WHAT CAUSES SWEATY HANDS?

What causes sweaty hands

 

Sweaty palms can be extremely inconvenient, especially when it comes to ruined paperwork and awkward slippery handshakes. Understanding what causes sweaty hands is the best first step in finding the cure.
Our hands have sweat glands and are affected by emotional, environmental, and medical triggers, just like other areas on our body.

Here are six of the most common causes of sweaty palms:

1. NERVOUS, ANXIOUS, AND STRESSFUL SITUATIONS

Sweaty palms are often triggered and made worse by stressful and uncomfortable situations.

Caused by an adrenaline rush, sweaty hands occur as part of your body's fight or flight response that is activated when you sense a threat.

2. EXCESSIVELY HOT ENVIRONMENTS

Just like a hot room or hot weather can cause you to sweat from your armpits, high temperatures could also be the cause of your sweaty hands.

3. POOR DIET

A number of foods and drinks can promote excessively sweaty palms, including:

  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Caffeine
  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol

4. SMOKING

When nicotine from smoking a cigarette enters your body it binds to neuron receptors in your sympathetic nervous system.

This stimulates your sweat glands, including those on your palms, and causes them to release sweat.

5. HORMONE IMBALANCES

Your hormones affect the nerve endings that stimulate your sweat glands.

These are some of the common conditions that cause hormone imbalances and in turn, excessively sweaty palms:
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Menopause
  • Prostate cancer

6. AN UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITION

When sweaty hands strike, and for no apparent reason, it’s called palmar hyperhidrosis.

Palmar hyperhidrosis often runs in families, and it can go on to negatively affect your personal and professional life.

If you suspect you have palmar hyperhidrosis, consult a qualified professional for an accurate assessment.

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