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How Hyperhidrosis Can
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How Hyperhidrosis Can F$&k You Up

Confession: Sometimes I cuss like a sailor. Just ask my cousin Jim. I debated whether to use the title of this post for awhile, but then I decided NOPE, I’m not going to filter myself here. Because this word implies that hyperhidrosis (Hh) is serious (which it is), and it can f**k you up  sometimes.

So let’s keep it real, okay?

Here is how hyperhidrosis can be so devastating that it f**ks you up.

These things that I’ve mentioned above (and I know there are so many more) are the feelings and realities of hyperhidrosis sufferers worldwide. This is why we need more clinical research, which leads to more clinical trials, which leads to more treatment options for hyperhidrosis.

Facts About Hyperhidrosis

Data published in Archives of Dermatological Research show 4.8% of the population suffers from hyperhidrosis — this makes Hh more common than autism, melanoma, psoriasis, and peanut allergies.

The following facts about uncontrollable excessive sweating are provided by the International Hyperhidrosis Society’s report The Voice of the Hyperhidrosis Sufferer, an incredibly comprehensive resource gleaned from their Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting for Hyperhidrosis (I like to call it the Hyperhidrosis PFDD for short).

  • There are approximately 15.3 million individuals living with hyperhidrosis in the U.S.
  • A 2016 study of more than 2,000 participants found the prevalence of anxiety and depression was significantly higher in those with Hh than those without Hh
  • Hh sufferers have a 300% greater risk of skin infections (just ask my high school track coach who saw me with athlete’s foot all the time – ugh!)
  • 60% of Hh sufferers report negative impacts on general health
  • 40% of Hh sufferers report physical discomfort
  • 5% of Hh sufferers indicate they take antidepressants or anti-anxiety medications due to their sweating

So what can we do for hyperhidrosis?

You are NOT alone when it comes to hyperhidrosis!

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2 Comments

  1. I have lived with excessive sweating since I was 25 I am Now 66 years and I am still very bad with it. I have been to many different Consultants and they cannot find the reason what is causing it I change up to 10 tops during the during the day and during the night. I have tried probanthine 4 four times a day and Catapres 1 three times a day and I still suffer from excessive sweating at this stage I find it so severe and would weld any help at all.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

    • Hello Anonymous. Thank you for reaching out. Have you heard of the International Hyperhidrosis Society? They are an independent, nonprofit authority on excessive sweating and have a lot of good information on their website regarding diagnosis and treatment options. You could also show your medical team this website, as the IHhS does a lot of outreach to educate healthcare providers on hyperhidrosis.

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