Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is an embarrassing condition that affects millions of Americans. Although it's not medically dangerous, hyperhidrosis can seriously interfere with work, love, and play.
Most people with hyperhidrosis have never seen a doctor about their condition. That's unfortunate, because effective treatments are available.
For Crystal Barry, excessive sweating wasn't just a nuisance. It shaped her daily activities, even her personality.
Barry, 24, a student from St. Louis, avoided team sports and crowded events. She never wore tank tops or sheer fabrics and often had to bring extra shirts to school after her first shirt was soaked through with sweat. She shied away from social situations, especially ones involving the opposite sex. "I don't like to be around people if I stink," she tells WebMD. "I get real quiet."