Sweaty Palms is known medically as palmar hyperhidrosis. Sweaty palms/hands are the most common form of hyperhidrosis for those suffering from excessive sweating. Excessive hand sweating (sweaty palms), is a clinical medical condition affecting patients in their day-to-day lives with social and or functional activities.
Over time, this condition can have a major and negative impact on peoples lives. This medical condition is an extremly stressful, embarrassing, and confidence-wrecking problem. From ruined paperwork to slippery handshakes, sweaty palms can negatively impact your social life, education, and career. Sweating is embarrassing, stains clothes, and may complicate business and social interactions. Excessive sweat can have serious practical consequences, like making it difficult to hold a pen, grip a steering wheel, or shake hands.
Cause - Although neurologic, metabolic, and other systemic diseases and conditions can sometimes cause excessive sweating, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy. Heat and emotions may trigger hyperhidrosis in some, but many who suffer from hyperhidrosis perspire nearly all the time, regardless of their mood or the weather
The approach to treating hyperhidrosis generally proceeds as follows:
- Over-the-counter antiperspirants: Patients usually try home remedies like these first because they are readily available. Antiperspirants containing aluminum chloride (for example, Certain-Dri) may be more effective when other antiperspirants have failed. So-called "natural" antiperspirants are often not very helpful for patients.
- Prescription-strength antiperspirants: those containing aluminum chloride hexahydrate
- Iontophoresis: a device that passes direct electricity through the skin using tap water
- Oral medications: from the group of medications known as anticholinergics, which reduce sweating
- Botox (botulinum toxin): approved in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating excessive axillary sweating
- Microwave destruction: a device destroys the sweat glands, purportedly causing minimal
- damage to other tissues
- Surgery: paraspinal sympathectomy, or interruption of certain nerve pathways, as a last resort
Homeopathy has always proved itself as the best therapy for hyperhydrosis. Modern medicine does not have anything to offer to these patients. Homeopathy treats this complaint as a dispositional derangement. Thus assessing the emotional - intellectual - physical composition of the individual to select a suitable constitutional remedy is the key to success.
To aid this, here are the indications of few prominent remedies that cover excessive sweating as a symptom. To help locating an individual remedy I have italicized their names:
The patient of calcarea carb constitution sweats profusely while sleeping - almost wetting the pillow, like the patients of silica or sanicula. There is also perspiration on the back of the head, neck and chest. Mostly sweats in the upper part of the body. The sweat has a sour smell and the sweating is more during sleep. Conium also sweats more during sleep; almost as soon as one sleeps or even when closes eyes to sleep. Exactly opposite is seen in Sambucus - where there is a profuse sweat over the entire body during waking hours, while on going to sleep, the dry heat returns.
If calcarea sweat smells sour, the sweating of Bovista smells like an onion. Offensive sweating is a characteristic of many remedies including Alumina, Graphites, Psorinum, Phosporus, Sanicula, Thuja and their leader Silica. Among these, phosphorus sweat has the odor of sulphur fumes, while thuja smells like honey. Most of these also show a tendency to sweat more on palms and soles.
If we are discussing the smell of the perspiration, the taste should not be left un-noted. The remedy Caladium has a unique quality - the sweating of this remedy is sweet in taste, so much that it can even attract flies. It has got yet another characteristic - the patient of caladium sweats profusely after any acute diseases, so distinctly that we can even say that the profuse sweat relieves all sufferings in caladium [also in Natrum mur].
Thuja shows sweating only on uncovered parts, or all over except the head. These patients also sweat a lot of sour smelling or fetid sweat during sleep.
The prominent remedy for cholera, Veratrum album has cold perspiration on the forehead with nearly all complaints. Tabacum has it all over the body.
Isn't it interesting to know the various characteristic features that a remedy can throw just in the pattern of sweating? Knowing all this will not only improve our remedy selection but also our case-taking. We would only ask those questions, whose probable answers we expect already
Some more useful medicine
- Conium: Excessive sweat while sleep starting.
- Sambucus: Excessive sweat on face and entire body when waking up.
- Pilocapus: Pilocapus/Jaborandi, in its mother tincture form, is also useful in copious sweating.
- Calcarea carbonica: Cold, sweaty hands and feet. May also have excessive sweating on chest and upper body. Calcarea cabonica patients tend to be chilly, obstinate, constipated, often desire eggs (especially hard boiled), milk, and cheese.
- Silica: Profuse sweating of head, hands, feet, and underarms. The sweat of the feet can be quite offensive.
- Carbo Animalis: For example, is most useful in individuals who are visibly hypersensitive and suffer from foot sweats with an extremely foul odour.
- Thuja & Caladium : Sweating like honey smell.
- Arsenicum Iodatum: Excessive Sweat on body fatigue in night time.
- Sepia: Excessive sweat between thighs and armpits with sour odor.
- Natrum Mur: Excessive seating while doing small work.
- Acidum Hydrofluoricum is, likewise, useful in individuals who have excess sweating of palms and feet, but feel better in cool, open air, or under a ceiling fan.
- Ammonium Mur is effective in overweight individuals presenting symptoms of profuse, uncontrolled sweating.
- Iodum is useful in excessive sweating in humid conditions. It suits individuals who constantly try to keep themselves cool