My Life as a Puddle

Creating hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time.

About

Maria Thomas

Writer, Patient Leader, Hyperhidrosis Trailblazer

Maria Thomas, founder of mylifeasapuddle.com Image by Amy Boyle Photography

Maria Thomas, founder of mylifeasapuddle.com
Photo Credit: Amy Boyle Photography

I’m a passionate writer, patient leader, and hyperhidrosis trailblazer. This is a blog about hyperhidrosis, mostly (I also have an autoimmune condition called ulcerative colitis [UC], so occasionally I might spill my guts to you). I’ve lived with hyperhidrosis nearly all of my life and offer a unique perspective on a condition that can be mentally, socially, emotionally, and professionally debilitating.

Mission

I launched this blog in 2011 after an incredibly validating experience with the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS).

My mission is to create hyperhidrosis hope and awareness one drop at a time.

I do so by living my truth and letting others know they are not alone. My sweaty story is your sweaty story. It takes a great deal of courage to speak about hyperhidrosis. I don’t know where the heck I get my courage from, but I do know my purpose in life is to use my sweaty voice to help others find theirs, too.

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My website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter profiles are an entirely grassroots effort. I don’t buy followers. What you see is the real deal, and I’m proud of that.

What Is Hyperhidrosis?

Here’s the quick definition; visit the International Hyperhidrosis Society for a complete definition.

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. It affects five percent of the global population – that’s 365 million people!

It most often occurs on the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), feet (plantar hyperhidrosis), and underarms (axillary hyperhidrosis); other body areas affected include head/face (craniofacial hyperhidrosis), groin, and all-over body sweating. In people with hyperhidrosis, the body overreacts to stimuli and causes the sweat glands to be overactive, kind of like a faucet that won’t turn off.

Many people with this condition don’t realize they have it, or that it even has a recognized medical name. Why? Because there is a lot of shame and embarrassment involved; patients don’t speak up or think it’s a serious enough problem to even mention; therefore, hyperhidrosis is under-diagnosed and under-treated.

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of your medical condition. There is hope for hyperhidrosis, and you are so much more than your diagnosis.

Hyperhidrosis Hope & Awareness

As a hyperhidrosis blogger and advocate, I am honored to be featured in the following publications and outreach efforts.

I volunteer several hours of my time each month to the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHhS) as an advocate. Additionally, I’m proud to be a WEGO Health Patient Leader and a member of Clara Health’s Breakthrough Crew, a group that raises awareness for clinical trials.

In 2017, I was awarded Who’s Next in Education by the Greeley Tribune for educating others about hyperhidrosis. Later that year, I was invited by the IHhS to be a featured panelist speaker at the first-ever Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting (PFDD) on Hyperhidrosis in Washington, D.C.; I spoke to members of the FDA and pharmaceutical companies about hyperhidrosis research and treatments.

Published Work & Interviews

My writing also was recognized by the Denver Woman’s Press Club for second place in the 2014 Unknown Writers Contest and in 2018 as the third place winner in Clara Health’s Patients Have Power Writing Contest.

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Unless otherwise cited, all material on this site is the original work of Maria Thomas. Copyright © 2011-2019 My Life as a Puddle

This site, its corresponding social media pages, and any information discussed herein is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition. When seeking treatment, all decisions should be discussed with a licensed health care professional. I do not assume any liability or responsibility for the decisions made by those who might visit my site.

12 Comments

  1. Hi Maria,

    I did not get a chance to meet you today at the DWPC, but was curious about your blog when Kim mentioned it. How interesting–I too have hyperhidrosis! It’s a strange and inconvenient issue to live with isn’t it? I recall that several years ago I saw my jr. high boyfriend and after we caught up on things he asked if I was still sweaty! A mix of humor and humiliation.

    Best of luck with your writing. I was one of the non-fiction judges and really enjoyed your piece.

  2. Hi Maria,

    Just wanted to drop a note to say that your blog is awesome, and perhaps one of the best ones out there on this topic. People like you are making HH less of a taboo and my congratulations in achieving what you are with this blog.

    Keep it up please!

    I am inspired by people like you, and trying to do my bit at my Hyperhidrosis Network.. swing around sometime and let me know if you’d like to write a post for us.

    Cheers!
    Rohit

  3. Hi Maria.

    (Apologies, mistyped your name in my earlier post).

    Just wanted to drop a note to say that your blog is awesome, and perhaps one of the best ones out there on this topic. People like you are making HH less of a taboo and my congratulations in achieving what you are with this blog.

    Keep it up please!

    I am inspired by people like you, and trying to do my bit at my Hyperhidrosis Network.. swing around sometime and let me know if you’d like to write a post for us.

    Cheers!
    Rohit

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  4. Hi,

    I stumbled across your blog while looking for HH-friendly products and love it so far! I’ve always felt very alone in my HH (hands and feet) and I have only ever met one person in my life who has had it (or at least, who admitted to having it). I definitely feel a little less alone now.

    Quick question–I see that you’ve had the Botox treatment and had good results. I almost got the same treatment, but the dermatologist said it might decrease dexterity in my thumbs. I opted out for this reason (I figure finger dexterity is more important than eliminating sweat…). Did you experience any dexterity issues when you had it?

    • Hi Liz,

      I had some soreness the first few days after I had Botox, which then progressed to some numbness and tingling, especially in my pinkies. Opening car doors and turning the key in the ignition were difficult those first few days. It was kind of scary, and I couldn’t get the pins and needles feeling to go away for awhile. I was wringing and shaking my hands out, and it still wouldn’t go away. It eventually did after a few days, but it was definitely scary initially.

      Here’s my post with picures of the Botox adventure: https://mylifeasapuddle.com/my-botox-adventure.html

  5. Hey Maria!
    Thanks for taking the time to build out this site and provide such a strong foundation for hyperhidrosis. Your site not only helps generate awareness for the condition, but helps to educate others.

    I really appreciate all the time and energy you’ve put in to the site!

  6. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog–looking for yoga socks for my sweaty feet! I have suffered from palmar HH for my whole life. I had a consult with a thoracic surgeon two years ago for the sympathectomy procedure. He first prescribed glycopyrrolate to try in the mean time before scheduling the procedure. I am so lucky that this medication actually works well for me, and have yet to schedule this highly invasive procedure. I am a 185lb male and only take 2mg’s in the morning, which is a relatively small dose. I too work in healthcare and with this medication I can now actually put on a pair of latex or nitrile gloves in under a minute. Without the medication, this is can be almost impossible. My only side effect with the medication is dry mouth, which is fairly manageable. As long as I don’t drink too much coffee/caffeine, the medication works fairly well. Some days I don’t take it just to see if I will sweat, I do. It works way better on my hands than my feet. Anyway, I wanted to share my good fortune with this medication and to encourage your readers to ask their doctor about it. I am so much more confident in social situations now, and my anxiety about my sweating is probably reduced by about 80%. Glad to have found some of the fellow 3%, maybe we should all play the lottery together, ha!!

  7. Patricia Volturo

    April 18, 2019 at 0:00

    I had the worst experience today at the nail salon. While the tech was doing my pedicure I noticed she was fanning my feet to dry the sweat off my toes, so embarrassing!! As if that wasn’t enough they were talking in Chinese about it and so the other clients were looking also. But, the worst was when I asked for a manicure and the tech asked if my hands get wet like my toes, I said yes and she declined to provide me with the service. I asked if there was someone else who would do it , she spoke very loudly across the salon asking I imagine cause it was in Chinese who would be willing, instead manager comes over saying they would not be responsible if polish peeled off because of my condition, by now I’m completely humiliated then tells me to go back to station and the tech would do the service reluctantly I’m sure. She did my nails which for some reason stayed dry during the polishing part. She did not speak to me making it an even more uncomfortable situation. Can never go back to this salon for the sheer embarrassment of it all. Unfortunately this is not the first time one and done salons

    • Patricia, I’m so sorry you’ve had this experience. Thank you for being willing to share it. Keep trying! There are so many nail salons out there. Don’t give up.

    • I have this problem at the hairdressers, I sweat from every orifice of my body! I can cope with the shampoo and the cut but once they try to style it the sweat starts to pour and it’s just impossible to dry my hair, I usually end up leaving very embarrassed with wet hair and saying I’ll finish it at home.

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