United States

 

The United States is largely regarded as the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation. The country continues to play a dominant role in the world’s cultural landscape, and is famous for its wide array of popular tourist destinations, ranging from the skyscrapers of Manhattan and Chicago to the natural wonders of Yellowstone to the warm, sunny beaches of Florida, Hawaii and Southern California.

Talk

Almost all Americans speak English. They generally use a standard accent (native to the Midwest), popularized in the 20th century by radio, TV and movies. In many areas, especially the South and Texas, in New England, in New York City, and in the upper Midwest, you’ll find distinctive regional accents and dialects. Nowhere should this pose any problem to a visitor, as Americans often admire foreign accents and most will approximate the standard accent to help you understand them, or try to speak your language if they can. Even so, visitors are generally expected to speak and understand English. Many Americans are familiar with Spanish, or French, but few are fluent in languages other than English, unless they are from immigrant communities. Even popular tourist sites may have signs only in English, or perhaps one or two other languages.

(source: Wikitravel)

 

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  1. April 12, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Name: Kerri
    Comment: I suffer from hyperhidrosis in the armpits and I hate it, it is very embarrassing, I can only wear black shirts or tank tops no one understands how awful it truly is unless you have it yourself…
    Country/Location: United states

    to Kerri:

    we know how u feel because we also sweat at lot. this condition is so complex with regards to severity and body location. HH individuals try to seek remedy to control this and try to adapt to the stress brought by this condition. you are indeed not alone. most non-HH individuals are not aware of this condition, but others do.

    nevertheless, we have to look at the positive side. i am sure there are HH fellows around your area. get in touch with them..

    KNOWELL

  2. April 12, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Name: Jeremy Harper
    Comment: Hi Knowell. In my search for enlightenment I have come across many a description of what it might be like. None so far have done as good a job as Eckhart Tolle. Please read his book called “The power of now”. I have smoked a whole lot of pot in my life because its the only thing that seems to help me stay in the moment without be completely invasive. Once I started reading this book I felt like I started to understand more about HH. Lots of people don’t want to believe they are doing it to themselves, this is the problem with this world. We keep passing the blame to something else causing us to believe we cannot fix it for ourselves. This is the BS! I am and will be proof that we can do it on our own. I will never get surgery or anything like that because that is not even touching the subject of fixing what is wrong. I wish you all the best in your struggle. Every time I read another blog about HH it feels like reading my own thoughts.
    Country/Location: United States

  3. April 12, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Name: Lisa Ramjattan
    Comment: Hello Knowell! Thank you for inviting me to become a member of your site. I appreciate the support as I have suffered from plantar, palmar, and axillar hyperhidrosis since 1978. I fought for 6 years with my health insurance to get the ETS surgery and finally “won” and received the surgery in 2002. They considered it as cosmetic procedure and as we know, it is health related that affects us emotionally and mentally. The surgery stopped the palmar sweating 98% (which is a true dream come true as I am sure you understand!) but unfortunately, I have compensatory sweating from the surgery incisions down. Honestly, I don’t care too much about that. I live in a very hot and humid state which makes the sweating more profuse but really, I can deal with it (through numerous clothing changes and constant washing) and I am still very content with virtually NO hand sweating. I am looking forward to any input and advice in regard to our shared condition. Thank you again. Lisa
    Country/Location: Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA

    to: Lisa
    i truly appreciate your reply. and i am happy to hear that you can now adapt to your condition. we all really want a relief to this condition and i am sure you have a sound advise to our fellow HH friends who also want such relief. i encourage you to please write this directly to my weblog in a page where you are specifically located. i am sure that they want to get in touch with you for advise and encouragement. at the same time there is a possibility that you can form your circle of HH friends.

    Let us always look for the positive aspects of life.

    KNOWELL

  4. Nelida
    April 14, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Hello, I have to say that when I began to have hiperhydrosis I didn’t mind. It wasn’t until I noticed that people noticed that it bothered me. I must have been 14 when it became noticable. I’ve always sweat a lot, but it was around that time that I would sweat even lying down. I guess that was kind of a hard time, high school was hell for me. I went to high school in Mexico, and with no AC and no where to hide I felt horrible those 3 years. There was a point in my life when I wanted to die. I didn’t feel like I could have a boyfriend, I couldn’t go out to parties because people and dancing only made it worse. I would wear a sweater in mid-summer heat, and I would miss class at least once a week. I would lock myself in my room, for days at times, because I didn’t even feel able to be with my family in my own house. They didn’t understand either.

    It really affected me when I began to work as well. Surrounded by so many people, the hand shake in the interview, the presentations. I guess if I would have been in the United States during that time, maybe it would have been better, because I’d have more ways of finding support, but maybe it would have been worse, because of the critizism.

    Either way, even with that, I was promoted to trainer, standing in front of a 20 people classroom, speaking for 7hrs straight a total of 21 days. And I’m proud of myself for not allowing hh to kill the shine in my personality.

    I guess I still need a lot of support at this time, and I’m still not okay with what I have. I don’t want to die anymore, and I’m looking forward to my life after my illness, because I’m hopeful that I’ll get to see that day. And with God’s help, I will be able to succeed in my life, regardless of my perspiration.

  5. April 14, 2011 at 11:27 am

    to Nelida:

    That’t the spirit. As i mentioned, let us look into our condition in a purposeful way. There must be some means to get relief and be accepted. I know there are lots of HH fellows in US alone. Tell us exactly where are u located and what words can you offer to gain HH friends..

    • Nelida
      April 14, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      I am currently in La Habra CA, and look forward to hearing from anyone in my county or even in my city, I’d be great. And once again, I really apreciate your support Knowell, and if you know the answer, do you know how much EST surgery is running now a days?

      • April 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

        to Nelida:

        pardon me but i will strongly discourage you to undergo ETS surgery. aside from being costly and less chance to be insurance-covered, there are large numbers of testimonies from previous ETS patients on its unbearable side effects, particularly the compensatory sweating.

        i do not want to offend those who undergone ETS nor want to leave a feeling of guilt for what they have done, and how more awful they feel now. my goal in promoting this weblog is to have encouragement despite of all adversaries, whatever decision had done.

        because of the severe debilitating effect of HH in our everyday life, it is very hard also to implement to our fellow HH friends to have a certain degree of acceptance about this condition. as i wrote to one HH forum, HH is a nervous system DISORDER while the anxiety related to HH is a psychological STATE. anxiety is a reaction to uncontrollable stressor. HH seems uncontrollable while anxiety has a chance to be controlled. taking stress management and inspirational course will surely alleviate our anxiety level.

        pls do not hesistate to reply..

  6. April 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Name: Kelly
    Comment: I have had hyperhidrosis for as long as i can remember. i have both primary and secondary hyperhydrosis meaning i sweat all over but the worst areas are my face, hands, feet, and underarms. I always remember being embaressed about it. Whether it was hot outside or snowing i was sweating. i stayed away from brightly colored clothing because i knew within 15 mins i would have sweat marks i couldn’t even hide with my arms. i couldn’t even wear sandals because without soaking up my feet sweat with socks i was embarrassed and it just felt uncomfortable. doing everyday activities like writing, driving, or coming into contact with any person was a hassle. i became so socially akward i wud cry because no one i knew had this disease and at the time neither did i so everyone including myself thought i was a freak. ive stayed away from exercise because i cannot stand the overly sweatiness, i couldnt even do push ups or lift weights. i refused to hold anyones hand and whenever i had to shake a hand for an award instead of being proud of myself i dreaded the contact of another person. in class id get so uncomfortable and hot and sweaty all i could think about was leaving and i couldnt concentrate and would do poorly on tests. not to mention being a teenager it didnt help my acne. i could go on about the problems but my list would last forever. antiperspirants didnt help and neither did hypercare a topical treatment. i called the american institute of hyperhydrosis and talked to a doctor who recommended a medication called robinul that i took 3 x a day. it worked great… until my insurance stopped covering it. now im back to the embarrassment but ive learned that this isnt my fault, and although i still get anxious and don’t like holding my boyfriends hand all the time i accept who i am. im looking into ETS hoping it will work and not worsen the sweating on my lower body. i want it… i need it to stop or i cannot live my life the way i want to. im willing to do anything. so to those of u out there like me you’re not alone.
    Country/Location: United States/Illinois

    to Kelly:

    i truly appreciate your writing and sympathize on what you are experiencing. remember that i have palmo-plantar HH and we are in the same boat. i insist you not to be in despair but please look at the positive side and view our condition in a purposeful way. a major thing that i will mention to you is avoid undergoing ETS surgery. i heard a lot of negative impact about this, that is why hesitated to take this action.

    i will re-post this message to the weblog where you are specifically located and please do reply so that i can see your response directly on the weblog (this one is diverted to my email) and get a chance to meet your fellow HH friends right there in Illinois.

    always remember, we are the sole attractor of our experience.. keep in touch.

    KNOWELL

  7. lisa grant
    April 28, 2011 at 2:22 am

    I have had some form of HH since grade school now as a young adult I guess you can say I havve chronic HH I sweat throughout most of the day. Some days are better than some though but the possibility that I could soak through the cloths I am wearing at anytime, cripples me. Its not that I am trying to find an excuse or reason as to why I feel so inadequate, the fact is that I do and HH had stunted be emotionally and socially. While there are obstacles that I have worked to overcome, there are still certain aspects of my life that are oppressing me. Honestly I would like just to learn how to accept myself and have others do the same. Although living with HH has caused me to very guarded and apprehensive there has been one quote that has brought me hope:
    Serenity Prayer
    God grant me the serenity
    to accept the things I cannot change;
    courage to change the things I can;
    and wisdom to know the difference.

    Living one day at a time;
    enjoying one moment at a time;
    accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
    taking, as He did, this sinful world
    as it is, not as I would have it;
    trusting that He will make all things right
    if I surrender to His Will;
    that I may be reasonably happy in this life
    and supremely happy with Him
    forever in the next.
    Amen.

    Read more: http://www.beliefnet.com/Prayers/Protestant/Addiction/Serenity-Prayer.aspx#ixzz1KmS0oRoo

    • April 28, 2011 at 6:26 am

      to lisa: many thanks for your contribution. being close with our Creator is a sure way to maintain peace despite our condition. it aligns us knowing that our value is not less and in fact precious along with the rest of humanity. acceptance is the right and best attitude. i will take this opportunity as an advise also that, we have to make a clear distinction about our HH and the anxiety associated with it.

      let us be reminded that the two are different and entirely separate. HH is a physical system DISORDER, anxiety is a psychological STATE. anxiety is considered to be a reaction to a stressor. that means anxiety is related to HH as a situation perceived as uncontrollable or unavoidable. anxiety is related to excessive sweating but not its origin or cause. sweating seems uncontrollable while anxiety has a chance to be controlled. by getting psychological assessment or taking stress management and enlightenment course (such as this forum) will alleviate the stress brought by the anxiety.

      introduce more about yourself so that your HH friends in you locale will be encouraged to get in touch with you, and keep on the positive track.. 🙂

  8. Andrea
    June 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Hello Knowell, I want to thank you for inviting me on your site. I just want to share my story with you and others to be a enncourgement.I have had HH since the age of 13yrs. old. I sweat mostly in the underarms ,feet,and other areas of the the body that I can’t mention. I kknow how if feels to be embarresed and feel isolated by having this condition.As of right now I take an oral medication for the sweating it does ok it has some side effects though. I went through a difficult time in my early years I quit high school because of HH. Having this conditioon change my vocation career choices and my whole way of living Once I quit high school it was a downward spiral from there I went through a depression and then I went from depression to anger and then the pitty party thing. It had set up a fear and phobia in me during that period in my life Then one day I started doing research online and found that this was a actuall medical condtion I was thrilled to know that I had a name for what I had but then I saw all there people on the site that was feeling the same way as I was with depression and oppressed.Something rose up in me and that something was the gift of exortation (the gift to inspire and encourge and uplift.) It was the gift that God placed in me that laid dormaint for so many years .Yes I am a christian and I love the Lord but I had questions and I did not understand what and why I had this condition I grew up as a christian. I started encouraging others and inspiring others and as I inspired them I was encourging myself .We never go thorugh things in vain it is always to help someone else.(example If you have never been an alcoholic and been delivered how can you understand or relate to what another person that is sturuggling with the same condition help them and tell them how God deliver you.If you never been through a divorce and or depression how can you relate or sympathize with someone who has and can tell them your story of how you make it through. I took the very things that was negative in my life and turn it around as something positive to help others and encourge them.God says in his word” He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us in all of our troubles so that we can comfort others.When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” Cor. ch.1v.3 -4 God has turn my misery into minstry to help others to pray for them to encourge them.I want to let you know that I am not perfect and I have my goods days and bad days but thorugh it all I gain strnength from the Lord and he helps me to be an overcomer of what ever I face in life.You are a overcomer too.God laid it on my heart to help others who sturuggle with this condition and the low self esteem that comes along with it. Speak life over yourself everyday.I can tell you this I dont have all the answers I dont know why some people go through different ssituations I believe there is a purpose in all of it.If you would like to read more of my story and know more about me please visit my website http://www.overcomersoutreachministry.com and my book called “Sweat Equity The inspiring story of overcomer Hyperhidrois and achieving personal Gain” God bless you.

    • June 12, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      Andrea,

      I waited for your reply and thank you indeed..
      I already knew you are enlightened and you have some inspirations to share. It is true that once we overcome this condition, it overflows.
      Many thanks for the link and I am sure a lot of our fellow HH friends will be benefited by these.

      Let us keep on trusting and reaching.. Life abounds. 🙂

      Knowell

  9. Danielle
    July 7, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Hi and thanks for the invite. I am 27 years old and I have had sweaty hands and feet my entire life. Yep, ever since I was a baby and it seems to get worse every year. I have tried acupuncture, electric currents, medication (robinol) which is given to elderly people towards the end of their life to dry up bodily fluids (creepy, I know), antipersperants. herbal supplements…I even CONSIDERED ETS. But thanks to my dad’s diligent research he discovered how risky it can be and I decided that sweaty hands and feet were much better than compensatory sweating, depression, heart palpitations, and many other horrific side effects. But the truth is, I am MISERABLE. I feel like I just want to stay at home and never leave sometimes. I don’t know I have dealt with this disorder for so long without going insane. It makes me feel better to know there are others out there but it is still difficult to deal with everyday life. I hold my self back…in school, work, and relationships. Its not fair and its no way to live. I’m desperate for an answer. Will there ever be something that will help? My life would be so different. I can’t wear cute sandals, I can’t hold hands with anyone, I can’t wear certain clothing. Maybe I could try botox in my hands and feet but I’m scared of the side effects. Any suggestions would help.

  10. Hannah
    November 6, 2011 at 3:19 am

    Hey,
    I dont know if this site is still active or anything but i just wanted to share my story cause i cant talk about it with friends cause they will think im weird and gross. My family already knows about it but the progress of purchasing things is taking a long time because everyones busy and i dont have hundreds of dollars.

    So..I’m 16 and in high school. Im from australia but there was nobody on there so i came to the united states bit cause i thought it would have more people haha. My names Hannah by the way. I’ve had sweaty hands, feet and armpits since i was a child. The earliest I remember is my hands sliding down pencils when i was trying to write. It really became a problem for me when i entered grade 8. At first it was just being self concious of friends and touching them and just daily interaction. Now that its year 11 Im worrying about boyfriends etc. Everyone thinks im frigit. To be honest ive only had 1 boyfriend and i broke up with him before i even held his hand because i was fearing the moment when he would comment on my hands and armpit stains. Im scared to get close to anyone because of the armpit smell and now that its summer its getting worse. Even in winter my hands are wet. In fact right now my hands are sweating on the keyboard. Im not even nervous or anything. Imagine what its like when im nervous -_-

    I just want to be normal. I’m a art/musical person but HH is stopping me from doing things. I played piano since i was 6 and i ended up giving it up because my hands would slip off keys and the sweat drops left on the piano were so embarrassing. My piano teacher knew about this and got over it but still the fact that she was sitting there WATCHING MY HANDS play the piano was so overwhelming. I still play guitar and cello though. Even in winter my cello teacher turns the fan on for me because she understands. Although i can see her face when she corrects my hand position.

    I JUST HATE HAVING HH. i know i might sound like a teenager over-reacting but im sure everyone understands. I dont see how everyone here is so accepting of having HH.

    One of the most recent events was a group challenge where 14 people had to make a circle and hold hands with random people so that a knot was made. We had to untangle it by walking under and over arms etc. IT WAS THE WORST 10 MINUTES OF MY LIFE. I wanted to cry. The embarrassment….was unbearable.

    After watching that Nick Vujicic video i feel im whining about my little first world problems. I dont know what to do.

  11. November 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    of course this weblog is very active. thanks for joining in Hannah.

    you are still young and your anxiety if you are normal is understandable. you are quite confused if people around you will accept you but i have a serious question for you: have you accepted yourself with that condition..

    try to move your post to ‘Australia’ page, i learned that you are from there. most probably more peers from your place will communicate to you on that page. and once you move your post i will tell you more about our condition.

    it really takes a little mental effort, and only yourself is enough to achieve that, if you will allow acceptance first to yourself.

    i will make this straight to you and i hope you will understand your condition instead of paying attention MORE to what others will say: when you mentioned I JUST HATE HAVING HH, you are actually hating yourself, degrading and humiliating your own self. do u like that.. don’t u feel the discord in your own self.. this will make you much less ‘normal’..

    acceptance and respect for your condition will attract people and friends who will also accept and understand your condition, and so as vice versa. this is a promise of our beingness governed by laws of the universe.

    the reason why u have this condition is for you to focus MORE on your talents and interests, to transcend above this condition and become a witness far above what you describe as ‘normal’..

    always remember that what has created has a purpose for ultimate cause. it is up to you which side are you creating.. but rest assured in the eyes of our Lord, you are perfect from beginning.. till end.

    its up to you how to look at it.

  12. Andrea
    November 8, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Hi Hannah, my name is andrea and I sweat on my hands,feet,underarms..one product is called certain dri here in the US and a product called drioff you can get on line and drysol these are some products you may want to try.You may also want to seek out a dermatologist too they can help with different products as well.

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