Remedies for Sweaty Hands (Palmar Hyperhidrosis)

Picture this…

You walk into an important interview. The interviewer reaches out for a first-impression hand shake. But wait… your hands are wet… and sweat-soaked. Your nerves have betrayed you. What do you do?

A) Leave them hanging while you dry your hands on your pants?

B) Shake and share the sweat, then awkwardly exchange greetings as the interviewer wipes YOUR sweat onto their pants?

This lose/lose scenario plays like an episode of Fear Factor; you’re faced with the choice of drinking a slug smoothie or eating giant spiders. Both choices stink and both leave you feeling sick.

The negative effects of sweaty handshakes and slippery hand holding can be significant.

What Causes Sweaty Palms?

Most people experience sweaty palms during stressful situations, physical exertion (sports, weight lifting, climbing, video gaming), or higher than normal temperatures. When you get stressed or engage in intense physical activity, your body temperature will rise. Your sweat glands will release that extra heat via sweat on your skin. Your palms don’t get a pass on this cooling process.

But for some, the sweating can be excessive and uncontrollable. This type of sweating is classified as Palmar Hyperhidrosis.

What is Palmar Hyperhidrosis?

Sweaty hands (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.

In the simplist of terms… Palmar Hyperhidrosis is caused by an unexplainable malfunciton of your sympathetic nervous system.

How to Stop Sweaty Hands

The good news is there are treatments available. The bad news is that most hyperhidrosis treatments are expensive and painful.

Don’t worry though… there are alternative, less expensive treatments out there.

So before you invest in Botox, Surgery, or medications, check out some of these tips and remedies for sweaty hands:

Avoid These Foods

Avoid these foods to reduce sweaty hands
Did you know that food can impact your sweat levels? Certain foods will increase your sweating, other foods will make you sweat less. If you have sweaty hands or suffer from Palmar Hyperhidrosis, you’ll want to avoid caffiene, alcoholic beverages, spicy foods and fatty, fried foods. These food types will raise your body temperature and heart rate. When your body temperature goes up, you’ll naturally perspire more.

Alcohol Based Hand Wipes

Alcohol Hand Wipes for Hand Sweat
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.

Antiperspirant for Hands

Antiperspirant for Sweaty Hands.
This remedy is simple, inexpensive, and likely the most effective tip on this list. Carpe Hand Lotion is the best sweaty hand treatment we’ve found AND it won’t brake the bank. Gamers, professionals, athletes, weight lifters, climbers and nervous sweaters love this stuff. How does it work? Just dab Carpe on your palms 1-3 times a day to keep your hands dry and avoid potentially embarrassing situations.

Sage Tea Soak

Sage Tea Soak for Sweaty Hands
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

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