Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get some relief from hand sweating, even if it was just for a short while? Palmar hyperhidrosis isn’t a serious medical condition, although it is a very annoying one. You probably dread meeting people because you don’t want to shake hands. No matter how many times you dry them, they still get sweaty.
You can stop feeling frustrated, because it IS possible to keep your hands dry throughout the day! Some of the treatments can work rather quickly. While they won’t always “cure” palmar hyperhidrosis, they do offer some relief.
Here are 7 ways you can gain control over your hand sweating problem.
• Rub baby powder or baking soda over your hands. Both of these will absorb the sweat. They will clog the pores up to prevent sweat from coming out. They also cause body tissues to constrict, which results in a dry surface on the epidermis. Just sprinkle a small amount onto your hands and rub it in thoroughly so that nobody will notice it.
• Soak your hands in oatmeal. You’ve probably heard that bathing in oatmeal can treat chicken pox, rashes, irritations, etc. Believe it or not, it can also prevent sweating! It will moisturize your hands and keep them fresh.
Before leaving the house for work, school, or whatever, soak your hands in a mixture of colloidal oatmeal and water for about 15 minutes. Rinse off afterwards and pat your hands dry. It should keep your hands nice and fresh for at least a few hours.
• Use a natural astringent such as tea tree oil or witch hazel. Tea tree oil and witch hazel are two ingredients found in just about any type of skincare or hair care product imaginable. They can be applied topically onto the hands to prevent sweating. They help by shrinking pores.
Apply a small amount onto your hands at night and you should see a reduction in sweating the next day. You can also carry a small bottle with you in your purse or pocket to use in emergencies.
• Clean your hands with sweat blocking wipes. Antiperspirant wipes can be used on just about any body part that suffers from excessive sweat. Some are so strong that they only need to be applied once a day. Some of them contain aluminum chloride. Others contain only natural ingredients such as tea tree oil.
• Drink a cup or two of sage tea every morning. More and more hyperhidrosis sufferers are starting to learn about the miracle that is sage tea! Boil some sage tea. Don’t let it steep for more than five minutes. It’s okay to add a bit of honey or lemon wedge to the mix.
You can drink it, soak your hands in it for 15 minutes, or both! It should help prevent sweating for the rest of the day. Just to be on the safe side, you might want to keep some sage tablets on hand to use just in case your hands do end up sweating.
• Take control over your anxiety or stress. Feeling anxious, stressed out, nervous or angry can cause you to sweat a lot more than you normally would. Learn to keep your emotions in check so that you won’t break out in sweat. You can stop hand sweating in a matter of minutes by learning how to focus on your breathing.
Take a deep breath and release it slowly. Try keeping your focus on your breathing instead of anything else and you should be able to reduce the sweating.
• Give aromatherapy a try – essential oils really can stop excessive sweating! Aromatherapy can help in a number of ways. Don’t underestimate the power of scent. Some essential oils can be used to calm your nerves, which will result in less sweating. Some will help flush the toxins out of your body. And yes, some essential oils can really improve skin problems simply by being inhaled.
Essential oils that can provide you with sweating relief include lemon balm oil, lemongrass, ylang ylang, frankincense, and lavender. Carry a small vial with you and take a whiff of it whenever your hands start to get clammy.
These strategies should help you with your profuse sweating problem. Try them all and stick with the one(s) that seem to help the most.