Is there a treatment for my constant sweating palms?

I suffer from anxiety, and because of that my hands tend to be sweaty most of the time. To be honest, I would pay big money to take care of this inconvenience, but I know nothing about what treatment would work for me. I'm not even sure what kind of doctor I need to contact. Can anyone help, please? Thank you!


F, 31, Virginia

Tags:woman age 25-34 hands excessive sweating

I've suffered from sweaty palms for as long as I can remember. As I got older, my sweaty palms got worse. It's pretty embarrassing. Anytime I become stressed or nervous my palms are sweaty. Because I wanted to get a job in the business field, I really needed to find a way to deal with his issue.

I spoke to a physician who told me that I had several treatment options. There are a host of temporary solutions, like using baby powder and alcohol wipes, to deal with sweaty palms. I also could have tried oral medications. However, I didn't want to have to constantly take a medication and the side effects were not something that I wanted to experience. Botox shots were another option for me to consider. I thought the botulinum toxin was used to treat wrinkles, but apparently, it can also deal with excessive sweating. I choose Botox injections because of its long-term effects. I could have a couple of injections and the results would last up to a year.

I get very nervous in public settings, and yes, sometimes it causes me to break out in a heavy, stinky, wet body odor. It used to happen to me a lot more than it does now, but that’s because I got the right kind of medical treatment. I don’t think surgery or any sort of medicine is the answer to your issue. I started seeing a therapist who helped me get to the root of the reason why I would excessively sweat when around people. I uncovered some things about myself that I had no idea I was feeling. Seeing the therapist has helped curb this problem a lot, but for the times it ends up happening, I carry a handkerchief in my pocket. I just casually pull it out and give my face a quick wipe down. Maybe, you could do the same thing to help when your palms start to sweat.

I had excessive sweaty palms since I was a kid, and I couldn't stand it. While I was in college, I couldn't take notes without causing the sweat on my hands to blur the ink on the piece of paper. I didn't know what it was called or what my problem was, but I lived with it on a regular basis, and it complicated my life. I dreaded when someone would put their hand out to shake mine because I would have to decline or simply put my slimy, wet hand into their warm, dry hand. I tried to dry my hand first on my pant leg and then shake their hand, or I would apologize after I pulled my wet hand from their hand, but the humiliation was a common thing for me.

I was so happy when I figured out that I actually had a medical condition called palmar hyperhidrosis. My doctor prescribed a special prescription antiperspirant for my hands. I didn't get the results I wanted with this antiperspirant. I saw a dermatologist who gave me Botox injections as a hyperhidrosis treatment, which dramatically decreased sweat for about six months. My doctor numbed the area before injecting the Botox to reduce any discomfort. Different doctors can perform Botox but some specialize in the treatment of hyperhidrosis. miraDry is FDA approved for the treatment of underarms sweat and permanently reduces moisture in the underarms with one or two treatments. I'm considering miraDry therapy for my sweaty hands, but I am very happy with the Botox results.

I personally believe that getting disorders treated through surgery should be done as a last resort, especially if the problem can be treated without it. I use to suffer a similar problem because of my anxiety. I would sweat all over instead of just my palms. I really hated that sweating seemed to be my body’s natural reflex in the face of adversity – breaking out into a severe sweating always made the situation worse! I hated when people would notice and point it out. I found it terribly embarrassing. I eventually started seeing a psychiatrist who helped me through this problem. It didn’t work overnight and, it most definitely was not cheap, but it worked. One day, I realized I was upset but not sweating, and it felt pretty good. I strongly advise seeing someone who can help you work through this problem first before attempting other treatment options that may not work.

When I was a kid, my siblings did not want to hold hands with me because they said my hands were always wet. I used to get so embarrassed when I would have to wipe my hands before I would touch or shake someone else's. My hands would always be so damp. This not only happened to my hands but also to my feet. I eventually let my primary care doctor know about this. I was prescribed different medications and clinical strength creams, and was advised not to stress as much. I tried so many lotions, thinking the oil would block the sweat glands in my hands. Unfortunately, none of this helped me. I wish I could say it did, but I am still stuck with the same sweaty palms and constantly need to wipe my hands during the day.