It’s always embarrassing when you go to shake someone’s hand and realize the inside of your hands are soaking wet. Often times this leads to a sticky situation – do you wipe your hand on your pants? Do you apologize for your sweaty hands? Do you ignore it and hope you can still make a good impression?

Sweaty hands, or Palmar Hyperhidrosis, affects about 1% of the American population. Experts don’t know the exact reason for sweaty palms, but they believe it could be caused by a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system manages the “fight or flight” response that releases adrenaline, increases the heart rate, constricts blood vessels and controls sweating.

Sweaty palms is thought to be a malfunction within the sympathetic nervous system that causes excessive sweating when there doesn’t seem to be any reason for the response.

There are all sorts of treatments for Palmar Hyperhidrosis, including medications and surgical procedures, however, here are some easy tips and home remedies that can help attack sweaty palms without leaving you broke.

Tips for Controlling Sweaty Hands and Soggy Palms:

  • Avoid These Foods

    Watch what you eat. We’ve mentioned this before in previous posts on how to conquer excessive under arm sweating as well. If you suffer from Palmar Hyperhidrosis, it would be wise to stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and spicy foods. These types of foods raise your body temperature and your heart rate, which causes your sweat glands to perspire more than usual.

  • Use Hand Wipes

    Wiping your hands down with an alcoholic based hand wipe can temporarily shrink pores. This is a useful trick to try right before you know you’ll be in the midst of a lot of social interaction.

  • Sage Tea Soak

    One dermatologist recommended boiling a quart of water with five sage tea bags and when the solution is cooled, soak your palms in it for thirty minutes. Why sage tea? Well, sage tea has the ability to act as a natural antiperspirant because of the tannic acid which has astringent properties (meaning that it can constrict or shrink body tissues). You could also try drinking sage tea and work from the inside out.

  • Drink Water

    It’s very important that you drink lots of water. Drinking fluids can cool your core temperature and can lessen excessive sweating.

  • Try an Antiperspirant

    You know that antiperspirant you use for your armpits? Try using it on your hands. This was just one of the home remedies suggested by multiple sources. Though we have only test SweatBlock for the underarm, some of our customers who have used it for their hands, swear by this method.