We use our hands every day. Clammy hands can cause issues with everything from greeting people to writing a thank you card.
On occasion, this natural problem can become more severe. Palmar hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive hand sweating.
Why Do My Hands Sweat?
We often get sweaty palms in stressful situations, as well as when we’re scared or excited. This is because eccrine sweat glands are highly concentrated in the hands, forehead and feet. They’re connected to our sympathetic nervous system, which kicks in when we’re stressed.
Some people who have hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, find they only sweat heavily on the palms of their hands. This is called palmar hyperhidrosis. It may be present at birth, but mostly starts to occur in adolescence. For some people the problem goes away, while others experience it all their lives.
How to Stop Sweaty Hands?
Here are some quick tips if you get sweaty palms:
• Wash your hands regularly. Unless they’re actually dirty, just using water is fine, as constantly washing with soap will dry your skin.
• Carry tissues with you and wipe your hands throughout the day.
• Pocket-size hand gels will help you cleanse when you can’t get to a sink.
• Talcum powder can help absorb sweat and give your hands a better grip, so grab a small container from the baby products aisle and keep it in your bag.
• Outside of winter, don’t resort to gloves to cover up clammy hands – this will actually make your hands sweat more, as your skin won’t be able to breathe.
• Since stress can be a big factor in sweating, tackling the cause of your stress can sometimes help with symptoms like sweaty hands.
For those with excessively sweaty hands, other treatments are also available.
Speak to your doctor or a professional medical adviser to discuss all the options available to you.
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