Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis

It’s no secret; I sweat. A lot. As you may have read before, I have a condition called Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis. Am I embarrassed?…hell no! You don’t start a company that’s dedicated to providing solutions for sweat if you’re not the sweatiest chick in the room, right? What credibility would I have then?

As soon as you hear the term “idiopathic hyperhidrosis” you’re automatically thinking…”What is that?” and “Ugh, sounds awful!” I’ll be the first to admit, yes, sometimes I have my moments of frustration. For example, say I 2 really want to buy this beautiful, one-of-a-kind, light blue top, but can’t because I know that I’ll pit through it instantly. Or how about meeting your gorgeous lawyer for the first time, and he reaches to shake your hand, and BOOM! He’s instantly turned off as he feels the puddle that was just produced in your palm. Sexy, right?

You’d think that I was running around like this guy, Philip the Hyper Hypo from SNL, if you see me leaving the gym or chasing one of the kiddos that I work with: looking like I just walked out of the shower or with one of my favorite inappropriate sweaty terms “swamp ass”. For all you 90’s SNL viewers out there, you may know of a laughable reminder of who I’m talking about!

Most days, being sweaty doesn’t really bother me; sweating is the body’s most natural way of releasing all those yucky toxins that we don’t use anyway, right? But most nights, on the other hand, really do bother me. Tossing and turning in my sweat-soaked shirt, lifting and fanning the covers to let my legs breathe, and then finally getting up and laying on my cold wooden floors to get an instant cool-down in hopes that I will be able to fall back asleep at a normal temperature. Yep, that really happens. ?

The condition I keep referring to is called idiopathic hyperhidrosis, and in the medical world, it means that you sweat excessively for no known medical cause. I do not take any medicines that induce night sweats, I am not diabetic, I am not fighting cancer, I hope that I’m not going through menopause yet (Lord help us!), moreover, I simply just sweat…a lot. BTW…all you menopause sufferers out there: check out www.vibrantnation.com to commiserate with other women of wisdom experiencing the same things. Great resource!

As you know, a little over 3 years ago, I was finally fed up with what I was enduring on a nightly basis; I simply couldn’t take night sweats anymore. And thus you have Wicked Sheets. Starting this company gives a whole new meaning to the saying, “I put my blood, sweat, and tears into this thing!” And I’m thankful each and every day I wake up in those silky, DRY, life-changing (in more ways than one) sheets.

The more I’ve been researching about night sweats and idiopathic hyperhidrosis, the more I’m finding out that there are all kinds of people out there just like me; learning to embrace sweaty palms and pitted-out shirts, and trying to find and provide alternative solutions to day and night sweats. I am really enjoying this one guy’s site: www.bye-bye-excessive-sweating.com. Humorous, informative, and empathetic!

So do me a favor…if you or someone you know is suffering from hyperhidrosis and/or night sweats, send them my way. Whether as a resource or someone who so desperately wants to help other out there just like me, I’m happy to provide what information I can about night sweats, Wicked Sheets, or just lend an ear. Email me at alli@wickedsheets.com anytime.

Stay tuned, but until then…Sleep wicked!

For more information about Idiopathic Hyperhidrosis, go to www.sweathelp.org. Great ladies, running a great site!