Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beware, Hyperhidrosis Shysters!

Watch out for scam artists trying to take
advantage of people with hyperhidrosis!
Image courtesy of Ninja M.,
There is nothing wrong with being shy. Shy people are among the smartest, most clever people I know. A 'shyster', however, is a different creature. A shyster is a disreputable person who is trying to sell something under false pretenses. There are shysters who try to post comments to this blog only to generate sales for their shady products, or to promote ETS surgery as a first resort. I know who you are. You can't fool me, and I am not going to post your comments. I'm not even going to identify who you are because then you'll just get more links. I am sick and tired of people trying to scam people with hyperhidrosis out of their money. I make enough money on my own, and I don't need to make money from this blog. The reason I am writing it is because it is part of my own healing process. My teenage years were hell because of my sweaty palms and feet, and by sharing my experience and connecting others with resources, I hope I am being helpful to teens who are in my same wet shoes.

A reader earlier commented negatively about the International Hyperhidrosis Society, alleging that the organization has been putting out false information. I have no personal connection with this organization, and no reason to profit from their success. I do think that they offer valuable resources and that teenagers should visit the Teen Sweat 101 website. Surgery is recommended only after all other treatments have failed. To be fair, I do think the International Hyperhidrosis Society needs to push doctors and medical insurance companies to make iontophoresis more widely available. (Many doctors offer only Botox treatment because it is more profitable.)

I really don't have much time to blog these days, and I'm sorry for the delay in responding to non-shysters who have reached out to me.


Charmaine said...

I am also a blogger for Hyperhidrosis. I was just on a HH chat forum talking about this very subject. I will be writing an article shortly about the bottom-feeders who try to give people like us false hope AND take their money. For the record, I had ETS but I do believe in telling people what their very real risks are. My site is but you don't need to post this; I do often post comments to get traffic, but this particular subject hits a nerve and I just wanted to respond to you.

Tiara said...

Thanks Charmaine. Your website,, is great! I've only begun to look at it, but I am very impressed and moved.

I have no problem with bloggers posting comments to get traffic--it is the people peddling shoddy products or promoting surgery as a first resort who bother me. I am not against surgery, and I'm glad it worked for you -- but there are, as you said, very real risks. My HH is moderate (or maybe even mild now because of my therapy, nutrition and stress reduction practices) so I'm not sure if surgery is worth the risk for me.

Charmaine said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Tiara! Please feel free to also post a comment on my site as well if you would like. We are all in this together-- at least we should be! So glad your Hyperhidrosis has improved. If you feel your regimen could benefit my visitors, you are welcome to do a guest post about it. Let me know...
PS Glad to see you back posting; didn't you take a little time off?