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Sweaty hands don't make you a bad leader!

How hyperhidrosis and leadership go hand in hand

During the recent Maltese election, people were shocked when the Maltese Prime Minister called his opponent a "chicken with sweaty hands". The Maltese Prime Minister later claimed that he had no idea that Busuttil was suffering from a condition known as hyperhidrosis.

This wasn't the first time a public figure has been insulted and ridiculed in public for having excessive sweating. President Trump ridiculed Marco Rubio saying that his sweat was "disgusting".

Here's a video of Rubio "bumping fists" with other presidential candidates at a debate during the recent elections.

     With the amount of attention political candidates have given to excessive sweating, it makes us wonder why they see sweating as a weakness. What is it about excessive sweating that gives this impression and why are people in power so willing to ridicule it?

Anxiety and sweating: 

     Sweating is a natural reaction to stress. It is triggered by the "fight or flight" reaction and can be caused by sensory, emotional or mental stimulation. Though your body has between 2 and 4 million sweat glands, most are eccrine glands. They are concentrated on your palms and the soles of your feet. This sweat is mostly water and is secreted when the temperature rises or when you exert yourself.

     The apocrine glands, concentrated in the armpits and genitals is considered to be thicker, and more prone to odor as they have more nutrients for bacteria to feed off of. This sweat is the sweat secreted during stress. Many people experience high stress triggered sweating before a job interview or before a work meeting or public speaking event.

What sweating says about you:

     Because anxiety can cause sweating, people often make the association between your sweating and nerves, even if you aren't nervous at all.

     In politics, business or even in social situations, people who want to be good leaders must display certain qualities. Forbes outlines 10 qualities that make a good leader. Sadly, nowhere on there does it say that anxiety is a quality of a good leader.

     Regardless of how confident Busuttil or Rubio may have been going into their debates, press conferences or addresses, they were at a significant disadvantage because of their sweat. Their opponents misconstrued their condition for lack of leadership capability.

     For people who work in environments where they must show their leadership qualities, appearing stoic and strong is a day to day reality. We want those who have power to make decisions that better us, we rely heavily on their abilities to face situations we may not want to face, and make decisions we may not want to make. As such, our trust is in them, and we analyze everything about them from their posture, to their skills as an orator.

Sadly those who are in positions of leadership may appear less capable than their dry counterparts.

Luckily, there's a solution.

Iontophoresis has a long history of success treating this condition. Here at Iontoderma, we've developed a device that is affordable and successful.

It boasts a 98% success rate with 55% of people seeing results in just one week of treatment.

Take the first step to dry feet and hands with Iontoderma today.

Liked this article? Try these:

Genetics and Hyperhidrosis

Don't Sweat It: Anxiety and Hyperhidrosis

Bringing to Light a Condition: Maltese politician ridiculed for having sweaty hands

Additional reading:

Excessive sweating, low self esteem and nervousness 

Sweating under stress



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