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Sweating the Interview: Excessive Sweaters Need not Apply?
Date:1/8/2010

QUAKERTOWN, Pa., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If success is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, then it might follow that the Hyperhidrosis sufferer should have no trouble gaining employment. Not so fast. According to a recent International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS) employment survey of people dealing with issues of excessive sweating, the condition, also known as hyperhidrosis, can deter potential employers from hiring otherwise capable candidates and even deter those afflicted from seeking employment altogether.

"It comes as no surprise that our survey has confirmed the debilitating effect of hyperhidrosis on employment," says Dr. David Pariser, president of the world-renowned American Academy of Dermatology and founding board member of IHHS. "In today's tough economy, job seekers need every possible edge to make a good first impression on potential employers. Unfortunately, the excessive sweating disorder is often misinterpreted as a lack of confidence, negatively influencing chances of being selected as a job candidate."

Conducted by the IHHS, the survey reveals the impact of the sweat condition on job interviews and career choices. The findings are dramatic, especially among those living with the affliction. The survey numbers clearly show the personal and professional toll experienced by individuals with hyperhidrosis. Because of concerns about excessive underarm sweat;

  • 86% of those surveyed say they are fearful of going on job interviews,
  • 27% avoid job interviews altogether,
  • 88% say they avoid professions which are likely to reveal their ailment,
  • 67% avoid speaking in public while in a professional setting, and
  • More than half (56%) has had to avoid giving a presentation due to excessive underarm sweat.

The survey's most shocking find is that nearly 1-in-4 adults (24%) don't know that chronic e
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