Have you been struggling with sweaty palms? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! A lot of people think that sweating is normal. It could be, provided that the sweat comes with obvious causes such as stress and anxiety, or even extreme weather conditions.
However, if you notice that you’ve been sweating excessively for no reason at all, you should try to ask for medical advice to address the problem. It only becomes a problem when it starts affecting your daily routine and activities.
That’s when you need to determine if you’re suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis is abnormally excessive sweating that’s not necessarily related to heat or exercise. You may sweat so much that it soaks through your clothes or drips off your hands. Besides disrupting normal daily activities, this type of heavy sweating can cause social anxiety and embarrassment.
Hyperhidrosis treatment usually helps, beginning with prescription-strength antiperspirants. If antiperspirants don’t help, you may need to try different medications and therapies. In severe cases, your doctor may suggest surgery either to remove the sweat glands or to disconnect the nerves responsible for the overproduction of sweat. Sometimes an underlying cause may be found and treated.
What causes it?
For some people, sweaty palms are not a sign of nervousness, they are a fact of everyday life. This can impact a person’s quality of life, causing them to shy away from socializing and certain activities.
A number of health issues can cause sweaty palms, as can menopause, which is a natural transition.
If the sweatiness is not a symptom of an underlying illness, a doctor may diagnose “palmar hyperhidrosis,” the medical term for excessive sweaty palms treatment.
Types of treatment for sweaty palms
A person can take several steps at home to reduce sweating. However, it is important to stop using these methods if they seem to be causing irritation or an allergic reaction.
Also, if a person sees a doctor for treatment, they should inform the doctor of any home remedies that they have tried or are using. A doctor may recommend one or a combination of the following medical treatments for excessively sweaty palms.
Iontophoresis involves placing the hands into a solution that has a low electric current.
Scientists believe that this temporarily stops or reduces the sweating by microscopically thickening the outer layer of the skin. This blocks the sweat for up to 4 weeks.
People have this treatment at least four times a week, and each session lasts 30–40 minutes.
A doctor may prescribe anticholinergic drugs on an off-label basis to treat sweaty palms. The drugs can block the receptors that tell the sweat glands in the hands to start sweating.
Oxybutynin hydrochloride is the most common anticholinergic drug. It is not recommended for people who have glaucoma.
The drug can cause several side effects, including:
- dry mouth
- problems urinating
- nausea and vomiting
Antiperspirants are topical treatments that come in many strengths.
The most common ones available in most stores are “regular” strength. If you think you have hyperhidrosis, you can opt to purchase “clinical” strength varieties over the counter. Doctors can prescribe those that are even stronger.
It is important to apply antiperspirants properly. A person may not be using regular antiperspirants correctly, leading them to buy stronger varieties unnecessarily.
To apply an antiperspirant to the hands correctly:
- Use it just before bed.
- Apply the antiperspirant to completely dry skin.
- Never cover the hands after using the treatment, to help prevent irritation.
Anti Wrinkle Injection injections
Another treatment option for sweaty palms is Anti Wrinkle Injection (also known as onabotulinumtoxinA).
Botulinum toxin, better known as Anti Wrinkle Injection , can also help treat sweaty palms by blocking receptors that tell the sweat glands to start sweating.
The treatment lasts for approximately 6 months. It involves a healthcare provider injecting Anti Wrinkle Injection into the skin.
Although the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Anti Wrinkle Injection to treat excessive sweating of the armpits, researchers have not yet studied the safety and efficacy of the treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis.
The FDA state that a person may experience weakness in the hand muscles after receiving Anti Wrinkle Injection treatment for sweaty palms.
Your doctor will inject Anti Wrinkle Injection into your palms to dramatically reduce sweating. The effects could last for as long as 6 months. A popular downside is that the injections can be painful.
To help make the injections more comfortable, your doctor can do a simple icing and vibration technique. However, you must be aware that discomfort during injections is a potential drawback of Anti Wrinkle Injection treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis.
The use of Anti Wrinkle Injection for the treatment of hyperhidrosis is most effective when performed by a licensed doctor who has experience with the procedure.
While most people find that antiperspirants, iontophoresis, Anti Wrinkle Injection injections, or a custom combination of these are enough to manage excessive hand sweating, there are those who seek a more definitive course of action.
If sweating is having a severe impact, and other treatments have not worked, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove or injure sweat glands in the area, making it impossible to sweat.
If less invasive treatments have proven to be insufficient, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) may be considered as a last resort. ETS has significant risks associated with it, however, particularly a side effect called compensatory sweating (irreversible excessive sweating on large areas of the body) and should only be used in extreme cases after a thorough trial of all other options.
If you’re worried about having excessively sweaty hands, you should definitely book a consultation with Skin Club. We provide effective treatments to help improve the situation, depending on your individual goals and needs.