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International Hyperhidrosis Society

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Causes: Health

Mission: It is our mission to promote hyperhidrosis research, educate physicians in optimal diagnosis and care, raise awareness about the condition's emotional and economic impacts, and advocate for patient access to effective treatments. As part of our mission, we continuously build programs that connect those who suffer from hyperhidrosis with those who provide care, while increasing public understanding of this debilitating medical condition.

Results: Educated hundreds of medical professionals in hyperhidrosis diagnosis and care; Provided bi-monthly e-newsletter to over 50,000 subscribers; Supported research and development of improved treatments; Millions of media impressions; Millions of visitors to our continuously-updated site: www.SweatHelp.org.

Target demographics: kids, adults, families suffering with excessive, uncontrollable sweating

Geographic areas served: Global.

Programs: physician education, research support, advocacy for sufferers, and public awareness.

Community Stories

128 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

13 ltguy11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at IHHS ever since I was in high school and Lisa and the staff always treated me with care and respect. They go to great lengths to get the word out about hyperhidrosis and raise awareness about this disorder. I've known this organization almost since the beginning and seen them grow and do great things. Thanks to the work that is done, HH treatment and insurance coverage for it has come a long way. They're always in the know about upcoming treatments and work hard to facilitate progress in the field by interacting with scientists and companies that develop treatments for hyperhidrosis. There really is no other organization like this in the world.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have friends and acquaintances who suffer with Hyperhidrosis. I tell all my friends about SweatHelp.org. It is very helpful and informative for those with the disease. I appreciate all the help this gives those with the condition.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The transparent Mission of the IHHS is a refreshing motivating tool for all of us to become more attentive and active in the advancement of the quality of life for people of all ages; both women and men.
As an Engineer, I appreciate the informative and enjoyable format of the IHHS Newsletter.
It always sets forth a logical, well prepared message that clearly defines their Mission to help others.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IHHS is a great resource for hyperhidrosis sufferers! It is a one-stop source for information, doctors to see, and putting them in touch distributors/retailers of with specialty products, such as ourselves, Hidrex USA, which distribute iontophoresis devices for a long-term treatment solution. Keep up the great work, IHHS!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization to work with providing a great service to people with hyperhidrosis. Very professional.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

helpful and supportive for an issue that gets little attention otherwise

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent group, very focused on their cause and always working to support the sufferers of hyperhidrosis!

13 ltguy11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at IHHS ever since I was in high school and Lisa and the staff always treated me with care and respect. They go to great lengths to get the word out about hyperhidrosis and raise awareness about this disorder. I've known this organization almost since the beginning and seen them grow and do great things. Thanks to the work that is done, HH treatment and insurance coverage for it has come a long way. They're always in the know about upcoming treatments and work hard to facilitate progress in the field by interacting with scientists and companies that develop treatments for hyperhidrosis. There really is no other organization like this in the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am currently an undergraduate student with palmar hyperhidrosis who have tried many treatments to manage it, such as antiperspirants, traditional Chinese medicine, and Robinul, but they were ineffective at stopping the sweat or had major side effects. The people at the IHHS enabled me to get a free Botox treatment that finally helped me have dry hands! With my current income, there would have been no way that I could of have this treatment done so soon if it wasn't for them. The staff all are amazing people and the work they do is life-changing for so many. Thank you so much for everything!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The International Hyperhidrosis Society is a first class non-profit organization that truly offers a one-of-kind support and education system to those individuals suffering from HH. As a company developing a potential new topical therapeutic for HH, we've had the unique opportunity to work with the IHHS on several occasions and have witnessed first hand how much of a positive impact they've had on the lives of those impacted with this condition. This organization is run by an individual that is seasoned, motivated, organized and truly passionate about creating awareness for HH and helping out those who are affected on a daily basis by HH. For all these reasons, we are and will continue to be a proud supporter of the IHHS .

2

Donor

Rating: 5

International Hyperhidrosis Society is a great nonprofit helping so many people with excessive sweating. They offer much helpful information on their website including tips regarding products that can help minimize the sweating.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is superb. Both Lisa Pieretti and Christine Fleckenstein epitomize the utmost professionalism, care and diligence in assisting both public as well as private individuals on combating hyperhidrosis. I'm GRATEFUL the IHHS serves as an effective, professional liaison and I have zero qualms recommending them. Thank you everyone!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was extremely happy to be part of the Seattle event. Thanks a lot for conducting such a great event and helping the people like me. I got Botox injections and I spent whole summer without sweaty palms. I still remember how much I struggled every summer here in US and every day when I was in India. There, I used to get sweating (palms and feet) all around the year, due to hot weather. I never be able to go out with normal slippers. I felt so much shy if I have to walk on a clean marble floor when I went outside. I still remember the tough times I faced while writing exams, writing notes and condition of my text books after my use. I still remember the jokes played on me by the classmates and friends.

I really appreciate your efforts on helping us and fighting to change our fate. You will be next to the god in our opinion. Hoping soon you will be able to find simple and permanent solution for this annoying sweating problem.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have interacted with many organizations as a healthcare advisor, and I can honestly say that the IHHS is one of the most professional, action-oriented groups I have encountered. They connect effectively with patients, healthcare providers and innovators in healthcare such as my clients. The leadership is truly dedicated, knowledgable and organized. A pleasure to work with the IHHS!

5 Suzanna3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IHHS has given me a life that I thought I would never be able to live. I thought I would have sweaty palms, hand and feet forever. How I came upon this organization was one day I was fed up so I googled sweaty palms, hands and feet and their organization was one of the links. I never knew there was a name for it. I just called it what it really was. So I reached out and
gave them my stories and my concerns because at that te I was a performer who used microphones and other electrical objects in my hand. I was worried with the way my hands sweated that I would get electrocuted. I was so self conscious about every thing. From the type of shoes to wear because of sweaty feet, they type of clothes to wear because of sweaty underarms, and whose hand I couldn't shake due to sweaty palms. My life was restricted until I came across this organization. They educated me and helped me with treatment. For that I am so grateful. With the help of their information I was able to go to my dermatologist and she diagnosed me with hyperhidrosis and treated me for it. It's been 6 years and I've been sweat free. Thank you so much. I am now more confident than I ever was and I can wear what I want.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has been a life saver for me. They are truly an AMAZING and dedicated group of people! Not only are these medical professionals "models" for the rest of their profession, but they were also clearly dedicated to compassionate and QUALITY PATIENT CARE!
I was honestly blown away this past weekend at the Hyperhydrosis Master Class in Seattle, WA. I was a patient volunteer on Saturday 7/25/15, who flew across the country from Raleigh, NC to be able to take advantage of the generous treatments from all of these wonderful people. After I left the event that day, I honestly COULDN'T get over how authentic and transparent this non-profit truly is. Their zealous advocation of patient care/treatment for all the people who suffer from this (and get denied necessary treatments by their insurance companies) is a rare, but wonderful needle in a haystack of medical "resources" that exist today.
The organization really lives by it's mission statement: "It is our mission to promote hyperhidrosis research, educate physicians in optimal diagnosis and care, raise awareness about the condition's emotional and economic impacts, and advocate for patient access to effective treatments. As part of our mission, we continuously build programs that connect those who suffer from hyperhidrosis with those who provide care, while increasing public understanding of this debilitating medical condition." (www.sweathelp.org)
....And I am beyond thankful that I was able to take part in this event opportunity that was full of teaching and treatment. I would fly across the country over and over each year, if it meant that I could receive such life changing help.

THANK YOU IHS!! My quality of life will be so much better and more manageable for the next 8-10 months as a result of the Botox injections you all helped provide for me at this master class in Seattle.
I want to be a part of this forever!!!

7 Adrian7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first time participating in an event by IHS and it was outstanding! I was part of the Seattle event and met some fantastic people at our table that REALLY made a difference in discussing the interesting challenges that only someone with this condition can understand.....truly understand.

The stories, the challenges, the real life strategy you have to take each day to hide, minimize, avoid, talk your way out of that will cause your condition to be exposed to others was truly awesome to talk to others about for a few hours. To live with something like this is such a tricky strategy to work into your life that to imagine what it's like to have dry hands(or other areas) seems like a dream after doing for your whole life. I was really impressed at the situations people have to deal with and how they do it every day. The discussion at our table for me was inspiring to overcome this challenge! As they say there is always someone that has it worse than you and I learned that today in a personal way.

The staff that administered the treatments today were top notch and it was nice to know that they were getting first hand education of this condition from a group of people that deal with it and were not trying to down play the impact it has on our life. Lisa was a fantastic facilitator and made us all feel comfortable and has a contagious smile creating an energy of hope for a possible solution to one day be able to proactively reach my hand out and introduce myself with a firm full grip hand shake and not get that face or reaction that we're all familiar with when that human contact factor is inevitable:)

Thanks to the awesome people at our table today- your stories were inspiring to learn there's a possible solution that can help us change the course of our life by being able to- shake hands, wear slippers in public, present in front of a group confidently, wear clothing without sweat consideration, and engage with others in the way we always imagined it would be like not having to hide from hyperhydrosis! Thank you for what you're doing!

Adrian
Vancouver, WA, USA

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

International Hyperhidrosis Society has literally answered every question that I've had since I was young about a serious medical condition that many doctors that I went to did not know how to treat. Hyperhidrosis negatively affects EVERY person who is affected by it in a negative way. I has affected the way that I went outside(night time to prevent unsightly sweat strains and drenched face), my job, school, and personal life(lack thereof). IHS has allowed me to finally learn and manage hyperhidrosis. I even direct my physicians to their website to be informed of the condition, and we use it to manage and plan treatments to battle it. I cannot praise them ENOUGH!!! Best organization hands down. They respond to emails promptly, sends out newsletters that aren't spam but provide actual information and scientific advancements, and provide treatment to individuals who battle with the condition for FREE in return of educating other health care practitioners of the condition. Every effort needs to be made to help IHS to expand to further serve the ill and educate the healthcare providers.

3 Katrina Zchori

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hello everyone!
I'm Katrina, Owner/Creative Director of the women's apparel brand www.KatrinaZchori.com. I've battled with hyperhidrosis for many years and just last year began to find ways to share my story on a broader scale. That's also when I reached out to www.Sweathelp.org for advice on how to do that and without hesitation they were so helpful. A list of suggestions were given on what I could do to be involved and so that's what I'm doing now. As a fashion designer I share my story in hopes of helping others come out and share theirs too. It doesn't matter what you're dealing with, but it does matter what you choose to do with it. For years I allowed this condition to isolate me, but not anymore. Thank you for the opportunity to share and I hope this inspires you to use your voice to speak up about hyperhidrosis.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I absolutely love working with this organization! To see true care & compassion that is exerted from the physicians, to the organizers, to the staff working the seminars; it's truly amazing to watch everyone work together in effort to better these patients quality of life.

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Each year I get the opportunity to participate at IHHS seminars where I interact closely with hyperhidrosis patients. It is truly a rewarding experience each and every time I get to see patients leaving with smiles on their faces after they've received their treatments. I look forward to these seminars every year and working alongside this wonderful organization to help others with excessive sweating!

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Over the past several years I have had the privilege to attend and assist at IHHS events. Earlier today I had an opportunity to reflect on my experience with a friend, who happens to also be a patient of the private practice I work in. As I was explaining the IHHS to him, my eyes filled with happy tears thinking of the patients who have had life changing experiences due to the wonderful care given by the IHHS.

Excessive sweating is real and with the help of the IHHS, quality of lives are changing! During each event, I learn something new through the patients testimonies. These are memories I carry with me during my journey of caring for patients on a daily basis.

Thank you IHHS for all you do!