Sweaty Palms, also known as Palmar Hyperhidrosis, is the most common form of Hyperhidrosis for those suffering from excessive sweating. Sweaty Palms is a clinical medical condition affecting patients in their day to day lives. Some of the common symptoms of Sweaty Palms include chills, nausea and other such signs.
HOW IS SWEATY PALMS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of this condition is done by a dermatologist who would observe the palm sweating through routine examinations.
HOW IS SWEATY PALMS TREATED?
Antiperspirants - deodorants do not stop sweating, but antiperspirants sprays do. Some prescription antiperspirants include aluminum chloride, which plugs the sweat glands.
Armpit shields - pads worn in the armpit to protect a garment from perspiration.
Clothing - certain synthetic fibers, such as nylon, may worsen symptoms. Loose clothing is better.
Shoes - synthetic materials are more likely to worsen symptoms. Natural materials, such as leather, are recommended.
Socks - some socks are better at absorbing moisture, such as thick, soft ones made of natural fibers.
If the measures mentioned above are not effective enough, a doctor may refer the patient to a skin specialist (dermatologist), who may recommend:
Iontophoresis - the hands and feet are submerged in a bowl of water. A painless electric current is passed through the water. Most patients need two to four 20-30 minute treatments.
Botulinum toxin (Botox injections) - Botox injections block the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. Patients with hyperhidrosis may need several injections for effective results.
Anticholinergic drugs - these medications inhibit the transmission of parasympathetic nerve impulses. Patients generally notice an improvement in symptoms within about 2 weeks.
ETS (Endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy) - this surgical intervention is only recommended in severe cases which have not responded to other treatments. The nerves that carry messages to the sweat glands are cut.
ETS may be used to treat hyperhidrosis of the face, hands or armpits. ETS is not recommended for treating hyperhidrosis of the feet because of the risk of permanent sexual dysfunction.
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Complications of hyperhidrosis
Nail infections: Especially toenail infections.
Warts: Skin growths caused by the HPV (human papillomavirus).
Bacterial infections: Especially around hair follicles and between the toes.
Heat rash (prickly heat, miliaria): An itchy, red skin rash that often causes a stinging or prickling sensation. Heat rash develops when sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under the skin.
Psychological impact: Excessive sweating can affect the patient's self-confidence, job, and relationships. Some individuals may become anxious, emotionally stressed, socially withdrawn, and even depressed.