Why Do My Palms Always Feel Sweaty?

Everyone sweats when it’s hot outside, but people who have hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating to the point that moisture may literally drip from their hands.

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What are my hands so often sweaty?

Everyone sweats when it’s hot outside, but people who have hyperhidrosis experience excessive sweating to the point that moisture may literally drip from their hands. Hyperhidrosis causes them to sweat profusely even without cause.

Normally, your sweat glands produce perspiration that’s carried to the skin’s surface when the air temperature rises, you develop a fever, you’re exercising, or you’re feeling anxious, nervous, or under stress.

For the 1% to 2% of the population who have hyperhidrosis, however, the sweat glands don’t shut off. They sweat even when the circumstances don’t call for it: when they’re in air conditioning, or while they’re sitting and watching television. Some people even tell their doctors that they sweat in a swimming pool.

It’s proven and published that palmar hyperhidrosis has the most significant negative impact on patients’ lives of any dermatologic condition.

How can we prevent primary hyperhidrosis?
  • Over-the-counter or prescription-strength antiperspirants that contain aluminum
  • Medications called anticholinergics that affect the nerve signals to sweat glands
  • Apply antiperspirants at night before bed
  • Apply to completely dry skin
  • Never wrap or occlude your hands when you have antiperspirants on them. Doing that is a sure-fire way to seriously irritate your skin
How do we treat palm hyperhisrosis if antiperspirants don't give relief ?

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. Effects are lasting (about 6 months) but the injections can be painful. To help make the injections more comfortable, experienced medical professionals are turning to a simple icing and/or vibration technique, but be aware that discomfort during injections is a potential drawback of Botox treatment for palmar hyperhidrosis.