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Question: constantly sweating hands


 zoxymon - Fri Feb 12, 2010 2:53 am

my hands have always sweated profusely for as long as i can remember. i have never actually been to the doctor for this problem but i would really like to know what i can do to either slow down or completely stop my hands sweating. it has proved itself to be a major setback as far as the things i can do with my hands as well as disturbing my social life. i would rather not pay alot of money to cure myself, but i do want to know everything i can do for it from the smallest remedy to even surgery if necessary. i thank you dearly for your time. sincerely, brian.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:27 am

User avatar Hello,Sweat is produce by eccrine glands in the skin.The increased eccrine sweating is known as hyperhidrosis.
There are 3 types.One is all over body type known as thermoregulatory type as seen in infections to bring down temperature.The other is gustatory,after a hotmeal like in diabetes.The third which is localized to hands and feet which has an emotional basis.
Aluminium chloride application,Tap water iontophoresis,Botulinum toxin injections,anticholinergic drugs and sympathectomy as a surgical method are various approaches.
Tapwater iontophoresis may be a safe alternative than taking drugs for long term ,which do have side effects like drying of other secretions like tears,and saliva.Do consult a dermatologist.
Bestwishes.

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