Hi, I'm Yani and this is my hyperhidrosis story.
Hyperhidrosis? What's that?
Funny thing is, I probably wouldn't even know to call this condition “hyperhidrosis” if it wasn't for the Internet. Without that, I would probably spend many, many years living in absolute ignorance about why I am sweating.
This way, as it turned out, a year ago it finally crossed my mind to look into more information about excessive sweat. You see, I had actually been worried that I have some strange, serious illness… It never occurred to me that sweating can be more than just a symptom of something else.
That's how I first heard of hyperhidrosis, and I sort of self-diagnosed myself with it. It was a relief, of course, to conclude that my health is not endangered, but it was also bad to discover that I suffer from something that doesn't have a simple cure (yet!)
So I'm doomed to sweat like this forever?! Now what?
My first steps were to investigate possible solutions. Unlike some of the other members of this website, I sort of skipped the whole antiperspirants phase. This is probably because I don't have a problem with sweaty underarms – instead, my main issue is with sweaty feet, and occasionally, sweaty hands.
When I thought it all through, it seemed to me that my best two options are medication or iontophoresis. I finally went to talk to a real physician, and she recommended iontophoresis, but was reluctant to give me a prescription, because apparently my excessive sweating is not severe enough.
Gotta love technology!
When my iontophoresis device arrived, at first it proved to be a little more complicated than I expected. It took me about three weeks of fiddling with the settings to get things right, but I must say that pulsed current totally exceeded my expectations – the iontophoresis treatment itself is perfectly pleasant for me. I don't feel a thing – and during iontophoresis, this is definitely a good thing, if you ask me.
The skin sensitivity I read about prior to buying a machine turned out to be a non-issue with me. I do use a hand cream now and then – just as a precaution – but everything remains fine.
Aaand here I am!
Iontophoresis also helped me discover this website, since I was looking for iontophoresis device reviews and stumbled upon it, but I was reluctant to fully join earlier. I am still too busy to post a lot, but I'll be around, lurking, so feel free to send me a message or leave a comment!