Diaphoresis an excessive, abnormal sweating in relation to your environment and level of activity. Excessive, uncontrollable sweating of the hands or palms, is called (sweaty hands) palmar hyperhidrosis. This medical condition is an extremly stressful, and confidence-losing and an embarrassing issue. It will surely impact on your social life as it will ruin your paperwork in your office and will affect your career as well. It’s proven and published that palmar hyperhidrosis has the most significant negative impact on patients’ lives of any dermatologic condition. However the good news is that there are a number of treatment options available.
The first line-of-defense against sweaty palms is an antiperspirant, hence, you can use antiperspirants on your hands. Antiperspirants are non-invasive, topical (applied on top of your skin),
Antiperspirants are available in a number of different strengths including “regular”, “clinical strength” and prescription products. You may have already tried the mildest formulations (“regular” over-the-counter products) and if it did give you the desired results you can go for the stronger formulation. However any antiperspirant that want to try should be first consulted with your doctor.
To get maximum effectiveness from the antiperspirant you must know how to use it. Some of the thing to remember are:
- Apply to completely dry skin
- Apply antiperspirants at night before bed
- Never wrap your hands when you have antiperspirants on them. This may seriously irritate your skin.
If antiperspirants don’t work or don’t give you the desired results, your next option can be iontophoresis.
Iontophoresis can give you relief from the unnecessary sweat. It is very much effective and has better success rates. The doctors use a medical device to perform iontophoresis.
The device utilizes pans of water to conduct a mild electrical current through the skin’s surface.
How it works- It is believed that the electric current and mineral particles in the water work together to microscopically thicken the outer layer of the skin, which blocks the flow of sweat to the skin’s surface. Once this sweat output is blocked or interrupted, sweat production on the palms and soles is, often suddenly, “turned off”. You should consult an experienced and specialist doctor for this treatment
Another treatment option for sweaty palms is Botox (also known as onabotulinumtoxinA). An experienced medical professional can inject Botox into your palms to dramatically reduce sweating. The use of Botox for the treatment of hyperhidrosis must be taken only after you consult the physician who is familiar with hyperhidrosis.
Botox works by preventing the release of a chemical that signals the sweat glands to activate and the results may lost long for almost 12 months.
While most people find that antiperspirants, iontophoresis, Botox injections, or a custom combination of these are enough to manage excessive hand sweating, there are those who seek a more definitive course of action.