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|
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.