How To Stop Excessive Sweating

Stop Excessive Hand Sweating

Learn how to stop excessive hand sweating and cure sweaty palms (palmar hyperhidrosis) for good!

Let's face it: having sweaty palms, medically referred to as palmar hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of the hands can be highly embarrassing and can affect a person everyday life both socially and functionally.

Stop Excessive Hand Sweating

Socially, a person who suffers from excessive sweating of the palms will find it very difficult to engage in simple physical interactions such as shaking or holding hands.

Functionally, a sufferer may find that it affects him/her at work or in situations where items like paper needs to be carry or hold on to. Sweaty hands can also make typing on keyboards and handling of electronic equipments a problem.

Sweaty Palms Causes

Palmar hyperhidrosis, a form of primary focal hyperhidrosis, where sweating always occurs on very specific areas of the body, can be caused by overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system that connect to the eccrine sweat glands (found all over the body, particularly on the palms of the hands) or it can also be hereditary.

In about 1/3 of the patients who suffer from palmar hyperhidrosis, the problem is known to be inherited; with many members of the same family suffering from the same condition. Usually, excessive hand sweating begins early in childhood and get more severe towards the adolescence years and early adulthood.

Sweaty palms can also be aggravated by psychological and mental stimuli as well, especially when a person experience emotional issues such as stress, anxiety, fear or anger.

Treatment Options To Stop Excessive Hand Sweating

Lotions and Creams

Topical creams such as antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate are usually the first line of treatment used to stop sweaty hands. Applying the antiperspirant spreads aluminum ions onto the skin causing the opening of the eccrine sweat glands to be blocked, thereby stopping the production of sweat.

Antiperspirants can work well for people with mild palmer hyperhidrosis, though users who benefit from it may also experience from some side effects such as skin irritation or itching of the hands.

Medications

Doctors may sometimes prescribe oral medication such as beta-blockers and anticholinergics drugs to stop excessive hand sweating. While these medications are not designed specifically for treatment of hyperhidrosis however they have been found to be effective in treating the condition.

Do note that such medications can also carry many side effects including blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, palpitations and impaired speech.

Iontophoresis

This treatment involves dipping your hands into an electrolyte solution where a mild electric current is pass through the solution to stop sweating of the palms. User may experiences some "stinging" sensation however the procedure is totally safe.

For this treatment, FDA-approved Iontophoresis machines can be purchased, with each machine retailing around $675. Alternatively, a dermatologist can also provide the treatment for about $10 per treatment. Each treatment last about 20 to 30 minutes per session and is performed about three times a week, over several weeks until sweating is reduced to a comfortable level.

Iontophoresis treatments have been researched and shown to cure sweaty palms by the International Hyperhidrosis Society, Sweat Solutions and AAFP. However women who are pregnant and people with pacemakers should not use iontophoresis.

Botox ® Treatment For Sweaty Hands

To stop excessive hand sweating, Botox ® (botulinum toxin type A) is another possible choice of treatment. The dermatologist administer Botox ® into the sweat glands of the hands to paralyze the neurotransmitters, chemicals that transmit signals from the nerves that cause sweating.

As each Botox ® treatment requires multiple injections, the primary side effect is pain at the point of injection. This treatment is also temporary, as the Botox wears off after six to eight months. Then you have to repeat the treatment.

Surgery

When topical creams or oral medications cannot control sweaty palms, surgical treatment like Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) is the next alternative treatment option.

Sympathectomy is accomplished by dissecting or clamping of the nerve tissue of the main sympathetic nervous system. This disrupts the neural signals that ordinarily would travel to the eccrine glands causes sweating of the hands.

Overall, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is safe and effective for 95% of the patients in controlling sweaty palms. However certain side effects like compensatory hyperhidrosis (sweating of other parts of the body mainly the back, lower legs and thighs) is common over the long term, causing 2 to 3% of patients that underwent ETS to regret having had the surgery.

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