Sweaty Palms or Hyperhidrosis

Excessively sweaty palms are a very serious problem for most people who have hyperhidrosis. In fact the majority of people can tolerate excessive sweating in most areas of their bodies other than the palms and, to a lesser extent, feet. We use our hands to shake hands, write, stitch and perform numerous daily tasks ranging from opening doors to cooking. This condition can cause tremendous anxiety and emotional pain, especially in teenagers.

The reason for hyperhidrosis is usually due to an overactive sympathetic nervous system. In some rare cases, other medical conditions such as thyroid disorders are causing increasing perspiration. It is imperative to visit a dermatologist and get a proper diagnosis behind your sweaty palms.

Sweaty Palms Treatment

There are a number of possible treatments for sweaty palms:

  • Natural treatments. Will not usually work too well, but can help with some reduction in moisture levels.
  • Antiperspirants. Make sure to get high strength ones and read online reviews before purchasing these products.
  • Botox. Requires repeated expensive and somewhat painful injections every few months.
  • Iontophoresis machines. Requires weekly maintenance sessions and some machines are not of a good enough quality.
  • Robinul pills. Have to be taken on a daily basis and requires a prescription.
  • Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy surgery. This is a last resort if all else fails. This procedure will almost always cure your sweaty palms, but can lead to significant side effects such as compensatory sweating.

It is a good idea to talk to others with the same condition as yourself and get first hand accounts of people who have tried the above treatments. One good place for this is via online hyperhidrosis forums.