Is it Normal to Have Sweaty Palms?

Constantly sweaty palms are not a normal occurrence. There are situations where your hands will sweat, so it depends on the circumstance. Hand sweating is a normal function of the body under certain circumstances. For example, during heavy physical activity sweaty palms are considered normal.

Excessive hand sweating is defined as sweating that goes beyond the normal physiological needs of the body. This is known medically as Hyperhidrosis. The majority of people have a very mild amount of moisture in their hands. For most people it is unnoticeable.

When the moisture becomes like a shiny film on the hands, it becomes a concern. Advanced cases can get to the point where the hands seem constantly wet. There are also extreme cases in which sweat can drip from the hands.

This requires the person to constantly wipe off their palms. There are different levels of excessive sweating (palmar hyperhidrosis). The severity level is dependent on how much it affects the patient during their daily life.

Defining Hyperhidrosis

The palms of the hands are not a typical place for the body to sweat from. If a person is sweating from his or her palms under normal conditions (non-active, no stress or excitement, normal temperature, social interaction) then they may have hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is a genetically inherited condition. It causes social and functional problems in everyday life.

Dr. Reisfeld specializes in treating people with this condition. There are a variety of non-surgical treatment options. In cases where surgery is required, the procedure is short and doesn’t require a long recuperation period. There are plenty of options for people with hyperhidrosis.

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