Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month: November 2020

Thank you for helping us honor and spread the word about Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month 2020! Your participation in Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month is vital because, together, we can amplify the message that excessive, uncontrollable sweating is a serious medical condition warranting serious attention. Let's make sure that everyone knows that there is hope, community, support and treatment available.

Get started by sharing key facts about hyperhidrosis to get the conversation going:

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating or Hh):

  • Affects 4.8% of the population and 8.8% of people aged 18-39 years. [1]
  • Is more common than autism [2], melanoma [3], psoriasis [4] and peanut allergies. [5]

And:

  • 55% of hyperhidrosis sufferers say their condition started at or before the age of 10 years. [6]
  • Most hyperhidrosis sufferers avoid public view, handshakes and other forms of touch. [7]
  • Anxiety, depression [8] and attention deficit disorder [9] are much more common among hyperhidrosis sufferers. So are skin infections. [10]
  • And, importantly, there are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary Hh and secondary Hh. Knowing the difference is vital to sufferers' health and treatment journey.

Unfortunately, 95% of hyperhidrosis sufferers say their Hh is not resolved. [6]

Whether it's children at play, in sports, music, or art; teens struggling to feel accepted and self-actualize; or adults at work and in relationships -- the hurdles (physical, functional, social, and emotional) presented by hyperhidrosis are difficult or impossible to surmount without understanding from the medical community and communities at large.

Thank you for joining us this November to help make hyperhidrosis awareness a priority and to improve knowledge of this impactful condition in your network and community. To help, the International Hyperhidrosis Society has created educational (as well as inspirational) content around Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month that your organization can easily share on your channels.

Awesome Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month Amplifiers (YOU!)

We have an amazing group helping with Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month this year. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, families and Dermira's sponsorship we were able to gather the following organizations to support and share Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month messages. Each of you has the ability to reach thousands and make a difference in the lives of many, many more. We are warmly and forever grateful to you. Let's make it an amazing month!

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International Hyperhidrosis Society: Calendar of Events

Wed. Oct. 21

Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month Preview: Spotlight on Medical Office Outreach and Education ToolKits: An introduction to our 2020 campaign for both the general public and medical providers, some of whom can expect a special hyperhidrosis awareness and care Kit delivered from us directly to 550 of the most active practice locations.

Channels: Social Media, eBlast to Subscribers

Tues. Oct. 27

Breast Cancer Awareness Month + Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month Co-Care: Members of our staff are #BreastCancer survivors & warriors. We remind our sweaty sisters (& brothers) NOT to let excessive sweating get in the way of essential screenings like mammograms. Before #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth passes us by, let's promise ourselves & our loved ones to schedule the breast screening appts our healthcare providers recommend & dripping sweat won't stop us.
 

Channels: Social Media, eBlast to Subscribers

Mon. Nov. 2

Stress Sweat Blog: Providing of-the-moment information about what makes stress-related sweating different (the nose knows!) and how to deal with it. This has broad relevance to both non-Hh sufferers and sufferers, alike.

Channels: Social Media, SweatHelp Blog, eBlast to Subscribers

Tues. Nov. 10

Find A Hyperhidrosis-Savvy Care Provider: Announcing the redux and substantial evolution of IHhS healthcare provider database and search tool. Major expansion and functionality overhaul makes it easier to find physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are ready and able to provide care for excessive sweating. This announcement will also encourage Hh-aware practitioners to register with the database if they have not already. 2020 is the Year of the Nurse. The IHhS honors and reflects the global recognition they deserve.

Channels: Social Media, eBlast to Subscribers 

Tues. Nov. 17

The Intersection of Sweat Management and Money Management: Providing practical and up-to-the-minute information about how to use Flexible Spending Accounts and Medical Savings Accounts, in conjunction with a Letter of Medical Necessity, to make both Rx and OTC sweat-care more affordable (thanks, in part, to an important aspect of the CARES Act).

Channels: Social Media, SweatHelp Blog, eBlast to Subscribers

Tues. Nov. 24

The Quiet Strength Within: Know Sweat Podcasts New Episode Release, Hyperhidrosis HaikuPresenting a new listen for the Hh community, and beyond, this podcast provides unique perspectives on the hyperhidrosis experience shared through the direct, intense poetry of haiku. Contributors range from excessive sweating sufferers to world-renowned clinicians and researchers. Healing, inspiring, brave are some of the words used to describe this unique episode.

Channels: Social Media, eBlast to Subscribers, Know Sweat Podcasts

Tues. Dec. 1

Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month Highlights, Appreciation, and a Giving Tuesday Reminder:  In a year when so many are under strain, we will use this eBlast to share gratitude for the gifts our community continues to give as well as to summarize the achievements of our November 2020.

Channels: Social Media, eBlast to Subscribers

Ideas for Your Community Communications

We encourage you to begin your outreach to your audience at the launch of Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month on Friday October 30th or Monday November 2nd.

We hope you’ll watch the International Hyperhidrosis Society on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and then share our posts -- adding your own twist whenever you see fit.

We will, of course, be watching your feeds as well and will be excited to amplify your hyperhidrosis-related messages, too. You can help make this easy by using our handles and tags:

As you think about messages that will resonate with your followers, consider including links to our:

A general link to our content-rich website may also be helpful: www.SweatHelp.org

Sample Social Media Posts: Twitter, Instagram

Post 1

What’s it like to live w/ excessive, uncontrollable sweating? #Hyperhidrosis (Hh) Awarenesss Month is here to help people better understand this medical condition that impacts 365 million people worldwide. Get to #KnowSweat during #HhAwarenessMonth with the International Hyperhidrosis Society @WeKnowSweat

Post 2

Ground-breaking podcasts, articles & more shed light on the lives of those living with excessive, uncontrollable sweating. Join the International #Hyperhidrosis Society & #KnowSweat throughout November’s #HhAwarenessMonth @WeKnowSweat

Post 3

[Insert your organization’s name] is proudly honoring #Hyperhidrosis (Hh) Awareness Month. Throughout November's #HhAwarenessMonth let's learn, listen & share alongside the International Hyperhidrosis Society as we work to raise awareness of excessive, uncontrollable sweating @WeKnowSweat

Post 4

#KnowSweat2020: November marks Hyperhidrosis (excessive, uncontrollable sweating) Awareness Month & [insert your organization’s name] is calling on you to spread the knowledge of this impactful condition. Learn why the Hh experience is worth recognizing & understanding @WeKnowSweat

Post 5

Excessive sweating affects 4.8% of the population, but only 1 in 4 #hyperhidrosis (Hh) sufferers is ever diagnosed. This November we’ve come together with the International Hyperhidrosis Society for #HhAwarenessMonth. Participate: SweatHelp.org @WeKnowSweat

Tag @WeKnowSweat

Hashtags Include:

#HyperhidrosisAwarenessMonth
#KnowSweat2020
#KnowSweat

Sample Social Media Posts: LinkedIn

LinkedIn 1

Wondering what it is like to live with excessive, uncontrollable sweating? This rarely-talked-about medical condition of extreme, uncontrollable sweating is called #hyperhidrosis (Hh) and it impacts 4.8% of the global population.

The @International-Hyperhidrosis-Society is on a mission to get this condition out in the open and is sharing important information for November’s #HhAwarenessMonth. Visit SweatHelp.org to lean-in. #KnowSweat2020

LinkedIn 2

365 million people live with excessive, uncontrollable sweating, or #Hyperhidrosis (Hh). Did you know Hh is more common than autism, melanoma, psoriasis and peanut allergies? Yet, 95% of Hh sufferers say their sweating is not resolved.

In honor of #HhAwarenessMonth, we're helping the @International-Hyperhidrosis-Society to spread awareness of and knowledge about Hh and its impact.

Get to #KnowSweat throughout November at SweatHelp.org. #KnowSweat2020

LinkedIn 3

Ground-breaking podcasts, original articles and comprehensive educational information shed light on the lives of those living with excessive, uncontrollable sweating, otherwise known as #hyperhidrosis (Hh).

Clinicians, coaches, teachers and parents alike: Join the @International-Hyperhidrosis-Society as we team up to build knowledge of excessive, uncontrollable sweating during November’s #HhAwarenessMonth.

Full details on SweatHelp.org. #KnowSweat2020

Tag @International-Hyperhidrosis-Society

Hashtags Include:

#HyperhidrosisAwarenessMonth
#KnowSweat2020
#KnowSweat

Sample Social Media Posts: Facebook

Facebook 1

The rarely-talked-about medical condition of extreme, uncontrollable sweating is called #hyperhidrosis (Hh) and it impacts 4.8% of the global population, yet 95% of Hh sufferers say their sweating is not resolved.

[Insert organization name here] has teamed up with @SweatingStopsHere for November’s #HhAwarenessMonth to help spread knowledge about excessive sweating.

Visit SweatHelp.org to learn why you should #KnowSweat this November. #KnowSweat2020

Facebook 2

365 million people live with excessive, uncontrollable sweating, or #hyperhidrosis (Hh). Did you know Hh is more common than autism, melanoma, psoriasis and peanut allergies?

In honor of Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month, get to #KnowSweat with @SweatingStopsHere.

Details on SweatHelp.org #HhAwarenessMonth.  #KnowSweat2020

Facebook 3

#KnowSweat2020: November marks Hyperhidrosis (excessive, uncontrollable sweating) Awareness Month & [insert your organization’s name] is calling on you to spread the knowledge of this impactful condition alongside @SweatingStopsHere.

Clinicians and parents, teachers and coaches: Visit SweatHelp.org to learn why the Hh story is one worth telling and share with someone today. #HhAwarenessMonth

Tag @SweatingStopsHere

Hashtags Include:

#HyperhidrosisAwarenessMonth
#KnowSweat2020
#KnowSweat


 

References

1. Doolittle J, Walker P, Mills T, et al. Hyperhidrosis: an update on prevalence and severity in the United States. Arch Dermatol Res doi: 10.1007/s00403-016-1697-9. Published online October 15, 2016.
2. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Data & Statistics. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html. Feb. 12, 2018. Accessed April 19, 2018.
3. Key statistics for melanoma skin cancer. American Cancer Society website. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/ melanoma-skin-cancer/about/key-statistics.html. Jan. 4, 2018. Accessed April 18, 2018.
4. How common is psoriasis worldwide? NEJM Journal Watch website. https://www.jwatch.org/ jd201211090000002/2012/11/09/how-common-psoriasis-worldwide. Nov. 9, 2012. Accessed April 18, 2018.
5. Food allergy facts and statistics. Food Allergy Research & Education website. https://www.foodallergy.org/ sites/default/files/migrated-files/file/facts-stats.pdf. Accessed April 18, 2018.
6. Hebert AA, Glaser DA, Ballard AM, Pieretti LJ, Pariser DM. Voice of the hyperhidrosis patient: symptoms, impacts and treatments. Insights from large, open, FDA-attended meeting. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology; March 1-5, 2019; Washington, DC.
7. Kamudoni P, Mueller B, Halford J, Schouveller A, Stacey B, Salek MS. The impact of hyperhidrosis on patients' daily life and quality of life: a qualitative investigation. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. 2017 15:121.
8. Bahar R, Zhou P, Liu Y, Huang Y, Phillips A, Lee T, et al. The prevalence of anxiety and depression in patients with or without hyperhidrosis. J Am Acad Dermatol 75:6 (2016): 1126-1133
9. Glaser EN, Armbrecht ES, King R, Glaser DA. Prevalence of anxiety, depression and attention deficit disorder (ADD) in patients with primary hyperhidrosis. Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology; March 1-5, 2019; Washington, DC.
10. Walling HW. Primary hyperhidrosis increases the risk of cutaneous infection: a case-control study of 387 patients. J Am Acad Dermatol doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2009.02.038