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How to Stop Sweaty Hands Fast - 9 Tips

Updated on September 18, 2013
Learn the different ways to stop sweaty hands.
Learn the different ways to stop sweaty hands. | Source

Sweaty Hands

Having sweaty hands can be extremely frustrating. You have to carry a hanky or tissue wherever you go to wipe away excess sweat. In some cases, the sweating is too much that gripping something becomes an unusually difficult challenge. Not to mention, sweaty hands is an embarrassing problem. You make excuses to avoid shaking hands with people. You might even feel ashamed to hold hands with your partner.

While you can’t eliminate sweating completely, there are ways to control it. Find out how to stop sweaty hands using home remedies and medical treatments.

What Causes Sweaty Hands?

Some people believe that sweaty hands are caused by nervousness and anxiety. However, there are cases where your hands still sweat even if you aren’t nervous or anxious.Palmar hyperhidrosis, the medical term for sweaty hands, is actually caused by the malfunctioning of the sympathetic nervous system. It stimulates the sweat glands and makes them produce more sweat.

9 Steps to Stop Sweaty Hands Fast

1. Use cornstarch or talcum powder.

Smear cornstarch or talcum powder between your palms. These home remedies soak up moisture and helps control sweating of your hands. Be careful when trying this method though, as it can make the condition worse when abused. If you do not see any improvement, stop doing this method immediately.

2. Use an antiperspirant.

Try applying an antiperspirant to stop sweaty hands. Choose an antiperspirant that contains at least 15% aluminum chloride hexahydrate. This blocks the pores and reduces excessive sweating. Apply an antiperspirant at night then wash it off in the morning.

3. Carry a hanky.

A good clean hanky comes in handy when trying to control sweaty hands. You can put a handkerchief in each pocket so you can wipe both of your hands quickly in case the need arises. You can also use alcohol hand wipes. The alcohol dries the sweat on your hands. Just remember that too much alcohol can cause excessive dryness.

4. Avoid triggers.

Some people suffering from sweaty hands may find that some things trigger the sweating. The most common triggers include spicy foods, alcohol, stress, and certain drugs. Be cautious and take note which causes you to sweat profusely.

5. Reduce stress and anxiety.

Sweating is a natural response to stress and anxiety. Try to reduce stress by learning relaxation techniques, biofeedback, and having enough rest every day.

6. Take oral medications.

You can ask your doctor for prescription drugs that help stop sweaty hands fast. These medications control the production of sweat. You can also try an antidepressant drug if the cause of your sweaty hands is stress or other psychological problems. Remember to consult your doctor and ask for advice on which medication is best for you.

7. Get Botox injections.

Botox injections help reduce sweating by blocking the release of neurotransmitters that are responsible for the production of sweat. Take note that Botox is effective in stopping sweaty hands for several months at a time. This means that you have to get another injection after the effect is gone.

8. Try Iontophoresis.

Iontophoresis is an effective treatment for sweaty hands and feet. This involves placing the hands in a pan of water. A device then sends electric currents through the water. This procedure is repeated for 5-10 days depending on the severity of the condition or until the sweating has been reduced to a comfortable level. Iontophoresis should not be an option for people with epilepsy, heart disease and pregnant women.

9. Consider Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (EST).

EST is a surgical procedure that involves the snipping of the portion of the sympathetic nerve that is responsible for the sweating of the hands and feet. This will not affect the sweating on other parts of the body. Consider this as a last resort to stop sweaty hands.

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    • Cliff Mendrez profile image

      Cliff Mendrez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi cheerfulnuts! I'm glad you no longer suffer from sweaty hands. Maybe the times when your hands sweat are just due to nervousness or anxiety? In any case, I hope the tips in this hub will be of help to you. Thank you for reading!

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      cheerfulnuts 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello Cliff. My hands used to sweat all the time. It was annoying. But I think my hands have improved now. Sometimes they're sweaty, sometimes they're not, and sometimes they're very dry. To be honest, I'd rather have sweaty hands than dry hands. Dryness makes my hands very rough (it makes me really embarrassed to hold hands with anyone!).

      Good information by the way.:D