How to prevent sweaty palms

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Until the practice of shaking hands goes out of vogue, sweaty palm sufferers will want to figure out a way to solve, or at least minimize, this problem. Read on to find out how to reduce this condition.

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Things you need

  • Hand Or Wash Towels
  • Cornstarches
  • Palm/foot Antiperpirants
  • Talcum Powder

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  1. 1

    Try clapping cornstarch or talcum powder between your palms. Medicated powders are available to soak up moisture, too.

  2. 2

    Use an unscented, aluminum salt-based antiperspirant, preferably a product made for palms and feet.

  3. 3

    Wipe your palms often on tissues or a hand towel.

  4. 4

    Apply aluminum chloride paint to the area for persistent clamminess.

  5. 5

    Make an appointment to see your health care provider if over-the-counter remedies don't help. Profuse sweating that occurs at inappropriate times (when you're not hot and you haven't been exercising) is a rare condition called hyperhidrosis.

  6. 6

    Get several opinions; some things help some folks and not others.

Tips and warnings

  • With the help of your medical provider, discuss prescription drugs, toxin injections and even mildly invasive surgical procedures that are available.
  • Learn about iontophoresis, a technique that involves applying low electrical currents to affected areas.
  • Sweaty palms in a tense or high-anxiety moment is perfectly normal and will ease up once the moment has passed.
  • If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.

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