Sweaty Hands or excessive sweating of hands is medically referred to as Palmar Hiperhidrosis. Sweaty palms are one of the common epitomes of hiperhidrosis. Hands sweating in an excessive amount are caused by a syndrome called “hypersympathetic activity”. In simple words, excessively sweaty hands are the result of a hyper activity in the sympathetic chain. Sweaty hands hence are related to a part of the autonomic nervous system in the chest cavity.
The human body makes use of sweating as a device to regulate the temperature and keep the system running smoothly at normal temperature. Sweaty hands can be a nagging nuisance, affecting the patient’s social and functional life. Scientific research reveals sweaty hands and sweaty feet are genetic in 40% of the cases. Hands being sweaty usually start from early childhood; gradually the palms tend to get even more sweaty teenage and adulthood onwards.
According to the International Hyperhidrosis Society, the severity of sweaty hands of Palmar Hyperhidrosis can be categorized into three sub-groups.
- The first group consists of patients who have mild sweaty palms and hence face no serious social or functional problem.
- The second group consists of patients who have excessive sweaty hands, as much as wetness and dripping, hampering daily life.
- Hands sweating intensely so that preventive measures don’t help. This is the symptom in the last category of patients. They don’t seem to get a relief from sweaty hands even with medications like Drionic, Drysol, Maxim, Botox or any other oral medications.
Sweaty Hands or Palms: Treatment and Cure
The exact cause of sweaty palms is yet not known. Hands sweating excessively can be related to hyperactive nervous system. It may cause the sweat glands in the palms to produce sweat uselessly.
Sweaty palms can be successfully treated by the Thoracic Sympathectomy. Thanks to the recent advancements, sweaty palms can now be treated even with an Endoscopic Surgery. Sweaty palms can be cured by operation these days. A single or a couple of small incisions are made on each side of the chest cavity via which a fiber optic camera and other instruments are inserted. Hands can be devoid of sweat once the sympathetic chain is then eviscerated, coagulated, or obtruded. Sweaty hands can be cured this way and thus relieve the patient of all the untoward circumstances