Palmar Hyperhidrosis

Excessive sweating in the palms, or Palmar Hyperhidrosis, is a very common problem with most people suffering from hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis appears in two forms: people with general hyperhidrosis suffering from excessive sweating all over their body, and people with a focused hyperhidrosis, only expressed in a certain part of the body such as the palms, feet, or armpits.

Palmar Hyperhidrosis is the most common form of to those suffering from excessive sweating. Excessive sweating in the palms is a clinical condition in which patients find it hard to engage in daily social and functional activities.

The international hyperhidrosis organization divides the severity of palmar hyperhidrosis to four groups. The first group is composed of patients with light palm sweating which does not cause functional or social problems. On the other side there are patients with extreme palm sweating, measured by level of wetness, and its effect on them on a daily basis. 

For 50% or more of those who suffer from palmar hyperhidrosis, the factor is genetic. Palmar hyperhidrosis usually begins in the early childhood stage and can become severe towards the late 20’s and onward to early adulthood. There are some more severe cases written on hyperhidrosis, after clear physical injury, or chest injury, or in some cases the cause was electrocution. These cases are rare, but they point on other possibilities as hyperhidrosis factors. 

People with palmar hyperhidrosis often avoid shaking hands with people, because they find it embarrassing. Sweating is an automatic mechanism controlled by our nervous system, in order to maintain body temperature. Palm sweating may be cause by over-activity of the nervous system. For people with this disorder, simply daily tasks like shaking hands or other gestures, such as typing, driving, etcetera, become difficult to impossible. This disorder isn’t temporary, but accompanies the person throughout his entire life and even worsens over the years. This condition affects a person’s social life. Palm sweating may also be cause by certain medical conditions, such as middle-age, obesity, and even psychological disorders. People with palmar hyperhidrosis may develop axillary hyperhidrosis, since the sweat glands are connected. In addition, it’s possible to see that when a person is angry, anxious or nervous, his body produces more sweat, therefore it’s possible to consider relaxation techniques as part of the general treatment.

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