Sweaty Palms and Armpits

Sweaty palms or Palmar Hyperhidrosis is the physical condition in which undesirable, excessive hand sweating happens. Armpit Hyperhidrosis refers to excessive sweating of the armpits. These conditions may lead to feelings of anxiety and depression, social embarrassment and hinder one’s professional ability to carry out certain jobs (for example difficulty in handling paper, tools, electronic equipment, as well as avoiding handshakes).

Sweaty palms may be the result of various factors. Primary hyperhidrosis – the most common form of hyperhidrosis – occurs when the nerves stimulating your sweat glands become overactive. The problem becomes worse with stress and nervousness. Sometimes, excessive sweating may be due to a certain medical condition. These conditions include:

  • Diabetes
  • Menopause hot flashes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low blood sugar
  • Heart attack
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Infections

Sweaty Palms and Armpits Treatment

When your armpit or palmar hyperhidrosis condition cannot be managed successfully with topical agents like antiperspirants, we recommend that you seek professional treatment. There are temporary solutions and permanent surgical solutions. The most common treatment method is injecting purified protein derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

These injections, administered in tiny therapeutic doses, can treat severe sweating affecting the palms and armpits. They stop the release of a chemical messenger, and this temporarily blocks nerve transmissions in the skin which stimulate sweating. This is a popular treatment which is well-tolerated by most people, with effects generally lasting around 6 months for palmer and 4 to 14 months for armpit hyperhidrosis.