The medical term for sweaty hands or wet hands is “Hyperhidrosis Palmaris.” Those who suffer from sweaty palms are often exposed to a great deal of psychological suffering, since their always wet hands can have a significant impact on daily life, both socially and functionally. Just shaking hands in greeting becomes an embarrassment for those affected. But also everyday work and activities, such as B. typing on the keyboard, touching documents or newspapers, even holding a cup or a glass, is a problem for people with sweaty hands.
Most of the people suffering from “Hyperhidrosis Palmaris” are adolescents or young adults. And this does not mean those who get wet hands during excitement, before exams or in a stressful situation. Almost every one of us knows that. A permanent type of hyperhidrosis (sweating) can lead to psychological stress. Most often, those affected try to hide their sweating hands from others.
Symptoms of sweaty hands (hyperhidrosis palmaris):
The following signs indicate excessive sweating of the hands:
The palms are wet and form again immediately after drying.
The palms are pink.
The palms of your hands sweat so much that the sweat drips from your hands.
Causes of sweaty hands (hyperhidrosis palmaris)
The roots of sweaty palms can be very diverse and, therefore, often difficult to determine. For example, a metabolic disorder, but also lead to sweaty hands from an infectious disease. Side effects of medication can also be the causes of this.
Sweaty hands (Hyperhidrosis Palmaris), which occur due to hyperactive sweat glands, are genetically determined in 50% of all those affected. With increasing age, the overproduction of the sweat glands usually decreases. Waiting for this is not an alternative for those affected so that they often take various therapies to combat or at least reduce sweating.
Treatment for sweaty hands (Hyperhidrosis Palmaris)
Iontophoresis: A well-known method for fighting sweaty palms is the so-called “tap water iontophoresis.” The hands are put on metal plates for up to 30 minutes, which are connected to a weak direct current of a maximum of 40 V. This temporarily closes the sweat glands and inhibits perspiration.
In iontophoresis, hands immerse in flat, half-filled plastic tubs that contain electrodes connect to a generator via cables. A treatment lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Initially, patients should go to the clinic for iontophoresis at least three times a week. After that, once or twice a week is enough. Patients can then have an iontophoresis machine prescribed and use it at home. After a few treatments, the patient notices that sweating reduce
s. A healthy condition often manifests after half a year. If the patients stop the therapy with the water baths, the sweat secretion increases again after three to six weeks. Some doctors fear that the effects of iontophoresis will wear off over time, even with regular use. For this reason, tap water iontophoresis is usually the method of choice for hands when the aluminum chloride preparations fail. The patient holds his hands in two tubs filled with tap water. A slight direct current flows through the water, which irritates the ion channels of the sweat glands. “After five to ten treatments, sweating is reduced. This method works in 90 percent of all patients,” explains Raulin.