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You Are Not Alone

Do you think you are sweating too much? Whether you are reluctant to shake someone's hand, you hide beneath layers of dark clothing, or keep antiperspirant with you at all times, excessive sweating may be controlling your life. It can limit your clothing choices, inhibit your desire to socialize, and drown your self-confidence. You are not alone. This medical condition, called hyperhidrosis, is more common than you might think.

It's possible to live a drier, more confident life. Find a sweat management specialist in your area.

It's Not You

If you're bothered by excessive sweating, it's very likely that your sweating problem is not all in your head. Trying to stay calm and cool isn't enough. Hyperhidrosis is a real medical condition and there are real solutions. The first step is to find a sweat management specialist who can give you a diagnosis. There are numerous effective treatment options that can help you get your life back.

Sweating the Numbers

We can give you all kinds of reassurance that excessive sweating is a common condition, but the numbers speak for themselves. A rigorous US study estimated that 2.8% of Americans suffer from excessive sweating1. That might not seem like a big number, but when applied to the 2011 population of Canada2 it means that approximately 952,000 people in Canada could be sweating too much.

In a 2011 Léger Marketing Survey of 810 Canadians3 the data showed:

66% admitted that they have a tendency to sweat and 50% say their sweating makes them self-conscious
Almost 25% said that their sweating affects their quality of life
77% say it is important for them to hide their sweating from others
75% feel that sweating can contribute to a negative first impression
50% say if they saw someone sweating (in a work or social setting) they would assume that person is nervous
21%, that's more than 1 in 5, are concerned about shaking hands due to sweaty palms

Another survey of people suffering from excessive sweating found that4:

94% felt less confident than they would like because of their hyperhidrosis
79% felt that their excessive sweating limited them at work
67% reported feeling moderately or significantly emotionally impacted by sweat
79% said their condition limits them at family and friend events
70% felt their condition impacted their ability to develop personal relationships

You can take charge of your life. Find out about diagnosing hyperhidrosis and choosing a specialist to get your treatment started.


1 Solish N, Benohanian A, et al. Prospective open-label study of botulinum toxin type A in patients with axillary hyperhidrosis: effects on functional impairment and quality of life. Dermatol Surg 2005 Apr; 31(4):405-413.

2 Statistics Canada, 2011 Census Data.

3 Léger Marketing, How generation Y Canadians measure up on the sweat scale. 810 adult Canadians aged 18 - 40 surveyed about their sweating tendencies. The online survey was conducted from February 7 to 18, 2011. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±3.5%, 19 times out of 20. p. 5 - 25.

4 Solish N, Benohanian A, et al. Prospective open-label study of botulinum toxin type A in patients with axillary hyperhidrosis: effects on functional impairment and quality of life. Dermatol Surg 2005 Apr; 31(4):405-413.

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