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Reasons why People Experience Sweaty Palms and Some Possible Home Remedies

Updated on January 23, 2017

Reasons for sweaty palms

Sweaty palm syndrome
Sweaty palm syndrome

Sweaty palm syndrome

Did you know that the average human being has between two to five million sweat glands all over his/her body, except in the ear canals, the genitals and lips? And did you know that of the parts of the body, the bottom of the feet has the most sweat glands, whereas the back has the least?

Indeed, these are amazing truths about the human body, and they tell us a lot about the importance of sweating. While sweating is the body’s own way of cooling itself, the process can be unfavorable; especially, when you sweat at the wrong places at the wrong time. In this post, we’ll explore the reasons why some people experience sweaty palms and some possible home remedies for the condition. To commence, let’s examine what sweaty palms is.

What is sweaty palms syndrome?

Sweaty palms, medically known as palmar hyperhidrosis, is a condition where one sweats excessively on the palms. The condition affects roughly one to two percent (1-2%) of the world’s population.

A square inch of skin on the palm contains about three thousand small sweat glands; and there are many more on the skin in general. Normally, when your body gets heated up as a result of changes in weather or physical activity, the sweat glands extract water from your blood. The extracted water is then expelled through the pores of your skin, so that your body can cool down. This is why we sweat in the first place. For others, however, sweating is profuse even when they haven’t indulged in any physical activity per se. This form of over sweating, when it occurs on the palms, can make life very uncomfortable.

More often than not, people suffering from sweaty palms find it very embarrassing when they have to shake hands at social gatherings; let’s face it, no one likes to come into contact with another’s sweat. Moreover, sweat can be a medium through which certain diseases, like hepatitis, can be transmitted to another. Also, activities such as typing on a keyboard, opening the knob of a door, holding a piece of paper and so on are difficult to perform when one has sweaty palms. Therefore sweaty palms are a problem that must be tackled.

Causes of sweaty palms

So what causes sweaty palms? We experience sweaty palms because the sweat glands in the palms refuse to shut off, causing sweat even when the conditions around us don’t call for it. Currently, we do not know exactly what causes the sweat glands to become over reactive, but a few theories have been elicited. First, sweaty palms could be a genetic condition that is inherited from a member of the family. Believe it or not, we are, in some ways, direct photocopies of our parents; therefore, any condition that they have is likely to be transferred onto us.

Another reason why the palms could be sweaty is our emotional status. We may be in a state of anxiety, tension or fear, and our bodies may react by producing more sweat. I have known a few friends whose palms began to sweat profusely upon hearing that they were to be punished for breaking school rules. Perhaps, the very thought of intense punishment generated a response in the form of sweaty palms.

Lastly, sweaty palms could also be a symptom of an underlying condition such as: infections and side effects to certain medications. It is therefore important to find out if your sweaty palms are just sweaty palms, which aren’t necessarily harmful, or it is a symptom of some disease.

Drink enough water

Drinking enough water helps relieve sweaty palms syndrome
Drinking enough water helps relieve sweaty palms syndrome

Remedies for sweaty palms

Drink enough water

What are some remedies for sweaty palms? First on the list is by drinking lots of water. Drinking two to three liters of safe water per day can go a long way to ameliorate sweaty palms. Water works because part of the reason why our palms sweat in the first place is heat. When there’s too much heat in the body, the body cools down itself by causing the sweat glands to extract fluid from the blood, and eliminating the fluid through the pores of the skin. Water does a great job of cooling the body from within; think of an overheated car engine that cools down after water is poured into it.

Drink green tea

Another remedy for sweaty palms is green tea. This tea is famous for its rich antioxidant content that helps in the fight against many diseases and unnecessary cell damage. Regarding sweaty palms, however, even the most aberrant of sweat glands will fall back in line when you drink one to two cups of green tea every day.

Green tea helps in tackling the problem simply because it closes the pores of the skin and eliminates excess oils and moisture on the skin that allows sweat to pass through. You can also make some green tea ice cubes and hold them in your palms for some time to achieve the same effect.

Soak palms in sage tea

Finally, soaking your hands in sage tea for a couple of days can treat sweaty palms. Sage is a herb that is native to the Mediterranean region, and it is known for its soothing aroma. Place two or three sage tea bags into warm water and allow the tea bags to be thoroughly soaked by the water. Place your hands in the water for twenty minutes. Do this every day, and your sweaty palms will be treated. Sage tea works because it causes the skin tissues to contract, thereby eliminating excess oils from the skin, and preventing sweat for some days.

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