How to cure sweaty hands?
Why do my hands sweat?
How to cure sweaty hands? We often get sweaty palms in stressful situations, when we’re nervous or excited. This is because eccrine sweat glands are highly concentrated in the hands, forehead and feet. They’re connected to our sympathetic nervous system, which kicks in when we’re stressed.
Some people who have hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, find they only sweat heavily on the palms of their hands. This condition is called palmar hyperhidrosis. It may be present at birth, but mostly starts to occur in adolescence. For some people the problem goes away, while others experience it all their lives.
- Wash your hands. Sweaty hands don’t dry up on their own, so you’ll have to wash them more often than most people do in order to keep them dry. Wash them when the amount of sweat starts to bother you, then thoroughly dry them off with a towel or washcloth.
- When you aren’t washing up for dinner or after using the bathroom, it’s fine to use plain water, rather than soapy water, to wash your hands. This way you’ll avoid drying out the skin on the back side of your hands from using too much soap.
- Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizer (not antibacterial) for the times when you can’t get to a sink to wash your hands. A squirt of alcohol works to temporarily dry up the sweat.
- Carry a cloth or a package of paper towels so you can wipe off your hands when you need to. Use them before situations when you’ll be shaking hands with someone.
- To cool your hands down quickly when you aren’t at home, find a bathroom and run them under cold water, then dry them thoroughly with a paper towel.
- Avoid getting too hot in the first place, if possible. Don’t use a heater unless it’s absolutely necessary, and turn down the thermostat in your room.
3. Sprinkle some powder on your hands. If you’re at home and don’t mind your hands looking a little white, sprinkle them with a powder to temporarily absorb the sweat. This can come in handy if your sweaty hands inhibit daily activities like lifting weights, jumping rope or complete chores that require a tight grip. Try the following types of powder:
- Baby powder, either scented or unscented.
- Baking soda or corn starch.
- Don’t use items that cause more sweating to occur. Keeping your hands free of articles of clothing and products that inhibit air flow will cause your hands to stay moist, rather than naturally getting the chance to dry. Avoid the following items whenever possible:
- Gloves, mittens and other items that cover your hands. Wear them when it’s freezing outside, of course, but avoid wearing gloves indoors or in situations where they aren’t necessary. Gloves are effective if you want to hide the sweatiness of your hands, but they’ll keep your hands so warm that they’ll sweat more than usual.
- Petroleum-based lotions and other skin products. Petroleum jelly is used by people with dry skin to seal in moisture, and it has the same effect on sweaty skin. Petroleum jelly can prevent your sweat from drying and cause your hands to become greasy. The same goes for coconut oil and other cosmetic oils used to hold moisture against skin.
2. Start using an antiperspirant. You may not think to use an antiperspirant on your hands, since they are usually used in the underarm area, but the same chemicals that prevent your armpits from sweating excessively can help your hands, too.
- Choose an unscented “clinical strength” antiperspirant containing aluminum zirconium, which many find to be effective.
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate, a stronger antiperspirant chemical, are also available; talk to your doctor.
3. Stay relaxed. Excessive perspiration is often triggered by anxiety and stress. Practice meditation, yoga or another activity that will help reduce your stress and prevent your sweat glands from going into overdrive.
- If you get sweaty while thinking of a certain problem that’s bothering you, think through a solution and tackle it head-on. If you need help, consider talking to a counselor.
- For a quick solution to anxiety-related sweating, have a seat, close your eyes, and take a few deep breaths. Try to calm your mind before going about your day.
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