If you constantly have sweaty hands and feet it can make you socially anxious and make you not want to come in contact with other people. Just the slightest touch can trigger your hands and feet to begin sweating immediately. This excessive sweating you experience tends to get even worse when you’re stressed out or emotional.
The reason the hands and feet sweat excessively is due to a medical condition called hyperhydrosis. Sufferers of this condition have overactive sweat glands in certain areas of their body – in this case primarily in the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
Palmar hyperhidrosis is the medical name for sweaty hands, and the exact cause of this problem is still debatable. However, most doctors strongly suggest that the sweat glands inside the hands will start to sweat excessively when the sympathetic nervous system becomes hyperactive.
Over a half of the sweat glands our bodies have can be found in our hands. These sweat glands are supposed to release sweat to help cool our body down when we our stress levels get high, when you perform some kind of physical activity, or when we’re exposed to hot temperatures.
However, when you are experiencing palmar hyperhidrosis your hands will begin to sweat uncontrollably for no reason at all. Sometimes the cause of this problem is due to genetics and normally starts early when the sufferer is just a child. As the sufferer grows older the condition often gets worse instead of getting better.
As you can imagine, excessive sweaty hands can have a very negative affect on a person’s life. People who suffer with palmar hyperhidrosis are always conscious of this problem and do their best to hide it from other people.
Some people dealing with this problem will feel a tingling feeling in their hands right before they start sweating uncontrollably. Some of the signs that will indicate your sweaty hands are a problem in your life include:
- You avoid handshakes
- You always have to wipe your hands
- Writing or handling money becomes difficult
- You have problems with initiating relationships
- You feel that you’re out of place socially
To treat this problem there are a number of things that can be done. However, the treatment option you use should depend mostly on how severe your sweating is.
You experience more perspiration than the average person.
- The sweating is so bad that you try not to be social.
- You find a way to not shake hands.
- You’re constantly wiping your hands (most of the time on your pants).
- A few hours after you take a shower your hands begin to sweat excessively.
- You have to wear gloves sometimes to control the sweating
- Your skin sometimes starts to peel and blisters sometimes develop due to the sweating.
- When you handle paper you leave wet handprints on it.
- As soon as you get done taking a shower your hands begin to sweat excessively.
Home remedies are usually the first line of defense against sweaty hands when the problem is not that severe. Try implementing a few of these home remedies I’ve listed below to stop palmar hyperhidrosis.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is one of the most beneficial things you can do to stop your hands from sweating excessively. Simply wash your hands thoroughly with some soap and allow the cold water to cool down the temperature in your hands and prevent them from sweating. Applying alcohol based sanitizer on your hands will also help to keep your hands cool and dry.
Drysol is a product often used to control excessive underarm sweating. However, you can use this prescription antiperspirant on your hands and feet too. Right before you go to sleep at night apply the drysol on your hands and watch how dry they get. It’s recommended to apply this treatment at night because it could irritate your skin, which is not what you want to have to deal with during the day as you are going about your day.
Drink Sage Tea
Sage is beneficial herb for hyperhidrosis sufferers because it can help to decrease how much you sweat by up to 50%. It’s the astringent properties in sage tea that gives it the ability to dry out oils and stop moisture from being released by your skin. Simply boil a cup of water on the stove and add some sage leaves to the boiling water.
Allow this mixture to steep for 5 to 10 minutes and then drink it once it’s cool. Another way to use sage is to soak your hands in it. Simply fill a bowl with some hot water and add some sage tea bags to it. Let your hands soak in this solution for at least 20 minutes. The astringent properties in the tea will go to work preventing sweat from escaping your hands.
Since we normally sweat when our temperature rises, it’s a good idea to try and stay as cool as possible by drinking some water. The more water you drink the cooler your body will be, which is one of the best things you can do if your suffer from excessive sweating.
Stay Away From Spicy Foods
Spicy foods are known to trigger excessive sweating. Stay away from hot foods like peppers and curry. By switching your diet to more green vegetables and drinking more sage tea you should start to see better results.
Baking soda is known to help reduce sweating because it’s an alkaline, while your sweat is an acid. Simply dissolve the baking soda in a little warm water and dip your hands in it and allow them to soak for 10 to 15 minutes.
The alkaline property in baking soda will help to keep your hands dry by reacting with the sweat. Other than baking powder you can also try using talcom powder and cornstarch for your palmar hyperhidrosis. Talcom powder and cornstarch works by absorbing extra moisture.
Keep in mind that if you suffer from mild to moderate sweaty hands then the remedies mentioned above may help you a whole lot. However, some people have had a lot of success with utilizing medical treatments to keep their palmar hyperhidrosis under control.
It’s mostly severe and some moderate cases of this condition that have to resort to medical treatments. These treatments identified below can be expensive to administer and can cause some side effects.
These medications are prescription drugs that help prevent excessive sweating by blocking acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a chemical messenger in your body that stimulates the sweat glands on your body. However, some sufferers will experience adverse effects when they take anticholinergic as a treatment (vision problems & dry mouth), which is why they aren’t advised to be used as a long term solution.
Iontophoresis is a treatment where the sufferer will need to place their sweaty hands into the plate or bowls. Mineral water fills these plates or bowls and then they are connected to an Iontophoresis electromagnetic device.
Light electric pules are delivered through the mineral water. This prevents you from sweating because the minerals will begin to bond and briefly change the nature of your sweat pores.
However, this treatment procedure can be time consuming, as you will have to use the iontophoresis machine several times during a week. The electric current being distributed through the water can cause be painful.
Some long time sufferers end up investing in their own Iontophoresis machine so they can use it in their home. However, the equipments for this machine can be a little on the expensive end.
ETS Surgical Procedure
ETS or also known as endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that will interrupt the sympathetic nerves. In the thoracic cavity from T1 to T12 these nerves have 12 different segments. When the sympathetic nerves are found in the thoracic cavity by the surgeon they will be cut, resected, or clamped.
When the surgeon clamps down on the sympathetic nerves the pressure will interrupt the nerve signals through the sympathetic nerves, which will prevent sweating.
Resecting is where segments of the sympathetic nerves are removed by the surgeon. This form of ETS can cause the most side effects.
During this surgical procedure the sympathetic nerves are cut using scissors.
The medical name for sweaty feet is plantar hyperhidrosis and it almost always occurs with people who also suffer from excessive sweating of the hands. An overactive sympathetic nervous system is believed to be the cause of excessive sweating just like with sweaty hands.
Compared to sweaty hands or palms, excessive feet sweating is not as obvious but can still cause a lot of problems. Sufferers of sweaty feet often find that their shoes get easily damaged, sandals are too uncomfortable to wear, their feet constantly smeel bad, and their feet are more prone to developing fungal infections such as plantar warts and athlete’s foot.
Symptoms of Foot Sweating:
- Itching Sensation on Your Feet
- Toenail Fungus
- Foot Odor
- Skin Problems
- The Need to Change Socks Regularly Throughout the Day
It’s not required for you to go and see your doctor to treat excessive feet sweating unless the sweating becomes very excessive or if OTC treatments aren’t helping. When you see your doctor he or she will most likely recommend improving your hygiene, changing your socks to ones only made with natural fiber, and wearing sandals that will allow your feet to be in the open so it can be exposed to the air. Also, the doctor may recommend avoiding man-made fibers and synthetic shoes because they can make the feet sweat even more.
Home Remedies for Sweaty Feet
Home remedies are usually the first line of defense against excessive foot sweating. Keep in mind when you treat sweaty feet your goal is not only to stop the sweating but to also stop the foot odor that’s associated with it too.
Sage tea has certain properties that can help stop the sweat glands in your feet from releasing sweat. You’ll need to fill up a basin with hot water and then put some sage tea bags in it. Allow the tea bags to soak for a while and then place your feet inside the water.
Soak your feet in this mixture for at least 15 minutes before removing and drying your feet off. The tea will help prevent excessive sweating and the stop the bad odor.
To help stop smelly feet odor and sweaty feet you can also use baking soda. Add a generous amount of baking soda to a basin full of hot water. Stir the baking soda in the water until it completely dissolves. Now place your feet in the basin and allow them to soak in the mixture for at least 15 minutes.
Vinegar is one of the most popular home remedies for treating excessive sweating on various areas on the body naturally, and your feet are no exception. You can use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for this home remedy. Fill up a basin with warm water and then add at least a half cup of vinegar to it.
Mix the vinegar into the water and then place your feet in the mixture. Allow your feet to soak for at least 15 minutes before you remove them and dry them off. The vinegar will help to reduce how much your feet sweat and help get rid of foot odor.
Rubbing alcohol is an effective way to prevent mild to moderate foot sweating. The alcohol will also help to get rid of the smelly foot odor too. Before you apply the rubbing alcohol you need to wash your feet properly and dry them off.
Apply the rubbing alcohol using a cotton ball or your hands, and make sure you get in between your toes and on the bottom of your feet. If your feet has any cracks or cuts you should think twice before using this remedy if you don’t like pain, because when the alcohol gets into these cracks or open cuts it will burn.
Medical treatment for sweaty feet are normally reserved for when the condition is severe. Due to expense and the risks associated with these following treatments it’s best to only resort to them if all else has failed.
Systemic anticholinergics are often used to treat plantar hyperhirosis, even though there is no medication made specifically for treating excessive sweating. Sufferers who use these oral medications for their condition often experience adverse side effects like dry mouth, dry throat, and drowsiness.
Also known as botolinum toxin, botox can help stop excessive foot sweating by paralyzing the nervous activity of the sweat ducts. This treatment procedure is often used for treating excessive sweating in other areas like the armpits, but it can be very painful when used for the feet. Botox can be very expensive and the effects it provides can be brief.
This treatment method works by briefly plugging up the sweat ducts by passing a dosage of electrical current through your wet feet. You will need to submerge your feet in water or sometimes damp pads will be attached to your feet, and then an electrical current will be administered for about half an hour.
This will make the sweat glands get blocked, which will decrease the rate of sweating. You’ll need several sessions of Iontophoresis, and this electrical current can be painful.
Edoscopic Lumbar Sympathectomy
This procedure involves making some very small incisions in the flank, and then the lower lumbar sympathectic chain are cut.
In order to effectively stop sweaty hands and feet you need to first determine how severe of a problem you’re dealing with. Start off with preventative measures, then home remedies, and then turn to more expensive medical treatments if nothing else works.