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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

151 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

15 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.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been donating for the past three years and are very pleased with the level of professionalism, integrity, and empathy seen in everyone involved with the organization.

2 Zack2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hyperhidrosis is a little known condition that is seen as "no big deal" to those who don't have it. However, it can be socially devastating to those who do have it. The International Hyperhidrosis Society is by far the best resource for those suffering from this condition. They do an amazing job of educating sufferers on the causes and treatments of this horrible condition.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have struggled with excessive sweating of the palms of my hands and the soles of my feet since infancy. It has affected almost all aspects of my life, including body image, career choices, social interactions, and intimate relationships; it affects what I touch, who I touch, and how I touch. Hyperhidrosis is something that I have coped with, often on my own, for 34 years.

The IHHS has been my primary source for medically-accurate information on treatment for hyperhidrosis, which has helped me become an informed patient and advocate for myself. IHHS has increased my hope that things can be better for myself and others. Through website, telephone, and in-person resources, they have helped patients find clinicians that provide treatment, and helped patients find ways to pay for their treatment, a barrier to care that often increases the hopelessness of this condition. IHHS has helped increase access to care for patients of all financial means.

Many exuberant and dry-handed thank-you's to my Pennsylvania-based IHHS. You have made my life so much better.
Con carino,
Megan P.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for more than 30 years. It wasn't until my daughter also showed signs of excessive sweating that I looked up the symptoms on the Internet. The International Hyperhidrosis Society site answered many questions that I had. I felt encouraged to seek medical treatment that could be covered by our insurance. I am so relieved and happy that my daughter and son can do presentations at school, play in the band, go out on dates, etc. without having to worry about sweaty underarms any more (thank you, Botox!). I think about what a different person I might have turned out to be if I hadn't been held back by embarrassing sweat stains. This organization helps many others like me to learn how to alleviate their sweating and lead their best lives.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Hyperhidrosis Society has been a lifesaver for many of our students. We live in a very low-wealth county and a large percentage of our students are unable to purchase even basic hygiene items. After providing IHHS with a picture of our hyperhydrosis posters (that are located in our Student Health office) and explaining the needs of our students, they graciously supplied us with deodorant samples. Our students are extremely appreciative of being given the deodorant. One said the other day "I can keep the whole thing?? Thank you!" That pretty much says it all. My thanks to IHHS!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Hyperhidrosis Society was very helpful in providing deoderant samples for indigent students who are affected by the condition. Ms. Christine was very responsive in meeting our needs.
Sharon Hobson, RN, CRNP

1 Cynthia54

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great nonprofit group. I was in need of sample deodorant for my school which has lots of economically disadvantaged students; and with just a short email, they provided me with much needed samples. This is a great help to our kids, many of which can not afford quality hygeine projects.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in a dermatology practice and the IHHS is absolutely wonderful! They are a very knowledable resource and quick to help. I have referred many out of town patients to them in order to find help closer to home. They truly give the impression that they are their to help the patient.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a needy school with 1350 underpriveledged students. I am a school nurse and determined a need for deodarant since finances influences the hygiene of the students and was immediately responded to in a positive way with a generous donation.

3 Susan207

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a school nurse in an elementary school and am always looking for ways to serve my students. Years ago Proctor and Gamble would give away free samples of deodorant to our 5th graders. We would distribute them during the health talks about maturing. The freebies are no longer given but the need remains. I am thrilled to be able to obtain some free samples for our children. Thanks to this group our halls will be a sweeter place!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My middle school is very appreciative of the suppport we have received from the International Hyperhidrosis Society. They have sent our school antiperspirant samples that are given to students during important discussions on personal hygiene care.
Thanks again.

Yvonne Pointer
School Nurse

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Christine's response to my request was both swift and kind. Thank you for your help; children who are entering adolescence certainly need all the support we can give, and yours is appreciated.
With gratitude,
Gail Shapira

Client Served

Rating: 5

Quick response to a request for teh students at the high school where I work.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Very helpful to an underserved socioeconomic elementary school with adolescents.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a school nurse to middle school aged children, I am faced daily with hygiene issues. The students ask questions about why they sweat so much and weather or not this condition is normal. The literature and supplies provided helps me educate the children and their families. Thank you!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IHHS is a wonderful resource for patients suffering with hyperhidrosis. I encourage all of my patients to visit the website for information and for a source of support in knowing that they are not alone when dealing with this condition. I have also attended an educational seminar for healthcare providers and learned other ways to help and treat my patients.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IHHS has truly been a pleasure to work with. They provide informative and accurate information to help the thousands of people suffering with hyperhydrosis get through their daily lives. Their newsletter and website are great tools for finding out the latest information and solutions to excessive sweating. I highly recommend to consumers and partners alike.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The International Hyperhidrosis Society's website and newsletter are very informative and helpful. Through the website, I found the iontophoresis machine I purchased as well as other useful products. As a hyperhidrosis sufferer for over 20 years, it is so comforting to read about other people's experiences and to know you're not alone with this problem.
I am also a school nurse and was so excited to receive the school kit. During a hygiene lecture, I explained to my 4th-6th graders what hyperhidrosis was and let them know there is help available. I will soon be receiving samples of deodorant and plan to give those to the 5th & 6th graders during their human growth & development class. If I can help one student, it will be well worth it! I remember feeling so confused and frustrated with my sweaty hands when I was young. I don't want that for any of my students or my children. I am so grateful to the IHS and glad so many people care!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a school nurse for an middle school. I have about 700 4th, 5th, and 6th graders in my school. The samples and the materials I received from Internataional Hyperhidrosis Society helped me a lot with educating my students. I used them for hygiene classes and education. Being able to give samples and education information to these students helps so much!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Like most people, I didn't realize excessive sweating was a medical condition. I thought those that suffered with it were people with poor hygiene habits or 'nervous types' who showed their high levels of anxiety through profuse sweating. I hate to admit this negative prejudice but that was the way I felt. Then, I learned more about hyperhidrosis and was completely ashamed of how uneducated I was. The saddest part is that people who have this condition sometimes don't understand it themselves. Sadder still, they often feel that perhaps they deserve to be shunned or ridiculed. They feel there is no hope, that they alone suffer and that they just have to 'live with it.' Without IHHS, this would be true. I can't express how truly life-changing the IHHS mission is to people with hyperhidrosis. The IHHS website, outreach programs and counseling help bring together a community where there wasn't one before. For the millions of people with the condition, and the millions of friends and families that help them cope, IHHS is a beacon of help.