Anytime I have flashbacks of my sweaty life, I often find myself throwing my head back with laughter. It was an awful experience as I had to deal with excessive sweating on a daily basis, from the age of 12 when I realized I was different from other children in my school. The uncontrollable sweating on my hands and feet regardless of the weather made me feel embarrassed.
School days were the toughest days I had to endure through because my exercise books were always dirty, making my schoolmates throw cruel jokes at me. Handshakes were a nightmare for me! This greatly impacted my social interactions. It was extremely humiliating to listen to people’s comments or see their facial reaction after shaking my hand.
At some point, I was compelled to share these concerns with my parents. However, they reassured me everybody is unique in their own way, and that I shouldn’t be worried one bit. Well, this assumption instilled some confidence in me, however, that took a plunge when I joined college.
Dating in college was a big obstacle and I dreaded having to introduce the topic of my sweaty life to someone new or for the fact that holding hands isn’t an idea I enjoyed doing. While there’s a certain amount of nervousness and perspiration is normal with dating, it’s downright embarrassing when holding someone’s hands when yours is soaked in sweat.
When it comes to shoes, I had to stick to wearing closed shoes only, although they always left my feet smelly. Unfortunately, this put me in an uncomfortable situation whenever I visited someone’s house. Honestly, I became very withdrawn. I stopped hanging out with the few friends I had. But then, I thought to myself… Will I live all my life with this avoidance tactic? I had to find a solution to my problem.
Finally, the solution… Luckily, I stumbled upon online articles on hyperhidrosis, a disorder featuring the signs and symptoms I was experiencing. I consulted with my parent for the second time and they agreed to send me to see a dermatologist, who diagnosed my problem and recommend a series of treatment options, which worked very well for me.
I also joined support forums, where I got the opportunity to meet with other hyperhidrosis patients. We shared our experiences and had lots of discussions on other excellent treatments option, such as Iontophoresis.
The several years of battling with hyperhidrosis made me see the need to help others going through the same situation, thinking it’s just OK. So, I invested my time and resources in blogging to make people aware that they aren’t the only one suffering from the condition, and that they can get treated too.