Palmar hyperhidrosis sounds complicated, but simply means sweaty palms; a condition that makes everyday tasks difficult and embarrassing. Most suffer from it during important and nerve-wracking situations or when winter knocks on the door. When this condition occurs regularly and when it prevents you from living a normal life, it is time to seek professional help. The good news is that this problem is treatable.
Is it normal to have sweaty hands?
According to Dr. Sunita, it is completely normal to have moist or clammy hands during times of stress. She says that most of us suffer with this sensation and some people aren’t even aware that they are living with palmar hyperhidrosis. Perspiration is a common way to cool the body and eliminate toxins. Most people notice this problem during puberty. Both men and women can have sweaty palms. It can occur from morning to night and in hot or cold conditions as well. The most frustrating problem in this situation is the difficulty involved in grabbing something or while meeting people, because there is absolutely no control over sweating. But, it is a sign of concern when palmar hyperhidrosis means sweat literally dripping from the palm rather than normal moist, clammy palms.
The different levels of palmar hyperhidrosis
Palm sweating may be mild or very severe. Depending on the type and frequency of sweating, here are the three levels of palmar hyperhidrosis:
Mild sweating – Here the palm sweating is more than the average person's. Usually moist and clammy hands are noticed, which can be treated by patting a little talcum powder.
Moderate sweating – The sweating is more than the first level. The frequency of constantly wiping your hands on your pants is increased, as the hands are more wet and damp.
Severe sweating – Here you can literally notice sweat dripping from your hands. You leave wet handprints everywhere. Sometimes, it is accompanied with blisters and peeling skin.
How can you control it?
If the condition isn’t too severe, you can try the following steps to live easier with sweaty hands:
• Use talcum powder to dry your hands when you feel the sweatiness increasing.
• Use an unscented antiperspirant during the day and night.
• Carry along a pack of soft tissues to dry your hands, wherever you go.
• If none of the above methods give you relief, then immediately consult a doctor.
Is there a permanent treatment available?
Different treatments and cures to treat sweaty hands have become more common and are readily available in the market. After seeking medical help, your doctor may advice some proactive measures like baby powder or some oral medications. If these options still fail to provide relief, other options available -based on your doctor's advice- could involve surgical treatment or injecting of chemicals to provide relief from sweaty palms.
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