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Sweaty Palms

Sweaty Palms

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Hyperhidrosis can affect any part of the body where there are sweat glands, but it is on the palms of the hands that it can prove particularly embarrassing. An effective treatment for excessive sweating on the palms is Iontophoresis where sufferers submerge their hands in a bowl of water, through which a weak electric current is passed. The process can block the sweat glands and normally last around 20-30 minutes. Normally the process requires twice weekly sessions over 8-10 weeks, in which time the symptoms should improve. Unfortunately it is not a permanent cure, but the purchase of a home kit can ensure that treatment is carried out indefinitely.

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Hi, Im 21 years old, i've got really bad sweaty hands and also feet i've had it most of my life and its really embarrassing i've got to carry a tea towl all the time everywhere i go,i've tried stuff for it and it doesnt work I have to change my socks all the time because they become really wet i cant wear thongs or anything like that in the summer i've got to wear socks!!





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Hi I always sweat from my hand and I really do need help can you help please





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Hi guys, I was suffering with stress sweating - normally my palms were alright but when talking to clients, women or any such situation, sweat started dripping from them. I was thinking about operation but had some bad feedback regarding compensatory sweating, so I postponed it and then came across Electro Antiperspirant, ordered it and worked better than I imagined. My hands are just dry :). I later found out there are other products as well but this one worked for me





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Hi my name is Laura. I am 14 and I have had this problem for 4 years and it has ruined my life. At the moment I am preparing for my GCSE courses and with this problem I am unable to concentrate. My hands are my number one priority by force as it controls my life. When I work in school my hands sweat onto my paper and it even looks like water on the page. Some people accidentally touch my hands and find it disgusting. I a avoiding relationships because of it too. Please help me overcome this.





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Hello same goes to me

Hi Laura, I guess yours is hereditary like mine. I was bothered for a 7.5 hour exam that I was preparing in 2008 that demanded lots of hand drawings and sketches. The solution was to take a table fan into the exam hall. It works, but has the side effect of blowing loose sheets off your desk. This something some practice with table fans will sort out. Remember to request that as special requirements.

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Hi everyone I am 40 and I have been reading all your comments and it gave me flashback to how I had to live with this embarrassing condition. It has ruined my self confidence and any chance of social life.





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Hi I'm 27 male and I do tenpin bowling and I struggle to keep hold of the ball especially when it gets to hot... I've tried all creams and my doctors don't really have an idea really can you point me in the right direction





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After reading all these comments I hear a lot of 'I get nervous in front of a guy' meaning that their a female, am I the onpy guy with sweaty hands!?!





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I'm 15 and I realised that my hands started to sweat around 11/12. It is soooo embarrassing and I hate shaking and holding peoples hands and high fiving them. Whenever I write the paper is always wet from were my hands just were. How do I make this stop? :(





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Glycopyrrelate, a medication used for ulcers, will stop your sweating on hands and feet. It is used for ulcers, but the side effect is dryness to the system. It works! You will see a big difference within a few days.





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Iam 26 years old female from Kenya. I have been sweating both my hands and feet for the last 20years. I have never worn open shoes in my life because i cannot simply walk due to sliding. I cannot be in a relationship because other people do not understand that this is actually a disease instead they term it as disgusting. I sweat throughout whether cold or warm. Please help me i have suffered enough.





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Use a topical liquid called Drysol. It can be prescribed or is now in some drug stores.


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