If you’ve ever had to write a letter with extra paper folded under your hands to blot out streams of sweat from your hands, taken two shirts to a job interview, or refuse to raise your hand in a meeting for fear of sweat patches, you’re not alone. In about 1% of the U.K. population excessive sweating is totally normal. That doesn’t make it any less upsetting.
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis to give it its medical name, happens when the sweat glands overreact to stimuli and produce more sweat than the body needs. The result of this can be devastating for sufferers, who have to contend with constantly attending to wet armpits, hands, or feet most commonly, although hyperhidrosis can affect any part of the body, including the back and face.
It’s not a temporary condition, and excessive sweating can often appear as early as childhood or adolescence. No matter what the weather, the sweating is continual and constant, wetting and staining clothes, producing odour, damaging belongings: it can result in varying degrees of isolation, depression and loneliness for those affected by it. The battle is relentless.
Since we’ve launched our excessive sweating solution SweatX in our clinics, we’re hearing all kinds of stories from people with the condition. One sufferer told us, “I read about SweatX in The Daily Mail and almost didn’t want to make the call to ask about treatment because I’ve honestly never addressed the problem out loud. Since I was 13 I’ve had wet palms and fingertips from extensive sweat issues, and for a decade now I’ve kept talcum powder at my desk at work and never had a girlfriend because who’d want me to touch them?”
Another patient explained that she avoids skimpy clothes as the only way to hide her sweat patches is to pile on layers of clothing so that the damp doesn’t peek through.
To anyone out there thinking their condition marks them out as unusual or “freakish”, it really couldn’t be further from the truth. Hyperhidrosis is a common problem. And fortunately, now it’s got a solution, too.