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06-08-2008, 09:06 PM
I have excessive sweating problem in my hands and haven't seen doctors yet. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of this.

06-11-2008, 09:07 PM
"To have sweaty hands or “palmar hydrosis” is hard. There’s no easy way to go around this problem, and affects us a lot, since as human beings we are in constant contact with another people, and this includes physical contact, such as sharing something, or shaking hands. Luckily, there are various alternatives for sweaty hands treatments, but their effectivness depends on the grade of hyperhidrosis you have. For example a severe case may include a surgical procedure. Having said that here’s a quick overview of the available treatments:

• Oral medication. Some physicians recommend certain oral medications such as Ditropan or Robinul. The FDA has not approved an oral medication specific for excessive sweating, however, if your doctor recommends using these, do not keep using them for a long term because of the side effects. What this sweaty hand treatment do is prevent the stimulation of sweat glands.

• Surgery, called Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy. This surgery has become the most effective measure against excessive sweat; however it is applied to people suffering severe palmar hyperhidrosis. In this surgical procedure, portions of the sympathetic nerve trunk are cut, or removed. MORE INFO

• Botulinum toxic. This is what is commonly known as Botox, the trademark term. Botulinum toxic is applied in the form of injections to the hand or feet. Their effects last up to 9 months, when a new injection is needed.

• Aluminum chloride solution. This solution is used commonly in antiperspirants. This solution, that is stronger for people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, is applied nightly for a week, and after that twice a week to maintain. This treatment is not very effective for palmar sweating.

• Iontophoresis. The affected area is placed in a device that has two pails of water with a conductor in each one. The hand or foot acts like a conductor between the positively- and negatively-charged pails. As the low current passes through the area, the minerals in the water clog the sweat glands, limiting the amount of sweat released.

• Hypnosis. This alternative method involves a professional inducing a trance state to put suggestions in our mind. Its success is limited, and there shouldn’t be any fear if you’d like to try it.

• Meditation. This treatment is very helpful to people whose sweating is triggered by anxiety. Relaxation of our mind has a very deep impact in our bodies and overall health.

• Weight Loss. Obesity is tied to sweating, losing some pounds might help you if you don’t have a severe case.

• Biofeedback. This is an alternative treatment that basically involves a series of techniques to be more aware of our body functions, and ultimately control them."

06-11-2008, 09:15 PM
Having sweaty hands can be a result of a condition known as HYPERHIDROSIS. Hyperhidrosis is a disorder characterized by excessive sweating that occurs in up to 1% of the population. The excessive sweating can occur in the hands (palmar hyperhidrosis), in the armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis), or in the feet (plantar hyperhidrosis). Although nobody understands the exact cause of this excessive sweating in specific individuals, it is known that the sweating is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system.

There many treatments available including astringents, electrical stimulation, Botox injections, sedatives and medications that affect the nervous system and are successful in varying degrees. As a last effort, there is also a surgical procedure that involves destroying or removing a specific portion of the main sympathetic nerve.

It may just be anxiety in your case, but if it is hindering your lifestyle and causing embarassment and worry when meeting people (just shaking hands can be a dreadful experience), please see a doctor about it. There is no reason to have to live with it. Just imagine what it would be like to not even have to think of your hands when you are with or meeting people! Do a google search on the phrases "palmar hyperhidrosis" or "plantar hyperhidrosis" and read about it. I put a link at the bottom for starters.

06-28-2008, 06:23 PM
Hey, better go see your doctor buddy because there can be hundreds of causes of excessive sweating in hands. It can be a sign of excessive BMR (basal metabolic rate) also. Needless to say, some people who are hyperthyroid (suffering from goitre due to excessive thyroid hormones production) can also present with excessive sweating in hands.

02-28-2014, 11:00 AM
Stay relaxed so practice yoga and meditation daily.