November 15th, 2012Site News
Hello all, we have been talking and helping a young Gentleman who is currently making a new Iontophoresis machine. This could mean a better future for us all, less suffering from our dreaded Hyperhidrosis. If you can please take a few minutes out of your day to fill out the on-line survey.
Remember….our little voices can make ONE BIG ONE and help raise the awareness on living with this skin disease.
Let me introduce you to a wonderful young man,
Hello, My Name is Mark Gamwell and I thank you for this opportunity,
I am a fourth year Product Design student at Loughborough University. As part of my final year I must undertake an in-depth design project.
After careful thought and consideration, my choice of final year project has been greatly influenced by the experience of one of my friends who has suffered for several years from hyperhidrosis. Having been present at one of their iontophoreses treatments at an NHS hospital, I thought that the equipment used could have been designed in a more user friendly manner; however the treatment was very effective and relieved their symptoms greatly.
I am going to design and develop an iontophoreses machine that would be primarily used by people at home as well as in hospitals. I am now looking to conduct in-depth user research to help me develop a comfortable and user focused product.
My main areas of development from my initial research will be:
•User comfort during use.
•User’s ability to control while treating their hands.
•How information is displayed and user interaction.
•Allow for easier storage.
•Reduce cost whilst providing a quality product.
To ensure that I can design a product that addresses real user needs and desires, I need to gain first hand research from people who own and use these machines in their everyday life.
I want to find out what you like and enjoy about the machine you use, what you dislike and what really annoys you when using it.
The more information I can gather on how everyone interacts and uses their machine, the better understanding of what it is that really needs to be addressed in my redesign.
I really hope that with lots of support I can design a product that will be able to make a real difference and possibly allow me to approach the current manufacturers with a new and innovative idea that could possibly become a manufactured product that will go on sale.
Undergraduate Industrial Designer
Loughborough Design School
http://www.esurveyspro.com/Survey.aspx?id=cc3a1b21-c454-4c1a-af13-0f22d07d628cTags: disease, feet, hands, help, hyperhidrosis, iontophoresis, skin, sweat, sweating
November 22nd, 2011Site News
Thank you for your blog Lisa! It sounds very familiar to me, with friends like that, who needs enemies? **big hugs**
Me and my annoying friend hyperhidrosis i cant get rid of.
I wake up suddenly with my hair stuck to my face and my pj’s clinging to my body, I throw the duvet off and jump out of my sweaty bed. Glancing at the temperature I see 12 degrees today in my house…..yet it still feels like 30 degrees as i’m burning up. Grab a cold drink, sit down and calm myself down.
Time to get ready for the day….highs of 15 degrees today. White t-shirt, jeans and thin black cardi. I fling the bathroom window wide open, feeling the cold air on my face whilst brushing my teeth. Start applying my make up, I’m tempted to turn my mini fan on but I battle through this morning. Scrape my hair back and clip the loose hair back. I wish I could straighten my hair but this friend of mine doesn’t let me straighten it and if he does within 10 minutes of walking out the door he has made it a curly wet mess.
Grab my bag, and pull my coat on…..attempting to look normal and avoid catching a cold. I’m running late for my doctors appointment, a 10 minute brisk walk and i’m there. Now I could be wrong but I’m sure I have walked into a sauna…..I quickly strip down to my t-shirt and push open a window. Only to get moaned at by an old lady complaining its cold with the window open. I want to scream at her, she’s sitting there in her coat rosy cheeked, I’m sitting there in a t-shirt sweat pouring everywhere. I stumble into the doctors room and get through my appointment in a soggy mess. I can’t bare to put my coat on so walk come without it on.
Strip down for 10 minutes before I need to leave for my follow up dermatologists appointment. Surprise surprise Im sure the doctor made them turn the heating off and open all the windows so its cold in the waiting room. I get called in, instructed to strip and told Im not sweating. Plucking up the courage to tell her to shove her hand in my undies when a male nurse flies in and I back out. My pills didn’t work. Her response? It’s only sweating you are just going to have to live with it. Oh how much I wished something like freaky Friday would have happened right then!!
I head into town finding it unbearable. I find it ironic that the shops turn their heating on to encourage custom. Any hot shops don’t get my custom I walk straight out.
Get the phone call about my car. It’s not worth fixing…..the sweat pours just thinking of the stressful few days to follow. Arrive at the garage to pay the man just in a t-shirt, he comments about how I must be freezing. I brush it off and get out of there as quick as I can.
Finally home, I chuck on some joggers and a vest. Time to start on dinner. Fling the kitchen windows wide open, prepare my kitchen towel to dab my face and crack on. Eventually get though cooking.
Bath time, my favourite part of the day. I let the cold water run into the bath 5 minutes before i get out. Sit down in my towel drying off and get into my pyjamas.
Bed time with half my body outside of the duvet and half my body under the duvet I finally get to sleep. Another day over in what seems like a hell hole.
My name is Lisa and I’m a generalized sweater, my friend hyperhidrosis insists on introducing himself first every day.Tags: clothes, cool, dermatologist, dripping, embarrassing, excessive sweat, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, skin, sweating
November 13th, 2011Site News
I want to personally thank a new member for allowing us to post her story. She knows how important this is for us all in raising awareness on this awful skin disease, that brings us all misery every day of our lives.
This is a very moving story of inspiration, bravery and courage.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts….
Anne and Beverly xxx
If you want to join in our cause on, “Raising Awareness” Join the cause, we have a section in the forum for this HAC, Hyperhidrosis Awareness Campaign, good things are happening.
I always say lots of little voices can make one big one. If you want to join our cause then please send your story to our very own Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org She will be glad to post it on our front page and if requested all will be confidential. Thanks for helping us here at Very Sweaty Betty, your friendly sweaty support group.
Vicki’s story,My Story to date,I’m Vicki and I’m not ashamed to say that I am an Hyperhidrosis sufferer. It it embarrassing but I’m not ashamed.I have had Hyperhidrosis since I could walk. It started with my hands, feet and underarms and I noticed more at the tender age of 5-6 in Infant School. I used to have to write whilst I had a clump of tissue in my hand to wipe up the dripping sweat from the page. I also had to stuff rolled up tissue under my arms to stop my uniform from getting drenched.Summer time obviously the worst season for me, but it affected me all year through. Doctors used to tell me to hold my hands under cold water for a minute to cool them down, which did not work. I was then tried on something similar to Driclor where it was rolled on my affected areas and had to sleep with socks and plastic gloves on. This worked for a short while but then the sweat faught its way through!
When I approached 13 I was advised to go and see a Dematologist Consultant in Manchester Infirmary. They told me about the endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy surgery, also known as ETS. They told me that they would make a small incision in each arm pit and cut some glands to help cut down the sweating. They said that there was a possibility of the operation making my eyes droopy.As I was modelling at the time, my Mum thought it would be best for me to make this huge decision when I turned 18. So I just learned to live with it.Always ensuring I had tissue in my bag, I could never wear a top or dress without sleeves as there would be nowhere for me to put the tissue under my armpits. I hated having to shake hands with anyone, especially for job interviews as I would always have to explain myself (i still do).
Eventually, in 2003 when I was 21, I bit the bullet and decided to go for the ETS operation/surgery as I couldn’t live the way I was, being an Entertainer and in the public eye 24/7.I had a consulation first where they told me about collapsing my lungs during the op (something they never mentioned before) and the “slight” possibility of a “small” amount of sweating on my stomach as it would need somewhere else to go. I thought that I could cope with my stomach, if it stopped under my arms and hands (feet I could cope with).After the surgery, the first week was brilliant. I went back to Mallorca where I was working, then disaster struck!One night I literally couldn’t gasp for my breath. I was rushed into hospital and after 3 days of ECG and MRI scans/tests, they found fluid on my lungs, something that had accrued in Manchester Hospital.I was then in hospital for a further 7 days. Once sorted, I flew back home in the October and realised that my sweating was ridiculous. I didn’t think anything whilst in Mallorca due to the heat anyway. I found that my “slight” amount of sweating had increased to my forehead, back, stomach, armpits, hands, feet, legs. Basically EVERYWHERE!.There was nothing that Manchester Infirmary could do about it either. I did have Botox in my armpits for a short while in 2005, but my local hospital withdrew the funding unfortunately. Botox was brilliant and lasted for 6-8 months.
Since joining HSG and Very Sweaty Betty, I have found out about some bladder control pills called Oxybutynin. I consulted my GP who was more than happy to try me on them. I do notice a bit of a difference but with how severe my sweating is, I think that I will need to be increased to a bigger doseage.I now have my very own Iontorphoresis Machine because my local PCT won’t fund any sessions in hospital because in their words, “I am, low priority”!!!I will start using this, this week, so fingers crossed for my future. It is horrible living like this and not being able to wear cloths without sleeves; especially in the summer or dancing in a pub with tissue stuck to my forehead or shoes without tights/pop socks on, but i’m not ashamed to tell my story and increase awareness of this awful condition. Finally I do urge anyone who’s thinking of having ETS – PLEASE, DON’T DO IT!
Tags: antiperspirant, anxiety, botox, clothes, clothing, dermatologist, disease, embarrassing, ets, excessive sweat, facial, feet, groin, hands, hyperhidrosis, skin, summer, surgery, sweating, very sweaty betty, vsb
November 8th, 2011Site News
I really hope this inspires you all, it did for me. Thank you again my dearest friend, Denise, what a talent in writing you have and for sharing this great info and inspiration with us.
Last night I was watching the news and saw a story about a book: Our Bodies Ourselves, it was the 40th anniversary of the original publishing of the book. 40 years, wow, I have a copy of it and I had forgotten how much flap there was about the book back then. But there was a real bruhaha over this book and it was just a small group of women who started it. The horror of it all, a group of women, the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective had the unmitigated gall to gather information from women, about their own bodies, sharing information even Doctors were not giving their patients, and publish a book so millions of women would have access to information about their own bodies. There was a series of interviews (on the news) by many from so long ago, and some recent. Dr. Susan Love was talking about how this book was what in fact drove her when she was in medical school. As a student Susan Love was learning what was being taught to up and coming Ob/gyns, and it was sorely lacking.
This may be surprising to some, but to others, not so much. I believe the medical profession would prefer to go back to the good old days when any “female” complaint was simply treated with leaches. Fortunately, women are no longer banned from higher education allowed and vote, so it is highly unlikely that will happen. But at least it gives us a point of reference for what we are dealing with: The Medical Community.
Sometime ago I read a blog entitled: A Diary of a Dying Mom, by Michele Mayer. Michele Mayer started as a nurse, then went on to pursue a Masters and a Doctorate in Public Health, which earned her the title of Doctor. She was not a physician, but had achieved a rather lofty status, not that it helped her much. It took her over 6 years to be correctly diagnosed as having Scleroderma.
Repeatedly doctors told her she did not have this disease, and she honestly did not want it. There is no cure for Scleroderma, what it does is turn the skin into an exoskeleton, as well as vital organs, it is an autoimmune disease that starts up for no apparent reason. There is a medical term that indicates unknown origin, that escapes me at this moment…Idiopathic, is the term. At any rate, if you have the time to read it, you should read this blog. Yes, Michele Mayer died about 2 years ago, but what the lesson is: she lived, and battled the medical profession every step of the way, along with a disease that eventually took her life. Michele Mayer presented a paper detailing what is is to be a “difficult patient,” and how proud she was of it. Going against “the doctor” is not pleasant ; getting a doctor to listen to the patient is almost impossible.
SHOULD WE ALL WRITE A CHAPTER WHAT LIVING WITH HYPERHIDROSIS REALLY IS AND SELF PUBLISH IT?
Would it help? I CAN GET NO RESPONSE! I have written Dr. Love about Hyperhidrosis, I have written Dr. Oz. No response. That is all I get: nothing. But I am going to keep writing letters, in an attempt to be heard. Occasionally I go back and reread Michele Mayer’s paper on being “a difficult patient” and keep on, because I can. Hyperhidrosis is still a better card to draw than Scleroderma any day of the week.
I admire Denise as she stays so strong and refuses to give up. I also am battling with raising awareness on this, I feel like I hit brick walls daily. No one ever gets back to you or even members wont help. Were not asking a lot, a short story, blog on how it is to live with this skin disease daily. We are suffer daily and why not help ourselves along the path to get better treatment, a Doctor or medical staff who are trained to help us.
I’m tired of being fobbed off with another oral med that is not even related to my Hyperhidrosis, living in a fog from the side effects or another harsh topical treatment that burns our skin. PLEASE HELP.
September 22nd, 2011Site News
Among the important functions of our skin is to assist in getting rid of the excess heat from our body. This is accomplished by evaporative cooling (the sweat evaporates taking with it heat extracted from the body). When there is excess sweating or it is retained on the body, the sweat accumulates; this is called hyperhidrosis. Sweat ordinarily does not produce an odor. If the sweat stays on the skin too long, it can contribute to the growth of bacteria and the breakdown of skin chemicals. This bad smelling sweat is called bromhidrosis. The first condition can be a simple annoyance to you and the second can be an annoyance to those around you, especially in a oriental food restaurant.
RISKS OF SWEATY FEET:
Sweaty feet can also have a harmful effect on other aspects of your foot health too. The excess sweat can act as a chemical vehicle and solvent extracting chemicals from the linings of your shoes. These dissolved, shoe chemicals can cause skin rashes (contact or allergic dermatitis). The sweat can also lead the more rapid deterioration of your shoes.
Most importantly, the sweat also significantly changes the environment inside your shoes to not only dark and warm, but also damp — the perfect environment for certain yeast, mold, fungal and viral infections of the skin. Sweaty feet are thus more like to develop skin rashes, yeast infections, athletes foot, fungus toenails and warts (common or plantar). If you have any of these conditions, then controlling your hyperhidrosis is very important for treating these concurrent problems.
YOU CAN DO IT!:
Here is some helpful advice which you can follow if you have a problem stemming from or worsened by excess perspiration (sweating) of your feet.
HYGIENE is the first and simplest factor which must be addressed. If the feet, toes and toe webs are not well cleansed regularly and kept dry, sweat will accumulate, and foot odor and infections can result.
The feet, toes and toe webs MUST be “cleansed” well, NOT just rinsed off. Use a surgical-grade antibacterial soap such as Betadine® Skin Cleanser (VERY drying; not to be used if allergic to iodine!) or Hibiclens®, or their generic equivalents, available at your pharmacy. “Deodorant” soaps are NOT enough to control bacteria. Cleansing means gently cleaning with a washcloth and then lathering up the feet again with one of the antiseptic soaps and allowing that lather to sit on the feet for a minute before washing it off. Then it is important to thoroughly dry the feet and webs, if necessary with a “hair” drier.
FOOT ENVIRONMENT is the second, obvious area to focus on. We usually encase our feet in closed, tight, shoes which are often made of non-absorbent materials, such as patent leather, plastics, vinyl, and rubber. Frequently shoes are glued together instead of sewn. Do NOT were cotton socks in closed shoes (compared to sandals). Cotton socks in winter, outdoors, can make your feet cold and likely to get frostbite. Cotton socks in closed shoes guarantees hotter, wetter feet!
Whenever possible, wear shoes which closely match the shape and contours of your feet and toes. Limit the use of “stylish,” “designer” shoes. Wear shoes that fit properly; be measured for them before buying; and allow plenty of room in the toe box. If you cannot easily wiggle your toes in the shoe, it is too tight. Wear shoes with uppers made of leather, not impervious. Gortex is great for venting excess perspiration. NEVER wear the same shoes two days in a row; use shoe-trees between uses. Allow your shoes to DRY out a full day before wearing that pair again.
Powder your feet, toes and webs (NOT the shoes) with a good foot powder such as ZeaSorb® (which contains micro-fine cellulose) before donning your socks or stockings. In cool or cold weathers, a thin pair of polypropylene or acrylic socks worn under more absorbent socks of acrylic-wool blend will keep the feet drier. A medium-bulk acrylic sock would be a good substitute for the preceding combination. Cotton socks should be AVOIDED, especially in closed shoes! They are absorbent BUT they hold your own sweat against your skin – there to cause problems! Wear only clean socks – daily. If you have a significant sweat problem, change you socks or stocking half-way through the day, re-powdering your feet when you do.
At the end of the day, wear sandals, zorries or flip-flops around the house. Where appropriate go shoeless with or without a pair of fresh, clean socks. (Caution: may be slippery on tile and wooden floors and stairs!) AVOID foam-filled, terry cloth (usually cotton uppers) slippers.
STRESS makes you Sweat!
Perhaps the most difficult factor to control is the stress in your life. The more “tension” you are under, the more you are likely to have sweaty feet. Modifying your behavior and your psychological environment (at home and at work) to lessen excessive stress will help you control sweating. This is an ongoing task which you must confront, hopefully with the cooperation of the people you have to deal with. Professional guidance may help.
What more can be done?
Several other tools and techniques can help to lessen the problem of sweaty (and smelly) feet.
Soaking your feet in (yes!) regular tea (which contains the astringent tannic acid) daily can be helpful (though it may “stain” your feet). Wiping you feet, toes and webs with rubbing alcohol a couple times daily (or at least before going to bed) may be helpful too; allow it to dry thoroughly. In addition to a towel, consider drying your feet carefully with a hair drier (with heat off in summer and, if safe, on in winter).
For a severe sweating problem and cracking between the toes, place a wick of gauze in each of the web spaces, extending onto the top and bottom of the feet. These can be cut from a cotton gauze pad or from a roll of soft-woven gauze.
Rx: If simpler methods are insufficient, using prescription strength antiperspirants (NOT deordorants!) may be needed. DrySol® or Xerac-AC® is applied nightly to DRY/dried feet(above) and washed off in the morning several times each week. These strong preparations work so well that professional guidance is advised. If your own efforts don’t seem to be working, then call us and come in to see me! We will do our best to help you achieve a better level of foot health. We look forward to serving you, your family and friends for this and other foot and ankle concerns.
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September 6th, 2011Site News
Becoming Comfortable Enough to Talk About My Hyperhidrosis
By Maria Thomas Mickiewicz
Validation was the catalyst for me to start being more open with people about my condition. While my closest friends and family members already know about it, to be able to share my life with others on a larger scale like this occurred after I attended a medical event on hyperhidrosis back in April and received my Botox treatment. Like I mentioned, that entire day was complete validation for me. I didn’t feel any shame about my sweating, nor was I embarrassed or uncomfortable about standing there doing exactly what I was supposed to be doing: dripping. (I’ve since thought about referring to this as my super power. Look at me! I can make my own rain drops!) For the first time in my life, I felt like I had met my tribe. It was pure, unadulterated validation on the part of the all my fellow Hyperhidrosis sufferers and the physicians who administered the Botox. I conquered my fear of the needle injections, spoke openly with another attendee about how Hyperhidrosis affected me, and was allowed to bask in my personal sweating glory for the entire day. I was actually flattered when the physician who treated me said I definitely had THE BEST case of palmar hyperhidrosis he’d seen all day. In that room, with those people, one day my soul just opened up.
It’s hard to put into words exactly how I felt as I left that day. I felt like I could conquer the world, like there was hope for me, like I could finally stop living behind a curtain of daily activities avoided or somehow altered in an attempt to mask my sweating. I dared to believe that something inside me was superior to circumstance. Maya Angelou says, “Beauty and strength can be found in adversity.” But in order to find it, you must go through it. Yes, grace can be found amidst the pain and suffering, amidst the physical manifestation of the sweat and the emotional turmoil we experience because we were made to be a little more wet than most. Maya Angelou also says, “We are more alike than we are unalike.” I think as a sweater, I am better able to relate to people and be more conscientious of how I treat them and what I might say to them. In a strange way, this sweating problem I have makes me more of who I was created to be. For the most part, yes, it’s physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and professionally debilitating, but it is who I am. Everyone has a story, and this is mine. Because I am who I am, I feel that I can better understand others and relate to adversities they might be experiencing and bridge the gap to validate them and their experiences. Everyone has situations in which they might feel debilitated in the ways I’ve mentioned above. As much as I hate having HH, I also wonder what I’d be like without it. And don’t get me wrong. I am still actively pursuing different treatments to treat my condition, but it is not the be-all and end-all for me if nothing ends up working.
As a result of my experience at the Hyperhidrosis event, I have launched this blog to raise awareness and now several writing opportunities have come my way. I am moving forward and embracing them even if they might take me out of my comfort zone. And people with HH definitely have a comfort zone in place! I’m doing some freelance writing for my church as well as an organization called Time Out for Women, I’ve been selected to be a book reviewer and will have my own book blog on Book Trib, and I have the absolute honor of writing an article and guest blogs for various Hyperhidrosis websites and newsletters, all on a voluntary basis. I have aligned myself with my intention, and that is authentic power.
If you have Hyperhidrosis, or know someone who does, embrace it. Yes, it affects our lives in ways we don’t like, but if we can live freely with it and realize there are treatment options and hope, we can create positive change. So be ready for a revolution. Your revolution.
1. From the book One Day My Soul Just Opened Up by Iyanla Vanzant
Maria Thomas Mickiewicz’s weblog is growing fast and well worth a visit. You can find it by clicking HERE
Tags: botox, comfortable, disease, embarrassing, excessive sweating, help, medical, products, skin, treatment, validation
We think you’re an inspiration Maria, never mind Maya Angelou! She’s one of Anne’s and my favourite authors and her quotes are some of the wisest and most wonderful I’ve ever heard.
Everyone related to VSB are also volunteers, including myself and Anne and you’re so right, it does help you feel validation, as though you’re kicking the butt of this miserable disease and making other people feel happier through sharing your sweat and tears.
We thank you enormously for your fabulous guest blog and we would be honoured to host your work any time!
Beverly and Anne x
September 4th, 2011Site News
I’m going to give it a go. I’ve been meaning to do it for some time (my doctor thinks I may have Coeliac/Celiac’s disease) but I’ve had so much on that I’ve not had the time to research going gluten free, nor have I had the energy to do anything about making anything more than toast or cereal, thanks to the Fibromyalgia/Polymyalgia/Adenomyosis. Hopefully now it’s starting to cool down a bit I will have a little more impetus.
Today I found a blog, I wasn’t doing anything but doing something I’ve not had time to do for ages – having half an hour’s pure unadulterated surfing, carefree and following interesting looking links! I came across something that has summed up a huge part of the internet over the last five years. I call it the dark-side of the net – it’s people who have such sad little lives that they feel they have the God-given right to issue death threats, speak abusively about the subject’s life, appearance and even their children. Sick individuals who, for some reason, feel so consumed by their hatred that there’s nothing they wouldn’t say. I almost wept when I read one such comment – “I hope a paedophile gets your child”. I know, it’s unbelievable and unforgivable. All that on one woman’s blog and recipe site about being gluten free.
I’m really glad I found the blog, I’m now going to take my doctors orders and see if I can’t help my hyperhidrosis – and my general health – by going gluten free. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that rethinking your diet will help your sweating, you only have to google “hyperhidrosis gluten” to find link after link after link.
Many thanks to Shauna James Ahern for many things – her outlook on life, her dedication to her gluten-free way of life, her blog and recipes – and most of all, to her unhinged ‘haters’ whom without, I would never have found this lovely lady or the momentum to sort out my diet.
Now, who’s up for going gluten free? See if we can’t kick Hyperhidrosis’ butt together?Tags: anxiety, diet, disease, embarrassing, excessive sweating, gluten, gluten free, hyperhidrosis, skin, stress, support, thank you, thanks
September 3rd, 2011Site News
As you know, school is back in swing for many children, with some just finishing their Summer break shortly. Many of our younger members are in a silent panic over this and how their HH will continue to control them during school hours. As a parent of 3 (one step daughter) 2 of my children both have HH. I am lucky that I am educated in this field and can show them how to cope and disguise their HH.
We often oversee how they are coping emotionally and physically. This is so important to address with your teen, child and young adult. They may seem OK on the outside but I know from experience and life suffering as a teen in the 80′s when HH was unheard of, it is hard to handle and with all that goes on in our daily life’s they are probably suffering in silence. Children and teens can be so cruel. I faced this a lot and was called Sweaty Betty.
If your child, teen, young adult has been diagnosed with HH or is showing signs of excessive sweating I encourage you to talk about this often and get in touch with their inner beings, how they feel, if they show signs of depression. We all suffer from this from time to time with living with HH, it emotionally drains us and the physical side of it also.
Your child, teen or young adult may feel different or even a freak! I know I did and know many others who feel the same way. Make sure they are not hiding away in their room dwelling on this…We have the tools and great people who can help you and your child.
We know which products work, can help with clothing and have many Hyperhidrosis product manufacturing companies (all of whom all suffer personally) who can give them advice on using their products effectively and many forum members who can help with hints and tricks on living with HH.
We encourage everyone to they find a good Dermatologist that knows about HH and can help them with treatment. If you are not able to do this, there are some fantastic products on the market now that really work and treat HH. We also have discount rates on some products, thanks to some very kind product manufacturers and companies.
Here at VSB we offer a safe place and friendly forum for your child, teen or young adult to get together and chat among themselves with great monitors who are teen sufferers themselves, (AmyLouise, Hannah, Milly), The adult administration are Beverly, Sally, Lisa, Kimberley and myself. We monitor who joins and what is posted. We also have a counselor, hyperhidrosis nurse, dermatologist who specialises in hyperhidrosis all on hand to help answer your questions.
We pride ourselves on this free facility and have reached our dreams as the world’s largest online (and probably offline!) privately owned Hyperhidrosis Support website. We are – and always will be – unpaid volunteers. Some things are far more important than money. Raising awareness while helping people come to terms with – and take control of their sweating – is exactly what we are all about. Thankfully, we have some fabulous sponsors who enable us to keep this website up and running and funding all sorts of projects to bring awareness of this miserable disease.
I went though many years of not being understood and hiding away under layers of clothing and battling this alone, I feel into depression and sunk inside. Please don’t let this happen to your child, we are just a click away, our Facebook page, either search for /betty.sweaty or click HERE) is active daily. We encourage parents to talk to each other for mutual support and discuss how your child is coping. We are also on Twitter @verysweatybetty and YouTube (/verysweatybetty) where we have our two tv documentaries (one in the UK for Channel 4, the other in the US for TLC channel) and even a couple of videos from one of our lovely members (Alan) who uses iontophoresis to successfully treat his hands. Alan is a multi-talented street magician and uses his hands all the time.
You have all the tools you need right here at VSB, WE are here for advice, support and most importantly friendship with others who all suffer from Hyperhidrosis.
Anne xTags: antiperspirant, child, children, cruel, cry, disease, down, embarrassing, emotionally, excessive sweating, freak, help, hyperhidrosis, physical, products, school, skin, suffer in silence, support, sweating, sweaty, tease, teenagers, vsb
September 3rd, 2011Site News
Back in June we were very kindly given a number of Perspirex antiperspirants to give away in a free prize draw. Blog link
How many of you have tried Persirex? It’s really simple to use and works for a great many people. Here’s some more information about it.
- With a unique, patented, refined formulation, Perspirex demonstrates 65% sweat reduction for 3-5 days, offering the best protection on the market from excessive sweat and odour. Perspirex means an end to uncomfortable sweating and embarrassing sweat patches. Simple touse, one application will work for up to 3-5 days. The perfume-free, non-staining formulation is gentler on the skin than other aluminum chloride-based anti-perspirants.
- How do I use Perspirex? Apply at night, when sweat glands are least active, before going to bed to completely dry, unbroken skin and allow to dry before dressing. Wash as normal in the morning, there is no need to reapply. One application will keep you protected for 3-5 days, so you only need to apply 2-3 times a week.
- How does Perspirex work? Perspirex reacts with water in the sweat glands to form a keratin plug to seal the gland, temporarily causing it to go dormant so you simply sweat significantly less. The process is completely safe and the plug will naturally dispel with the natural shedding of your skin. The refined formulation minimises irritation, suitable for even the most delicate skin.
- Why should I trust Perspirex? Perspirex is highly effective thanks to its alcohol-based, aluminum chloride and lactate solution.
- Where can I find Perspirex? Perspirex (25ml) is normally priced at £7.69 and available from Boots, Superdrug, leading supermarkets and chemists nationwide. For more information and stockists visit www.perspirex.co.uk.Tags: antiperspirant, axillar, embarrassing, excessive sweat, excessive sweating, hyperhidrosis, perspirex, products, skin
July 25th, 2011Site News
As it’s Monday, we thought we’d bring you something to smile about, another free giveaway!
This time it’s for Klima’s signature product, their hugely popular underarm antiperspirant spray. We have TEN to give away free. This is only for USA residents this time. Please see the end of this blog for how to enter this giveaway. Don’t worry, it will only take a few seconds!
Known Worldwide as a leader in this industry, Klima Health Solutions supplies the most efficient antiperspirants and deodorants for the treatment and prevention of extreme sweating. Klima Health Solutions also offer a range of clinical-strengh products, designed to combat other skin, hair and body conditions. You may have heard about our products from your Dermatologist, Podiatrist, Pharmacist or Salon. From underarm odor to scalp odor, acne to keratosis, you can trust Klima Health Solutions for top of the line skin, hair and body products.
With thousands of testimonials from doctors, dermatology clinics and podiatrists from all over the World, Klima Health comes highly recommended. Many of our customers tell us that before they tried Klima, they had given up hope.
“I just have to send this to express my gratitude. Your products and company are great. You guys are really on top of things. I have had problems with sweating under my arms since I was about 10. I am 26 now and the problem has been resolved. I think I am still in disbelief! These products really work! The people that make them and send them – hats off to you.” – Lisa
“I wanted to let you know that I received my package last week, and I have been using the products as directed since. I can already see much improvement, which is amazing to me since I sincerely have tried everything else available short of Botox and surgery. You are literally changing my life for the better, and I could never thank you enough for this.” – Camila
“Thank you so much for making these awesome antiperspirants! I used to use Drysol and before that, Certain Dri, but neither worked even half as well as Klima!” – Robert
If you’d like to read more testimonials, there’s plenty here
Klima also have their own YouTube channel with customer video testimonials
Very Sweaty Betty also has a channel and you’ll see Anne’s tv documentaries here
Below is Klima’s most recent commercial and it’s well worth a watch!
Rules of entry:
1. Send an email to email@example.com and enter ‘Klima giveaway’ in the subject line.
2. You must include your VerySweatyBetty forum name in the body of the email.
3. You can enter as many times as you like but you can’t win more than once!
4. This giveaway is valid until August 15th.
5. Successful applicants will be chosen at random and notified accordingly.
6. Please be aware this particular promotional giveaway is only valid if you live in the USA.
That’s it – good luck everyone!
We have a new giveaway later this week so please check back! It’s open to everyone, no matter where you live.Tags: antiperspirant, axillar, excessive sweating, free, free giveaway, help, hyperhidrosis, klima, products, skin, treatment