Why Are My Hands Always So Sweaty?

Someone drying their hands with a napkinDuring stressful situations, people tend to notice a pattern of familiar symptoms: heart palpitations, tunnel vision, and sweaty palms. To a certain extent, we all may suffer from sweaty palms on occasion, whether anxiety or another factor is the trigger; however, those with hyperhidrosis may find themselves sweating so often that it interferes with their general comfort and daily lives. Hyperhidrosis is a condition which is characterized by excessive sweating in the hands, feet, underarms, or elsewhere. The disorder varies in severity, but in more advanced cases, sufferers may experience shame or embarrassment as a result of the abnormal sweating.

When hyperhidrosis affects specific areas, like the hands or feet, this is typically known as primary or focal hyperhidrosis. This often results from being overheated, physical activity, an emotional response, or hormones. If the condition causes excessive sweating in large areas or all over the body, this is known as secondary hyperhidrosis, which may be attributed to an underlying medical condition—such as autoimmune disorders (e.g. hypothyroidism), inflammatory disorders (e.g. gout), diabetes, or menopause—or medication side effects.

Although hyperhidrosis is considered a chronic condition, several treatments exist to curb these unwanted symptoms. Patients at our Dermlounge medical spa often notice a dramatic reduction in excessive sweating after receiving BOTOX® injections for hyperhidrosis. Just as BOTOX® Cosmetic can relax facial muscles to stop the development of wrinkles, BOTOX® injections can freeze the nerves that trigger the overactive sweat glands in patients with hyperhidrosis. The procedure is minimally invasive, and results often appear after around a week. 

If you believe you may be suffering from hyperhidrosis, you may be eligible for BOTOX® biannual treatment sessions to manage your condition. For more information about this option, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with our skilled team.