How to stop your hands from sweating
When it comes to sweat, there are common problem areas that get all the attention. They’re the parts of your body where unwanted perspiration is going to give you the most trouble on the daily.
Sad to say though, that they’re not the only spots where a touch of salty moisture is going to cause you problems. Case in point: Your hands.
Slick, sweaty mitts are not only gross for you, but they also make shaking hands—be it with a business partner or the father-of-the-bride—an endeavor that’ll put you at risk of significant embarrassment.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to predict when damp hands will strike. Anything from heat to stress to genetics can trigger their unwanted arrival.
What is palmar hyperhidrosis?
Excessive, uncontrollable sweating of the hands or palms, is called palmar hyperhidrosis. This medical condition is an extremely stressful, embarrassing, and confidence-wrecking problem.
It’s proven and published that palmar hyperhidrosis has the most significant negative impact on patients’ lives of any dermatologic condition.
The idea of shaking hands or holding hands feels like a nightmare for people who suffer from sweaty palms or hyperhidrosis. Whether you’re going on a job interview, playing sports that require a good grip, or thinking about holding hands with a new love interest, breaking out in a sweat with cold, clammy hands is downright embarrassing.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of sweaty hands, there are ways you should try before opting for more invasive procedures like surgery and Iontophoresis treatments.
Needless to say, you still should not sweat the small stuff. Try to get that moisture under control so you can relax and get your confidence back intact.
How do I stop my hands from sweating?
There’s not much you can do to completely stop excessive palm sweat on your own, but you can try to handle it temporarily.
You can apply hand sanitizer if you have it close by since the alcohol base in it might help dry things up a little, she says. In addition, if you happen to be near a super-absorbent paper towel or toilet paper, you can press that between your palms to soak up excess sweat.
- The first is a topical antiperspirant with aluminum chloride, which works well for some people with hyperhidrosis. These treatments plug sweat ducts, which release moisture, thereby decreasing perspiration. Using a topical antiperspirant is as simple as rolling it onto your palms and letting it sink in. For best results, make sure to read the product’s specific instructions, since it may call for use before bed so there’s adequate time for it to take effect before the daytime. You can buy an antiperspirant over the counter at your local supermarket or drug store, or your doctor can prescribe one for you. Over-the-counter antiperspirants may be less irritating than prescription antiperspirants. Start with an over-the-counter brand, and if that doesn’t work, ask your doctor about a prescription.
- Another commonly recommended treatment is iontophoresis. During this procedure, you sit with your hands, feet, or both in a shallow tray of water for about 20 to 30 minutes, while a low electrical current travels through the water. While no one knows exactly how this treatment works, many experts believe it blocks sweat from getting to your skin’s surface. A downside to this procedure is that you may need to repeat this treatment at least a few times a week. However, research shows that after several times, you can already enjoy the results and actually stop sweating. Once you learn how to do iontophoresis, you can buy a machine to use at home. Some people only require a couple of treatments a month for maintenance.
- Your doctor may also prescribe you anticholinergics, which work to decrease sweat production by blocking acetylcholine, a messenger in the nervous system. This tells the body to secrete less sweat. As a result, you will no longer wet your hands and shoes like before.
- Anti Wrinkle Injection injections are also a common treatment for hyperhidrosis. A dermatologist will inject Anti Wrinkle Injection into your palms to shut down the sweat glands’ production. This is typically only injected on a person’s dominant hand (like your right hand if you’re right-handed) since this is the one that you’d use to shake hands and write with. This is because it has been proven that the less dominant hand gets a little better when the dominant one sweats less. While the physiological process here isn’t totally clear, it might come down to the power of your mind: If your right hand isn’t sweaty anymore and you’re not as anxious about hyperhidrosis, your left might get less sweaty overtime. Botox’s effects on hyperhidrosis can last up to six months before you have to go in for another round. However, how long the effects last may vary from person to person, depending on a number of factors.
- You can even have surgery to remove the sweat glands in your palms, but there are some risks. These risks explain why very few people choose this option. Often, surgery is the last resort when nothing seems to work, which happens very rarely.
Unfortunately, insurance coverage of these treatments really depends on your situation. Some plans consider hyperhidrosis a cosmetic issue and won’t cover treatments, but most either fully or partially cover the cost of Anti Wrinkle Injection injections and medications to treat this condition.
You can only determine which treatment is best for you after a conversation with your doctor. You should never start any form of treatment before speaking with your doctor and asking for medical advice first.
At Skin Club, we encourage initial consultations with our clients to get to the root cause of the problem so we can provide the best solution. We take pride in aligning our procedures to your individual goals and needs so we can meet your expectations.