Do you find that your hands are often dripping in sweat? Maybe this bothers you on a daily basis, or perhaps you notice it the most when you're really nervous or anxious. In either case, sweaty hands can make you embarrassed and uncomfortable. Often, they are due to a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis, which is characterized by overactive sweat glands. You don't have to keep dealing with your hands slipping off doorknobs and making handshakes awkward. Here are four effective treatments for overly sweaty hands.
You've probably heard of Botox but as a beauty treatment. As it turns out, this injectable treatment is good for more than just adding volume to your lips and cheeks. It's also a good choice for hyperhidrosis. The treatment contains a toxin, known as botulinum toxin. It is safe as long as it is injected carefully by a professional, but it works to deactivate some of the sweat glands in the areas in which it is injected. It does so by interfering with the nerves that communicate with your sweat glands and tell them to release moisture.
Botox treatment services should only take a few minutes. Your doctor may first use a local anesthetic to numb your hands, so you'll barely feel a thing during the treatment process. Afterward, you may have some mild soreness, but nothing that will keep you from your daily activities. The effects will last a couple of months; you can contact your doctor for a repeat treatment when you notice that you're sweating excessively again.
If you would prefer not to have injections, another treatment option is iontophoresis. This treatment involves setting your hands in a pan of warm water, through which mild electricity is passed. You leave your hands in place for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, and the electricity passing through the water allows microscopic flecks of minerals to find their way into the ends of your sweat glands. This mineral buildup prevents sweat from leaving your sweat glands.
Ionophoresis needs to be performed daily to be effective. So, you will likely want to invest in your own ionophoresis machine if you decide to go this route.
3. Chiropractic Care
In some cases, visiting the chiropractor may help ease your excessive sweating. If your spine is out of alignment, it could be putting extra pressure on some of the nerves that control your sweat glands. Your chiropractor can relieve this pressure, allowing the nerves to function freely once again. Chiropractic care can also help lower your stress levels. Stress can make hyperhidrosis a lot worse, so dealing with stress through chiropractic care is a smart approach to manage sweating.
Chiropractic treatment is not usually a total cure, but it can ease your symptoms and is a good supplement to ionophoresis or Botox.
You won't want to just rub deodorant or an underarm antiperspirant on your hands. However, there are prescription antiperspirants that are made specifically for use on hands. They are gently scented or unscented, and you apply them just like you would a lotion. Often, the best time to apply an antiperspirant is at night before you go to bed. As you sleep, it will be absorbed into your skin and work to reduce the activity of your sweat glands.
Hands that sweat excessively can become quite an annoyance in your daily life. You don't have to keep dealing with this inconvenience, however. Talk to your doctor about Botox, antiperspirants, iontophoresis, and chiropractic care. They can help you figure out the right combination of treatments to meet your needs.