Sweating is one of those facts of life that most of us don’t like to talk about. However, for some people, like Amanda Brummels, excessive sweating can prevent them from living a normal life. For most of Brummels’ adult life, her sweating was so excessive that she had to bring multiple changes of clothes with her whenever she left her home. It started in junior high school. Between classes, she would run to the restroom to change tops. Classmates made fun of her. She began to plan her wardrobe around clothes that revealed less sweat – tank tops, black tops and sweatshirts. It was embarrassing and humiliating, she recalls.
Brummels tried sports but eventually quit all but one because she couldn’t keep up with the excessive sweating and constant uniform changes. She gradually withdrew from social activities or any outings that might take more than an hour or two. Her sweating created massive social anxiety.