Excessive, uncontrollable sweating of the hands or palms, is called palmar hyperhidrosis. It is an extremely stressful, embarrassing, and confidence-wrecking problem.
Its effects span many areas of your life, from ruined paperwork to slippery handshakes, sweaty palms can negatively impact your social life, education, and career.
What causes excessive sweating?
Sweat glands act as the body’s natural thermostat. When they suddenly go into overdrive, you get sweaty palms and feet. While this can be socially embarrassing, the good news is that excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be controlled with treatment.
Many reasons cause body temperature to rise suddenly – hot, humid weather, rigorous exercise, emotional stress, a panic attack. Even spicy foods and caffeine can cause excessive sweating.
Melbourne Excessive sweating treatment can result in sweaty palms (palmar hyperhidrosis), as well as sweaty feet (plantar hyperhidrosis), or sweaty armpits (axillary hyperhidrosis).
The human body has two to five million eccrine sweat glands covering most of the skin. They automatically release fluid onto the skin surface when the body temperature rises. When the perspiration evaporates, the body cools down.
Specialised apocrine sweat glands are responsible for excessive sweating under the armpits.
Besides hot, humid weather, stress, and anxiety, there are other triggers for sweaty palms and feet:
- Caffeinated drinks and alcohol
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Medicinal drugs (such as certain painkillers, cardiovascular drugs, and antidepressants)
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
The first line-of-defense against sweaty palms is an antiperspirant. It’s an unpopular opinion, but yes, you can definitely use antiperspirants on your hands.
In fact, they’re the most non-invasive solution to sweaty palms. Topical (applied on top of your skin), and available in a number of different strengths including “regular” over-the-counter products, “clinical strength” over-the-counter products, and prescription products, this should be your first attempt to solve your excessive sweating problem.
Just in case you have tried the mildest formulations and likely didn’t get much relief, the next step is to try a stronger formulation.
However, you should always consult your doctor first before trying anything stronger.
Medical treatments for sweaty palms
Another treatment option for sweaty palms is Anti Wrinkle Injection. Your doctor can inject Anti Wrinkle Injection into your palms to dramatically reduce sweating. The effects are lasting (about 6 months) but the injections can be painful.
To help make the injections more comfortable, experienced medical professionals are turning to a simple icing and/or vibration technique. However, you should also be aware that discomfort during injections is a potential drawback of Anti Wrinkle Injection treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis.
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 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.
Are there medications for sweaty palms?
There are quite a few options available when it comes to medications for excessive sweating. Just a precaution, though. You should always seek medical advice from a licensed doctor before ever deciding which one to use.
- Drysol: Aluminum Chloride is applied to hands daily at night. Leave on for 6-8 hours.
- Iontophoresis: Iontophoresis is a system to place hands or feet in water with low voltage DC electrical current. It is done 30 minutes, three days per week. For patients for whom it works, the benefit is temporary. When the treatment is stopped, the hyperhidrosis returns.
- Anti-anxiety drugs: Has been tried, but they have very little role in the treatment of hyperhidrosis because, while the sweat may increase with tension and anxiety, they are not the cause of the problem.
- Psychotherapy: Has been tried, but has very little role in the treatment of hyperhidrosis because, while the sweat may increase with tension and anxiety, they are not the cause of the problem.
- Drying medicines: There are pills that can be taken to dry up the sweating, however, patients complain that these medicines cause dry mouth and dry eyes.
The most effective treatment for sweaty palms is Anti Wrinkle Injection injections. With longer lasting effects, it is worth its price and should not hinder you from getting one, provided that you already had an initial consultation with your cosmetic doctor.
At Skin Club, we always recommend an initial consultation between doctors and clients to determine the root cause of the problem and be able to treat it properly. This way, we can align our treatments to match your aesthetic goals and deliver your desired results.