidrosis has affected me in all areas of life.