Clammy and sweaty hands are a sign of hyperhidrosis

Palm or palmar hyperhidrosis is the most common type of local hyperhidrosis.

The pathology usually manifests itself during the puberty and lasts up to the age of 40, when it starts to recede gradually with age. This problem is more common among women.

Since severe palm sweating affects the patient’s psychological state and narrows the number of available professions, the treatment of this disease is covered by health insurance in some countries (Great Britain, Italy, etc.).

Different types and levels of severity of palm hyperhidrosis

Primary or essential hyperhidrosis occurs for unknown reasons. An increased number of sweat glands in the palms, their over activity or high sensitivity to the level of adrenaline in the blood may be causes of hyperhidrosis. Additionally, according to an existing hypothesis, hereditary factors are involved in the development of the condition (approximately 40% of patients have a parent with hyperhidrosis).

Secondarily, it may be caused by hereditary diseases and other disorders.

The severity of sweating can be:

  • Light – palms become slightly wet, but there are no drops of sweat.
  • Moderate – sweat on your fingers.
  • Severe – sweat covers your palms and fingers.

Simultaneous hand and foot sweating is called distal hyperhidrosis.

What causes sweaty hands

cause hand hyperhidrosisPalm hyperhidrosis can be caused by:

  • Increased sympathetic nervous system activity, which is the most common cause of sweaty palms and often accompanies patients throughout their lives. An increase in the level of hormones in the blood may have an effect on sweating.
  • Genetic diseases and defects.
  • Hormonal imbalances.
  • Some certain medications.

Usually, most people suffering from excessively sweaty palms also have an increased level of stress or a hormonal imbalance. Sweating will disappear on its own after reducing or completely removing the stress factors. However, it can return in stressful situations, which makes people even more stressed. The conclusion is this – you need to try different treatment to get rid of the sweating first and then move on to its root causes.

Sweaty hands cure

According to doctors, there is no such medicine that can, once and for all, cure a person with sweating hands. It is true for a good reason – in order to eliminate the effect, it is necessary to get rid of the root cause first. Unfortunately, it doctors have been unable to define what the root cause is.

Sweaty hands remedy

If your hands sweat a lot, the doctor may prescribe antidepressants and anticholinergics, which have a blocking effect on the nerve endings, resulting in the ailment disappearing. Do not forget that all these drugs have side effects, the least of which are drowsiness and dry mouth.

Hyperhidrosis Botox treatment for hands

treatment of sweating palms with BotoxBotox doesn’t only help in the fight against wrinkles. Dermatologists often use it to block the sweat glands. If you inject Botox in your palms, they will stop sweating, an effect that can last up to 8-9 months. Then the procedure should be repeated.

Surgical procedures for treating palms sweating

surgery for hyperhidrosis of the palmsSympathectomy is a radical and effective method of treatment which is used if other therapies do not bring any positive results. During the surgery, those nerve fibers that transmit impulses to the sweat glands are destroyed or clamped through an incision on the arm.

Homemade Remedies for sweaty hands

treatment of sweating palms at homeIt is worth mentioning that the use of folk remedies for excessive sweating can gradually help, therefore you shouldn’t expect a miracle after the first use. They should be used regularly for 4-6 weeks. You may assess the first results after a week.


Salt baths
Dissolve 1 tbsp. of table salt or sea salt in a glass of hot water, and then rinse hands with this solution 2 times a day. Do not wipe your hands with a towel after the procedure, let them dry.

Baths with lemon juice
Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to one liter of warm water. You can put your hands in this solution and keep them in it for about 10 minutes, or you can soak a towel in it and then wipe your palms.

Contrast baths
Prepare two baths, one with hot water and the other with cold water in it. Then put your hands first in one bath, then in the other, you should keep your hands for 1-2 minutes in each.

Bath with black tea
Brew strong black tea, infuse it for 40-60 minutes. Put your hands in it for 15-20 minutes 4-5 times a week. After the procedure, wipe your hands dry and treat them with hand powder or deodorant.

Homemade glycerin cream
You will need to mix 1 tbsp. of lemon juice with medical alcohol and 2 tbsp. of glycerol. The resulting mixture should be thoroughly mixed. Apply it every time after washing your hands.

Baby powder or talc
It’s worth trying. Put it on your sweaty hands and it will absorb excessive sweat.

Apple vinegar
Mix a glass of vinegar with five glasses of water. Put your hands into the bath with the solution for 18-20 minutes. Then wash your hands. Vinegar works as a natural drying agent.

Hydrogen peroxide
In order to inhibit the work of the sweat glands and prevent bacterial growth, which causes an unpleasant odor – dissolve hydrogen peroxide in a glass of boiled water and apply the mixture to your hands regularly.

Hazelnut leaves tincture
If your hands began to sweat in the summer, and you are afraid that the same situation will happen in the winter, then you’d better get prepared in advance. There is one good option that helps get rid of excessive sweating – an alcohol tincture of hazelnut leaves. Mix the leaves with alcohol with a 1:10 ratio and let it brew for 2 months in a dark, cool place. When the tincture is ready, apply it to your hands using a cotton pad. Do it every morning and evening.

Bay leaf decoction
Boil twenty leaves on low heat and let it cool. Rinse your hands in a bowl with the decoction on a day-to-day basis to improve your skin condition.

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