You are used to peeling off your soaking wet T-shirt after a long run, and perhaps even after doing some rigorous housework or yard work, but just anticipating a meeting with your boss shouldn’t induce your palms to break into a dripping sweat. Even worse, meeting your girlfriend or date should not cause this type of debilitating and anxiety provoking sweat from your hands!
If that sort of “extreme” perspiration sounds familiar, then you are probably one of several million Americans with “palmoplantar hyperhidrosis” which is when excessive sweating occurs on the palms and/or feet. Why it happens is often a mystery, but it does affect roughly one to three percent of the population (along with axillary hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating of the underarms).
A condition that is worse than palmoplantar or axillary hyperhidrosis is craniofacial hyperhidrosis, which causes dripping sweat from the face and scalp at rest. Imagine someone who develops dripping sweat from the face and scalp, even when he or she is sitting at a desk, doing nothing. This type of unrelenting excessive craniofacial sweating can happen when these individuals are at office meetings, or even worse Just out of bed, first thing in the morning! Sometimes these individuals are stopped while shopping and asked: “Are you OK? Are you having a heart attack?”
Why Does a Person Sweat?
Sweating, perspiration or transpiration is a process through which the body releases salty liquid through the sweat glands. Sweating is one of the essential, natural and healthy functions that help the body to stay cool. Therefore, in hot climatic conditions or after exertion, the body starts sweating. Sweating may also occur because of nausea and nervousness.
What Causes Excessive Sweating?
Sometimes sweating is more excessive than expected for the temperature of the environment. This condition is caused by hyperactivity of the sweat glands (Generalized Hyperhidrosis). This condition normally affects the entire body and is usually caused by metabolic disorders. Excessive sweating can be very uncomfortable when it is a continual and/or frequent occurrence. It also causes various functional and social problems.
Sometimes, hyperhidrosis affects specific body parts like the hands and feet. If you sweat excessively on your palms or soles, your skin can appear blue-white or pink. Some may develop sores and cracks on the feet. Medical practitioners usually prescribe Antiperspirants, Anti-anxiety medications and Botox injections to treat excessive sweating. However many people do not prefer these treatment options due to extensive side effects and high treatment costs.
What is the Best Way to Get Rid of Sweaty Hands?
Hyperhidrosis is best treated with simple home remedies and other natural treatments. Specific foods, smells and drinks can trigger anxiety and thereby increase your sweating. To learn more about how to identify such factors and how to get rid of sweaty hands (palmoplantar hyperhidrosis) naturally, watch This Video.