Sweaty hands can present a big problem, especially when you are in a situation where you must shake hands with people. You may pretend that you don’t notice the other person discretely wiping his hand on his suit after shaking hands with you, but you want to die of embarrassment. The medical name for overly sweaty hands is palmar hyperhidrosis. Fortunately, you can treat sweaty hands with both home remedies and medical solutions. It may require constant effort, but you’ll be rid of your embarrassment.
Wash your hands often. Use soap and hot water. This can dry your hands out, reducing oils, but it doesn’t always cure sweaty palms.
Hold wet teabags in your hands for 15 minutes each day. Choose real tea, not herbal. The tannins in tea can shrink your pores, which can reduce the amount of sweat that’s allowed to come through.
Relax. You’ve probably noticed that your sweaty palms are worse when you’re nervous. Using relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation, can ease your nerves and reduce your sweating.
Use an antiperspirant on your hands. You may find success with a general antiperspirant, but be sure to choose one that doesn’t have an odor. However, most people turn to a prescription antiperspirant, such as Drysol or Xerac, which you can apply on your hands.
Talk to your doctor about medical solutions. Your doctor may be able to perform a surgery that can stop your sweaty hands. She may also suggest treatment by iontophoresis, which is an electrical current, anticholinergic drugs, which block the hormone that stimulates sweat production, or Botox injections.
- Baby powder or cornstarch can make your problems worse by mixing with sweat to form a paste on your hands.
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