Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by the excessive production of sweat. Palmar Hyperhidrosis is Hyperhidrosis that affects the palms and sometimes the soles of the feet. This can be a debilitating condition and it can affect a person’s ability to work and it can also lead to awkward social situations.
The exact cause of the condition is unknown but it is an observed familial trait. Also, before a patient is diagnosed with having the condition, other problems will have to be ruled out and these include hyperthyroidism, which is an endocrine disorder causing excessive sweating.
The problem is not a nervous issue and is instead associated with an overactive sympathetic nervous system. It is estimated to occur in about 1% of the population.
Palmar Hyperhidriosis Symptoms
Excessive palm sweating is the main symptom of Hyperhidrosis. This should be differentiated from nervous palm sweating as this occurs without any stressful stimuli. When this occurs in kids, parents may observe the following:
- Overly sweaty and cold hands
- Trouble holding on to things or the kid may appear seemingly clumsy and can always be dropping toys and objects.
Adults can have some of the following problems:
- Difficulty writing as the pen keeps slipping out of the hand.
- Difficult handling intricate tools and objects because of excessive sweating.
- Trouble gripping equipment at work.
- Have trouble with social situations, especially with meeting new people where handshaking is necessary.
With palm Hyperhidrosis, the over sweating may be associated with environmental heat or stress, but for the most part, it will happen for no particular reason.
Palmar Hyperhidrosis Treatment
There are a number of treatment options for patients who are suffering from Hyperhidrosis, these include:
- Antiperspirants. There are several over-the-counter antiperspirants that can be applied to the skin of the palms overnight and removed in the morning. These will usually work for patients who have a less severe form of Hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants with alum can also be used. Some patients will prefer to carry antiperspirant sprays with them daily.
- Medicines. Anticholinergic drugs can help keep the over sweating at bay. These can reduce sweating, but also has a number of unwanted side effects, including dry mouth.
- Surgery. This works by cutting the nerves responsible for the over sweating. Doing this as treatment for the hands may also help to reduce Hyperhidrosis of the feet. Surgery is not done often because it can be a complicated procedure and can require several incisions. As a complication of surgery, patients may also experience compensatory Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in other parts of the body.