WHAT IS HYPERHIDROSIS?
[Hi-per-hi-droh-sis ] It's this super common, super embarrassing condition characterized by abnormally excessive sweating. Like... reeaaallly excessive. Even if you're not hot, exercising or nervous it can soak through your clothes or drip off you hands, which can make you embarrassed when you normally wouldn't be, thus making you even more sweaty and more nervous! (It's an exhausting cycle).
I have hyperhidrosis, along with 365 million other people in the world. That’s nearly 5% (4.8%) of the world population! But as you can imagine, it's not an easy condition to tell people about. When sweating is this extreme it can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, anxiety-inducing, dangerous, and disabling. It has impacted every aspect of my life, from career choices and recreational activities to relationships, emotional well-being, and self-confidence (I love/hated school dances like a teen romance novel). It wasn't until I was an adult that I learned there were effective treatments for my condition or even a name for it!