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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
9:29 pm - Palmar hyperhidrosis

I've had sweaty hands ever since I can remember! I had a boyfriend in high school with the same condition, and we used to sweat buckets while holding hands. It's probably the only reason I stayed with him so long. We were a match made in heaven solely due to that very embarrassing disorder! I haven't really been that in love with anyone since him, possibly due to the anxiety and uneasiness this condition has caused in my social life.

My family would always make fun of me or cringe in disgust when reminded of how sweaty my hands or feet could be. Oh how I wish my body were different! I finally put a name to it when I googled my problems. Socialphobia.com was a little help, but I need a real community of sweaty ones! I hope my post encourages this livejournal to wake up!

As I read more and more about the ways to combat my HH, I understand that once you put a name on something, it's a lot easier to deal with. I ordered the Certain Dri Roll-on and have been using it overnight for couple of days and saw no real long-lasting effect, so I took it to work today (3rd day) and applied it before the more stressful part of the day (afterschool program) and again, the sweat broke through.

Right now, my only options are the cheapest, so I will probably only try the topical ointments and methods, but if anyone can help with more tips on which work best or how to use them, I'd really appreciate it!

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Friday, August 31st, 2012
11:57 pm - HH in the family

I've had HH my whole life but it wasn't until I was in my teens that I caught on that anyone else in the family had it.

It started with me explaining to my cousin my application of Drysol and then socks to my hands before bed. She then revealed that her mom (my mom's sister) had it too. A few years later, I happened to hold my maternal grandmother's hand in a moment of her's being sweaty and established that she had HH too.

I'm now 31, and I just learned this summer that my father's brother, and one of my paternal cousins has HH, too. My paternal grandmother had taken my hand, noticed the dampness and remarked (in a neutral fashion) that it was damp they way my late uncle's always were. My paternal cousin then remarked that her sister's were too.

I was totally astonished that it had never come up before! It's bizarre really, that even though my HH was openly discussed within the household growing up, it didn't occur to either of my parents thaty they each had a sibling with HH. And was avoiding hand-holding and wiping my hands before touching anyone such second nature growing up that extended family managed not to notice for so long?

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Friday, July 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm - Just a rant

It is finally a bit of a cooler day here (25 instead of the 35+ we have been having) so I ventured out on foot/the bus to get some groceries. I was out for less than 90 minutes total, only 20 of it walking. the sweat was pouring off of me. Sitting on the bus home, my shirt was clinging and had wet spots on my sides and back, my face was drenched. it is humiliating. everyone was looking at me like I was a freak or something. I cant wear makeup, it just slides off with the sweat or on my hand when I wipe the sweat up. I have yet to find a product to help with facial sweating, which is my biggest issues.

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
10:03 pm - HH and my career (and a funny story)

Ages ago someone asked about HH compatable careers. I had not entered this career yet when the question came up, but I thought it was worth sharing now, since I've kinda mentioned it in comments. While you shouldn't choose a career path solely because of HH and should look for something that satisfies you as a whole person, this might give you some ideas, especially if you yearn to work with your hands, and thought your palmar HH would just wreck all of your work.

I have palmar HH and I am a prosthetic-orthotic technician (I make artificial limbs and limb braces/braces for the body.) Because I handle plaster (plaster bandage, casting plaster, handling the casts,) shape most of my work by grinding it with mechanical sanders and thus encounter lots of sanding dust, and wash my hands a zillion times a day because of the dust and plaster and whatever else I work with, my hands are actually dried out enough that I wear rubber gloves when working with wet plaster (plaster bandage and mixing and pouring casts) to protect my skin from cracking due to plaster's extreme water-sucking properties. And I actually need to regularly moisturize my hands throughout the day! How novel is that for someone with HH?

Occasionally, I might still get clammy hands, but it passes pretty quickly. It also comes back when I'm on vacation, but in general, it's way way diminished. I don't worry about my sweat messing up paper or leather (I work with leather on the job as well) for example.


I use Drysol, but even before my becoming a technician, I'd long since stopped caring enough to use it on a regular basis, but I'd still bring it out for stuff like job interviews and my wedding. When I got married three years ago, the night before the wedding, I put on the very last bit of Drysol from my bottle and then realized I hadn't taken my contact lenses out. Oops. I didn't want to wash it off because I had none left, so I tried very hard to get them out of my eye using the only things I could think of: rubber coated tooth brush handles. That didn't work, so I had to resort to asking my best friend to take them out for me. What are friends for, but to stick their fingers in your eyes when you can't do it yourself? :)

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Friday, April 30th, 2010
1:10 pm - HH forum


I hope everyone is doing well.

Recently I came across a HH support group and felt like sharing it with other members. I hope that is all right. I did not read anything in the community profile against posting about other support groups.


I have not joined this forum but have been reading through it. I found it via Facebook.

Just wanted to share this new source of information and I hope that everyone here is keeping cool.


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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
1:07 am - HHD and Prozac

Is anyone on here suffering from HHD also taking Prozac (Fluoxetine)?

I've been suffering from HHD for the past 8 years (axillary, groin and now devestatingly face), and I've been on Prozac for 18 years.

Last time I filled my prescription I accepted a new generic brand of Fluoxetine I'd not had before. In the leaflet (which I don't believe I've read in years and years) it mentions one of the side affects as being exessive sweating....I'm wondering if perhaps this might be the cause of my problem and wondered if there is anyone else on this drug.

The time frame coincides for me. I went on and off Prozac for quite a few years - but after accepting that I have clinical depression and realising it's permanent I decided along with my doctor that the best thing was to take Prozac indefinitely, which has improved things depression wise. It's around this time that I think my HHD developed.

Hope you can help. I'm going to make an appointment with my Dr to discuss going on another anti-depressant drug to see if perhaps it is the Prozac but I thought I'd ask here as well.

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Saturday, April 17th, 2010
11:21 am - ETC Surgery

I've posted before, but if anyone has any questions I got it done for palmar HH about 4 years ago. My thoracic surgeon was from a leading center that specializes in researching HH at Mass General Hospital, and my state issued public insurance covered it $25,000 of it. I only had to pay $150.

So, ask away. It's changed my life.

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2:27 am

At least once a year, I seem to have a HUGE problem with swelling in my hands due to HH. My fingers swell to twice their size so quickly that I can never seem to get my rings off in time, and it's hard to type. They're so bad that when I fold my fingers toward my palm, there's about a 1/4 - 1/2" gap between the tips of my fingers and the first knuckle.

Does anyone else have this problem? Any way to decrease the swelling quickly and effectively?


current mood: stressed

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Monday, February 8th, 2010
10:03 pm

Has anyone had any luck using an antiperspirant that is available at a drug store on thier bodies other than thier pits? my sweating is in other places.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009
7:27 pm

Hey everyone!
I'm sure you've all heard it before, but it's still nice that there is this community!!
I'm a 15 year old girl and I have hyperhydrosis. I've gone to the doctor because I kept getting a rash on my hands and the blood tests came out positive but the doctor didn't give me anything for it. he just said I have it and sent me on my way. my hands and pits have been so overly wet since about 8th grade, and I'm in 10th now. my feet also get clammy but not as bad. I could deal with my hands and feet, but I really wish I could wear a normal shirt without having HUGE pit stains. I was thinking about buying Drysol online, but everything I've read hasn't been good. sounds like a lot of pain and not a lot of success.
I've tried EVERY kind of antiperspirant out there. none of them even kind of worked.
do you think Drysol will work? have you tried it, if so how does it work for you? what are your tips for using it?
and if you don't think Drysol will work, what will?

thank you all so much!

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Sunday, September 13th, 2009
12:16 am - Botox

A while ago, I read something about getting botox injections in your hands/feet to curb/cure sweating momentarily. (Well, like for a couple months)

My question is this... Who of you have gotten it done and what were your results like? Was it worth the procedure?

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Friday, September 4th, 2009
3:30 pm - iontophoresis works!

hey everyone! just wanted to drop a quick note to say that i've been using the Fischer MD1a iontophoresis machine for my palmar and plantar HH and it's been working really really well for me! like a 90% reduction in sweating on my hands. and the fact that my hands are not sweating as much makes me calmer and makes me "want" to sweat less (you know what i mean...)... generally, my hands would be sweating like crazy typing out a post like this where i'm talking about my hands sweating (thinking about it makes it occur more!), but they are not sweating very much at all.

i've done 16 treatments in the past 2 months, about 1/3 of those have been "hands only" sessions (20 minutes) and the rest have been 40 minutes hands&feet sessions.

it DOES leave my hands and feet a bit itchy for the day following a treatment, but that goes away fairly quickly and i can enjoy the benefits for about a week (the majority of my treatments occurred in the first month i had the thing, and i've been doing fewer "maintenance" sessions more spaced apart after that)... but it is definitely MUCH better than having dripping hands and feet.

there has been a little compensatory sweating too: for my feet, it seems like the area on my legs right above my feet (ankles and a little higher) sweat now instead of my feet, which is no big deal at all, and they don't sweat in the quantity that my feet used to. for my hands, it may be that sweat is being redirected to my face/back of my neck, but the fact that i'm calmer due to less sweaty hands makes that happen less in general. it used to be that i'd have dripping hands AND a sweaty face. so, definite improvement.

i rented the machine for 2 months to see if it'd work (Fischer is a good company and i had no trouble with them at all), and then it worked well, so i decided to outright purchase it.

anyone else done ionto with success or failure? i'm still somewhat new to it, so i'd be curious to know if the effects continue on year after year.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2009
2:53 pm - being proactive about treatment and iontophoresis

so, i found a doctor in my area who has actually heard of hyperhidrosis and has a few patients dealing with it. i'm feeling somewhat hopeful. he gave me a few ideas and got a new prescription for drysol (which i haven't used in about 10 years)... i am going to start using it on my hands again and see what that gets me.

one of the things he mentioned was Detrol LA (normally used for overactive bladder, etc) that will dry one out in the way that glycopyrrolate will, but is a long acting capsule so it's better throughout the day. i haven't tried it yet, but i did fill a prescription for it. i am a little wary of trying it, but i may just take a day and take one in the morning and just see how i feel and how it affects me. i don't see that being an everyday kind of med, just something i would take on occassion or for a couple days before an important event (job interview, live gig, etc)...

he also mentioned a local hospital having an iontophoresis machine that you can make appointments to use, which i am highly considering.

i had also ordered some of the Secure wipes from pharmacy.ca a while back, but was a little scared to use them. i showed them to him, and he'd never seen the wipes, but said to go ahead and try them. i feel like they're actually helping a bit on my face. i'd love for them to work on hands too, but i don't think they do (due to skin thickness).

which leads me to wanting to try iontophoresis, as that is an option i have no experience with for my hands (and maybe feet, if i feel like it works well).

has anyone out there tried ionotophoresis for hands or feet (or underarm for that matter) and have any information on how you like it? also, anyone try Detrol LA for HH? let me know! that may be the next step in my quest to be proactive about treating my HH. thanks!

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
10:24 pm

I have a really bad case of facial hyperhidrosis and there hasn't been any treatment thus far that has helped me, but in googling today I learned about this thing called "glycopyrrolate solution" that has helped some people, have any of you tried it? Has it helped? I'm really desperate because it greatly affects my self-esteem.

current mood: curious

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008
1:41 am - Winter

Does anyone notice that in the winter time, the sweating is diminished a little bit?

Makes me want to move to the tundra.

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Friday, November 14th, 2008
7:23 am - palmer HH and rock climbing

Have any of you with palmer HH tried the indoor rock climbing? if so, what was your experience like? did HH hamper your efforts dramatically?

just thinking about it makes my hands sweat quite a bit, but i've been told they probably have chalk to dry your hands and perhaps i could use some gloves as well.


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Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
7:48 pm

I just got back from holidays, during which my family and I drove down to southern California and back (I live in Alberta.) And I was really worried I'd have to deal with my HH getting worse, but the thing was... I didn't. Even standing in the hot sun at Disneyland, it seemed as though I was sweating less than other people. My palmar HH is the worst for me (though I don't sweat buckets, for which I am very, very grateful), and my hands were completely dry for the entire trip. I could sit outside by the hotel's pool, in the California heat, and draw for an hour (things like writing, knitting, drawing, etc. are some of the worst triggers for my HH) with my hands staying 100% dry. I could knit for hours in the car while we were driving, and my hands would be 100% dry.

I figured, maybe I'd made a breakthrough and the Drysol was working really, really well and keeping my hands completely dry now. Then I got back, and my hands have been sweating like they did before I left - not as badly as they had been before I started using the Drysol (my HH is pretty mild palmar/plantar, mostly palmar) but they still sweated. They started sweating a little a day or two before I got back, as though it was because I was almost back.

So now I'm wondering why my hands were completely dry over the holiday, but as before now that I'm back. Is it maybe a mindset? Has anyone else noticed this happening?

current mood: frustrated

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11:43 am

Has anyone used anything topical that is safe to use both on your thighs/bum and your face? Those are the two areas I have issues with the most and most things say not to put it on your face?

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Sunday, August 17th, 2008
2:53 pm - Church

Do u bring a towel or a bandanna to put in your pocket? My hands were like faucets today. It was my first time going back to church in years. I am a new Christian but I pray to the Lord that he will help me deal with HH.

God Bless

current mood: embarrassed

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Tuesday, August 12th, 2008
12:32 am

hey, just letting you guys i know i had palmar and plantar hh and got ets surgery almost 2 years ago this fall. so if anyone has any questions just comment or message me :)

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