Palmar Hyperhidrosis (The Hands)

Palmar HyperhidrosisPalmar Hyperhidrosis is a common, non-life-threatening condition that affects men and women, occurring on the hands. This form of excessive sweating can be particularly distressing in many aspects of an individual’s daily life, including work-related activities. Sweaty hands can occur when meeting someone new for the first time and because of anxiety, stress and emotional turmoil.

Excessive sweating in the Palmar region is caused by hyperactivity of the sweat glands in the sympathetic nervous system. The interested glands are the eccrine sweat glands, also called merocrine glands, which are innervated by the sympathetic system. The eccrine sweat glands produce sweat, which is a clear, odourless substance, and is essentially made of water and NaCI. NaCI is reabsorbed in order to avoid excessive salt loss.

When a person gets agitated, the sympathetic nerve is stimulated and adrenaline is driven into the blood system. This increases heart rate and blood pressure and, as a response, the body produces sweat in order to control its temperature. However, people with Palmar Hyperhidrosis, will sweat in any situation, because their psychological sequences work at a higher level.

People who suffer from Palmar Hyperhidrosis usually hide their hands in their pockets or under their arms, due to the embarrassment of showing and shaking cold sticky hands that sometimes drip with sweat. They will also seldom need to use napkins to protect the sheets they are writing on and to frequently clean their keyboard, as it can get rather wet and slippery, which leads to make typos.

To help ease the prevalence of these symptoms, you may find our tips to combat excessive sweating rather useful.

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