Bringing Advocacy, Action and a Brighter Future
For Immediate Release – Dec. 5, 2017
(Charleston, S.C.) — November 1, 2017 launched the inaugural Hyperhidrosis (Hh) Awareness Month!
Why? Because the more people who know about Hh (excessive sweating), the sooner there will be a cure.
Hyperhidrosis is NOT a cosmetic problem, a weather-related problem, a hormone problem, an anxiety problem, a weight problem, an exercise problem, a drug problem, or a personality problem…
It’s a common, medical, serious, life-damaging, under-recognized and under-cared-for problem, and the International Hyperhidrosis Society wants everyone to know it.
Those who followed the International Hyperhidrosis Society on Facebook and Twitter during the entire month of November had access to give-aways, to learn useful Hh life hacks, and to help raise awareness about how life-altering and under-treated excessive sweating can be.
Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month helped to:
- Raise awareness about how common Hh actually is (nearly 5% of the population is affected and 17% of teenagers!)
- Celebrate the resilience of those living with Hh
- Share tips, support and hope
- Advocate for new, effective treatments
Hyperhidrosis is often isolating. But it doesn’t have to be. Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month helped people with hyperhidrosis find more support and share their stories so that excessive sweating can be taken seriously and given the research and treatment development it deserves.
And on November 13, 2017, the International Hyperhidrosis Society hosted an important Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting – giving individuals with hyperhidrosis a unique and powerful platform to share perspectives on the impacts of Hh and the treatments that are needed. People concerned about hyperhidrosis were able to attend in person or to be among 300 live webcast PFDD attendees. And until Jan. 13, 2018, anyone can make their voices heard during the open comment period. Visit this page for more information.
Representatives from the FDA and key treatment developers attended the PFDD and the commenting period will lead to public reports for future FDA and drug-developer awareness building, advocacy, and research.
Spread the word. #ActionForACure. #kNOSweat
IHhS is grateful for the generous contributions from Dermira, and private individuals who made Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month possible.
Press Contact: Angela Ballard, RN, International Hyperhidrosis Society, AngelaRN@SweatHelp.org
About the International Hyperhidrosis Society: Founded in 2003 by an elite team of world-respected physicians in hyperhidrosis research and treatment, the International Hyperhidrosis Society is the only independent, non-profit, global organization that strives to improve quality of life for those affected by excessive sweating. Its mission is to reduce the symptoms, anxiety, and social stigma associated with excessive sweating by improving the information, support and treatment available to the millions of children, teens and adults affected by hyperhidrosis worldwide. Learn more at www.SweatHelp.org.