Has it ever happened that someone offered you a handshake, and your hands were all sweaty? Sweaty hands are definitely an embarrassing issue. Also, many people complain about having constantly sweaty palms, despite cleaning them often.
Well, not all sweaty palms are caused by nervousness, and there are other contributing factors to it. Read on to know about the various causes of sweaty hands and what you can do about this frustrating problem.
What Causes Sweaty Hands?
People who are obese tend to sweat more than others. Obesity causes overactive sweat glands which cause excessive sweating, especially leading to constantly sweating palms, feet, underarms etc. 
Sweaty hands are a common symptom of menopause.  Menopause triggers major hormonal changes in the body. During perimenopause, your body is in the final stage of your menstrual cycle, while in post-menopause, you stop having periods. This happens around the age of 45 to 55. During perimenopause, 70% of women get hot flashes, which increases the body heat and causes excessive sweating.
3. Palmar hyperhidrosis
Some people go through a medical condition called palmar hyperhidrosis which simply means sweaty palms. This is often diagnosed at a very early stage of life. The condition improves when you turn 40 or more, and stops after a certain age.
Palmar hyperhidrosis affects daily activities of your life and causes emotional distress. People with palmar hyperhidrosis notice changes in their body temperature that leads to sweating. Hands and fingers of such people start sweating when they indulge in any physical activity. Palms may feel cold and wet most of the time. 
There are a few other factors that cause sweaty hands. These include:
2. Low Blood Sugar
3. Thyroid Disorder
4. Heart Problems
5. Nervous system issues
6. Infections such as tuberculosis
7. Side effects of certain medications
8. Alcohol Addiction
How To Treat Sweaty Hands?
Professional Treatment For Sweaty Hands
Iontophoresis is a medical treatment that microscopically thickens the outer layer of your skin and stops the sweating for at least four weeks. It is done by using a very low amount of electricity. This treatment requires multiple sessions and each session is 30 - 40 minutes long. 
2. Prescribed Medication
Your doctor may prescribe anticholinergic drugs for your sweaty palms. These drugs influence the receptors that work as indicators for your sweat glands. These receptors technically tell your sweat glands of the hand to sweat.
Oxybutynin hydrochloride  is one such medication. However, people suffering from glaucoma are not advised to take this drug. Though useful, this drug has few side effects like constipation, nausea, urinary problems, mouth dryness etc.
If sweaty palms severely affect your life and daily activity, your doctor may suggest surgery. The surgery would remove or adjust the sweat glands of your hands to control the sweating. One such surgery is known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy. 
This well-known cosmetic treatment is not only popular as a beauty treatment, but can also help reduce the sweat of your palms. To do so, botox will block the sweat glands from sweating. This treatment lasts for six months, and needs to be done by a professional.
FDA (Food And Drug Administration) also considers botox as a valid treatment for excessive sweating. But there is not much research done on the safety of this procedure. FDA does mention a few side effects such as weakening of your hand muscles.
Home Remedies For Sweaty Hands
Antiperspirants are known to control sweat. Even though it is mostly used for underarm region, you can also apply it on sweaty hands. This will reduce sweat and wetness. Try regular-wear antiperspirants. However, if your problem persists, you can ask your doctor for a clinical antiperspirant.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another amazing way to balance the pH level of your hands and control the sweating. Apply apple cider vinegar on your palms. For best results, you can leave the apple cider vinegar on your hand overnight. You can also add organic apple cider vinegar in your regular food intake.
3. Baking soda
Baking soda is a convenient and quick method to get rid of sweaty hands. A common ingredient of every Indian kitchen, its alkaline nature affects your pH balance. You can use it to control the sweating of your palms. Take one tablespoon of baking soda and add a few drops of water. Rub it on your hands and palms thoroughly.
4. Sage Leaf
This herbal remedy has been used for ages to treat several skin conditions like pimples, zits, acne etc. It also fights against multiple skin infections. Applying sage leaf oil on your palm, or adding it in your food intake will help you reduce sweaty hands. You can also use it in your tea. But the best way is to soak a few sage leaves in a bowl and put your hands inside the bowl for at least for 20 minutes.
Chamomile is an extremely beneficial herb from the Asteraceae plant family. Many people drink chamomile tea as a remedy for many health conditions. The chamomile flower is dried up and then used as an ingredient in teas. Chamomile can control the sweat production of your palm.
Over The Counter Treatments
Lotions and creams
Various antiperspirant lotions or creams are also available to choose from. You can also try Body pH balance gel or lotions. Hand treatment creams, specially made for sports personalities, are available as well.
When To Consult A Doctor?
While sweaty palms do not indicate an alarming problem, visit your doctor if,
1. Both your palms are excessively sweating all the time.
2. The sweaty palms do not improve even after using OTC products and home remedies.
3. Excessive sweating is interrupting your daily activities.
4. Sweaty palms make a sudden appearance, especially after the age of 25.
5. It is genetic.
Sweaty palms are not very rare. Many people experience excessive sweating of their hands due to various reasons like obesity, menopause, nervousness and other underlying diseases. If the excessive sweating is causing you trouble and affecting your regular activities, you can use the home remedies or OTC products mentioned. For severe cases, consult your doctor and choose appropriate professional treatment.
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