Excessive sweating in the palms of the hands and the feet is also referred to as hyperhidrosis. The condition is characterized by excessive sweat production in the body without any apparent cause. Though hyperhidrosis is characterized by excessive sweating all over the body, the term focal hyperhidrosis is used for excessive sweating in select areas such as the hands and feet.
The prevalence of hyperhidrosis varies across the globe. In general the problem affects about one to two percent of general population, however it has higher prevalence in certain populations of the Far East.Genetic factors play a crucial role in the manifestation of the condition, however no specific difference in terms of race and gender are observed among the prevalence of the condition.
What Causes Clammy Hands And Feet?
Various causes have been identified, which are responsible for clammy hands and feet.
- Various research studies have indicated that genetic predisposition plays a fundamental role in clammy hands and feet. More than 50 % of all patients suffering from the condition have a positive family history of the condition.
- Elevated level of anxiety is considered to be another common cause.
- Certain research studies claim that dietary factors may also play a part in the manifestation of the excessive sweating in the hands and feet.
- Trauma to the head or the chest region has been associated with profuse sweating in the hand and feet in some individuals.
- Other factors responsible for clammy hands and feet include hyperthyroidism, diabetes and infections.
Clammy hands and feet tend to have a negative effect on individuals. Too much sweating tends to interfere with the ability of an individual to perform his/her functions normally and also can create socially distressing situations. Conventional therapy has limited effect on the control of excessive and profuse perspiration. The treatment options comprise of using pills, creams and lotions for the management of clammy hands and feet.
Surgical treatment comprising of sympathectomy, which is performed on outpatient basis is considered to be one of the most successful treatment options for the management of clammy hands and feet. However, it is often associated with some complications.
Natural Remedies For Sweaty Hands And Feet
Here are some simple remedies which can be beneficial in the treatment of sweaty hands and feet:
- Antiperspirants containing aluminum chlorohydrate or any other kind of aluminum salt are considered beneficial in the management of sweating palms and soles. Aluminum salts are known to block the sweat gland ducts and prevent excessive perspiration.
- Rubbing alcohol on the hands and feet helps constrict the pores and helps reduce sweating for several hours. Rubbing alcohol needs to be done carefully as it can stain your cloths and also should not be overused.
- Witch hazel bark or leaves have been traditionally used as a natural herb for the management of excessive sweating. Local application of witch hazel leaves can help in absorption of excessive sweat.
- Astragalus root, kudzu root and schizonepeta herb are also considered very beneficial in the management of profuse perspiration and sweating in the hands and feet.
- Homeopathic remedies like Arsenic Alb and Argentium Nitricum taken in low dosage are considered beneficial in the management of anxiety and apprehension. This reduces the natural stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system which is considered primarily responsible for excessive and profuse sweating.
- Acupressure points on the hands and wrist are also considered useful in management of anxiety and excessive sweating.