Treatment for sweating of hands

Palmar hyperhidrosis is the medical name for the sweating of the hands. Sweating is normal in certain situations, for example when it is hot, when you are nervous, anxious or during and after exercise, but for some people, sweating is a problem because it happens outside of normal times and this can affect their social and work lives. People with sweaty hands may feel conscious around other people and they may find actions like holding or shaking someone's hand very daunting.

What to do if you suffer from Palmar hyperhidrosis

If you suffer from sweaty hands, do not suffer in silence and arrange to see your doctor. Your GP will be able to offer advice and if changes to your lifestyle do not make any difference, they can refer you to a specialist dermatologist for treatment.

Treatments for Palmar hyperhidrosis

There are various treatments available for excessive sweating, however, not all of them are suitable for all parts of the body. Botox can be used for the hands, but it is not usually recommended because the injections may be uncomfortable and the results are short-term. Iontophoresis is sometimes used for palmar hyperhidrosis, but it is only a temporary measure and therefore surgery may be preferred. ETS (endoscopic transthoracic sympathectomy) may be used as a permanent solution for palmar hyperhidrosis, which is extremely effective (around 99%), but it is an invasive procedure and therefore should not be undertaken lightly.