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Review for International Hyperhidrosis Society, Center Valley, PA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I don't even know where to begin,this is a real living nightmare. Since I was a little girl, I have had sweaty hands and feet, but my mom believed it was pretty much when I would get excited going to an amusement park going for ice cream, for some reason she thought it was cute and normal. Fast forward to the past 25+Years, this cute sweaty hands stuff is not cute not one bit it literally has been,and continues to ruin my life, personal, professional,and spiritual life,it's relentless. I have major hyperhidrosis.. sweaty palms,feet,and underarms, I have severe social anxiety and depression due to my self esteem issues, I am in therapy,but no matter what "relaxation" techniques I am taught..Reality is, I still can not wear colors ( black is all I can wear that kinda hides the wetness) I would love to wear red,green light blue,pinks but those are a big No No.. I can't hug because of how wet my pits get even in AC and in winter weather, I can not cuddle up with my fiance' it causes friction in our relationship, because I get so sweaty and uncomfortable, I get so embarrassed and move away from him,he thinks it's him,I just don't want to point out my condition..which I'm pretty sure he knows,it's obvious, I just can't articulate to him the word "hyperhidrosis"it's horrible. I have turned down jobs because the uniforms are not black, I have bombed interviews because I have practically ran out of the room so I wouldn't have to shake their hands, needless to say I never received a call back. I can not think of one job that would not require shaking hands, paperwork, keyboard,wet and soggy are inevitable. I am a Christian and I love my church,but I can not participate in many things,due to my condition, I dread the weekly "meet and greet" part on Sunday mornings I have so much anxiety leading up to that I am fanning my hands even in AC,praying to God to dry my hands, before the pastor tells us to "meet our neighbor", I try and make my way to the restroom real quick or pretend to be tying my shoe,it's ridiculous! Lately I haven't even been attending church and that makes me so sad. I have tried Rx strength deodorant,lotions and medication is not an option for me. I pray to God that there will be some kind of treatment, a treatment that first of all relieves this emotional pain, also I pray a treatment that will be covered by insurance / Low cost/ No cost will be accessible to ALL us HH sufferers. God Bless you all!!

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