Sweating is how the body regulates its temperature. However, despite being normal, living with nonstop sweaty hands can somehow affect your confidence and socialising skills.
Depending on your routine, greeting others with a handshake might be an everyday occurrence. As they say, when sweating profusely becomes a social problem, you may have to start looking into treatments for your condition.
Why do I have sweaty hands?
In the case of hyperhidrosis, overactive sweat glands trigger excessive perspiration. This response has nothing to do with indoor or outdoor temperature or your level of physical activity. It doesn’t matter whether the temperature is comfortable or you’re not moving, your hands may sweat profusely.
Some people shrug off mild hand sweating as a minor concern. Although this condition doesn’t always indicate a serious problem and may run in families, excessive sweating treatment in Melbourne is sometimes a symptom of an underlying condition, such as:
- menopause/hot flashes
- low blood sugar
- overactive thyroid
- heart attack
- nervous system problems
When sweating is caused by an underlying problem, it is highly likely for you to have other symptoms. Consult your doctor if sweating is accompanied by chills, chest pain, nausea, lightheadedness, or a fever. Also, make a doctor’s appointment if sweating worsens or begins to interrupt your routine.
What triggers sweaty hands?
Heat, anxiety, and certain foods and drinks can trigger sweating.
It would pay to note down any potential triggers and see whether avoiding them helps.In addition, you may want to bring this information to your doctor, if you are seeking treatment.
Some ingredients that can trigger sweating include:
- monosodium glutamate
Sweaty hands treatment options
Luckily, there are a lot of options you can choose from when it comes to sweaty hands.
- Antiperspirant. Many people are not really aware there is a difference between antiperspirants and deodorants. While typically applied to the armpits, antiperspirant can be applied to the palms to temporarily help control sweating. Your doctor may prescribe a prescription antiperspirant if over-the-counter versions don’t work for you.
- Iontophoresis. This is a procedure where you immerse your hands in tap water under a direct current to temporarily block sweat ducts.
- Anti Wrinkle Injection injections. For palms and armpits, botulinum toxin (Anti Wrinkle Injection) may be injected in-office, but this is limited by pain and cost.
- Surgery. Because surgery can be risky, it is often considered a last resort for treating hyperhidrosis.
Home remedies for sweaty hands
Baking soda is a quick and inexpensive way to reduce sweaty hands. This is known to effectively deodorize and clean the nooks and crannies of our home. The effectiveness of baking soda on cleaning and whitening teeth is well-known, but you may not realize how baking soda functions as an antiperspirant and deodorant.
Because baking soda is alkaline, it can reduce sweating and can even make sweat evaporate quickly. Mix a couple teaspoons of baking soda with water to create a paste. Rub the paste over your hands for about five minutes before rinsing.
Apple cider vinegar
If you have hyperhidrosis, organic apple cider vinegar can keep your sweaty palms dry by balancing pH levels in your body. The best way to do this it to wipe your palms with apple cider vinegar. Leave it on overnight for best results. You may also want to include 2 tablespoons in your daily diet. Doing so will further improve your condition and will make this remedy even more effective.
Adding sage leaves to your food or sipping sage tea may provide relief from hand sweating. You can also carry dried sage in cloth wrap (sachet) in your pocket, and put your hand around it to absorb and prevent perspiration.
The astringent property of sage eliminates excess skin oils and prevents sweating. This can also significantly reduce the odor caused by sweating. For best results, put a handful of sage leaves in water and then soak your hands in the mixture for about 20 minutes. Another option is drinking sage tea. Since sage is an herb, talk to your doctor before drinking this tea to ensure it doesn’t interact with any medications you’re currently taking.
To know which treatment is best for your sweaty hands, it is imperative that you seek consultation from a licensed doctor. At Skin Club, we get to know what causes the problem to provide you the best solution to your problem. This also ensures client satisfaction as we meet your expectations and give you your desired results.