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What Causes Sweaty Palms?

By Brendan McGuigan
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Sweaty palms, more properly known as palmar hyperhidrosis, is a condition that affects about 1% of the US population. Although the exact cause of sweaty palms is still debated, many experts believe it is caused by a hyperactive sympathetic nervous system, causing the sweat glands in the hands to produce sweat unnecessarily.

Sweating is a device the body uses to help regulate its temperature to keep everything running smoothly. The human body has millions of sweat glands, and more than half of them are found in the hands. When the body becomes agitated – through physical exertion, extreme temperatures, or stress – the sweat glands release sweat to help cool the body back down to its optimal temperature range.

People who have severe palmar hyperhidrosis experience sweaty palms even when the body should not, for any physiological reason, be trying to cool down. This can cause severe discomfort and embarrassment and can get in the way of performing certain everyday tasks. Though sweaty palms are treatable through a number of different procedures, there is no complete cure, and most people continue to live with the condition throughout their lives.

In the past, the medical establishment tended to diagnose sweaty palms as a purely psychosomatic illness, but this view is gradually fading. While psychological factors can certainly exacerbate the condition – when one begins experiencing sweaty palms in a social situation, for example, the stress induced by inappropriate sweating can cause even more sweating to occur – it is generally accepted now that the underlying cause is physiological. The most likely cause of sweaty palms, as well as other types of hyperhidrosis, is an overactive sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system manages all sorts of functions in the body that make up what is commonly termed the fight-or-flight response; this includes the release of a number of chemicals such as adrenaline, increasing heart rate, constricting blood vessels, and of course, sweating. When the sympathetic nervous system malfunctions, certain fight-or-flight responses may be triggered at inappropriate times, as in the case of sweaty palms.

Whether the malfunction of the sympathetic nervous system has, in turn, a deeper cause is a matter of some study and discussion. It may be that the malfunction occurs on the level of the ganglia themselves, or it may be that a neurological malfunction triggers the sweat glands in the palms to act inappropriately. Whatever the root cause, sweaty palms is at last sufficiently understood to offer a number of chemical treatments to help those suffering from this affliction to realize a level of normalcy in their lives that only a few decades ago would have been nearly impossible.

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Discussion Comments

By anon84149 — On May 13, 2010

Wow, it's surprising how many other people have this disorder! I am a thirteen year old girl and i have had this disorder my whole life. I am a tennis and volleyball player and it is very embarrassing when i can't hold onto my racket or have to wipe my hands constantly!

It's extremely embarrassing and as hard as i try to hide it, i know all my friends suspect something. My parents try to brush it off as something normal and help me out (going to doctors, getting drysol, getting water machine) but it's still extremely embarrassing and makes me feel lonely.

No one else really understands how embarrassing it is! My social life is fine because i am so young but it is going to become a very big problem soon! Shaking hands = yeah right! Holding hands = heck, no! I just want to get rid of it!

By anon84146 — On May 13, 2010

I'm 18 years old and I'm a guy. My whole life and my childhood was hell. i can't do a thing. when i drum, the sticks fly out of my hands. i can't put rubber gloves on. friends all make fun of me. i can't touch anyone without them telling me it's so nasty. my feet are just as bad. paper gets stuck to my hands.

people just don't understand how much this affects our every day lives. i feel all your pain and I'm right there with you. matt a. is my name.

By anon84016 — On May 13, 2010

I also have this condition and it's driving me mad - in fact it is inhibiting my life seriously at the moment. It's contributing towards my anxiety while also being a symptom of it. It's a nasty, vicious circle.

Primarily for me the hands are the problem. I live in western europe and thankfully have limited exposure to hot climatic conditions. I've tried using Odaban and Driclor (great for people who suffer from under the arm sweating) but have only very limited benefits.

I wake up in the morning and my hands and feet feel dry, but almost as soon as I wake up they become moist. In non stress situations they can often remain reasonable, but as soon as stressful situations occur (or I imagine being in a stressful situation) they become ridiculously wet.

Holding the tv remote (when relaxed!) often results in a puddle of water when I place it down. It's so incredibly annoying. I'm 26 now and have had this condition since I was maybe 13 or so. Funny thing is, when I was younger it never bothered me. I was aware of it but did not care really - in fact sometimes I found it humorous.

Ironically now that I care about it, and have become preoccupied by it - it's worse. Coping has become very difficult. If you can get by without caring you will help to minimize it.

Anxiety, while not necessarily being the absolute cause is clearly an exacerbating factor. Chicken and egg -- is it the the anxiety that causes the sweating or is it the sweating that causes the anxiety?

By anon83941 — On May 13, 2010

Hey i also have problems with my hands. i mostly sweat like this in the summer regardless if the rest of my body is sweating or not. however,in winter my hands are constantly numb even if I'm not feeling cold at all!

i also feel a tingling sensation sometimes and have noticed that especially in winter my finger tips can't feel temperature. What i mean to say is that if i put my hands in boiling water i don't feel it, and when i wash dishes or anything i have to check the temperature with my elbow so i won't burn my hands by accident.

it also has the opposite effect with cold water. My hands get the sensation of burning pain. I've learned to live with it but i would like to know if this is indeed a neurological problem or i have to go to a doctor.

By anon83174 — On May 09, 2010

I am a 19-year-old female and am in the exact same boat and I hate it. I have really sweaty palms and feet, especially when I'm nervous or even think about it! I may go on a date this week with this guy and if he tries to hold my hand I don't want him to think that they're sweating because i'm 'madly' in love with him even though I do like him. Should I tell him my situation?

By anon83126 — On May 09, 2010

i m 19 years old and suffering from the same problem. it is really embarrassing to shake hands. it is just following me from my birth. i just hate it. i can't hold anything without leaving prints! these sweaty hands have make my life very difficult. i can't write on paper without my hanky or any other piece of cloth. The pen just slips out of my hand. Please tell me any solution

i tried a lot of medicines and sprays, but no effect. please tell me a permanent cure.

By anon83005 — On May 08, 2010

I'm a normal 15 year old girl but there's one thing i have sweaty palms and feet. Argh! it's so embarrassing. i tried going to the doctors but they said they couldn't help so i decided to see what will happen.

when my boyfriend tries to hold my hand i try and hide it! but it's so annoying!

please help me!

By anon82586 — On May 06, 2010

My feet never stop sweating and my hands are almost the same. I always have to change into fresh socks. Most of the time I'm freezing cold too, but that doesn't seem to help. I know it's not from being nervous or anxious either, because even now, they are sweaty and I'm just sitting here typing. the worst thing is having to shake hands or if I'm touching a girl; it always is embarrassing.

By anon82545 — On May 06, 2010

Wow, i had no idea there were this many people with my same problem. I'm an 18 year old male, and The best way to describe this is: hell! I can't even do everyday activities.

This condition has caused me to wreck a vehicle. I was turning at a light, my hand slipped and i hit another car. I can never hold my girlfriend's hands because of the embarrassment.

My friends know i have this problem and they accept it, but when i shake hands, they all joke with me about it. But it really does take a huge toll on my self confidence. I don't know what to do about it. I have to avoid black or dark colored tables because my hands leave extreme wet marks. I don't have this problem with any body part except my hands. Thank god.

By anon82468 — On May 06, 2010

I also have such problems like you guys have.

It is so annoying to have such problems. I have to avoid handshakes from my friends. It is so gross. God is so unfair, why must he gave me such problems to handle? This problem will probably go with me until i die.

I hate playing my instrument as my hands will sweat and it is wet!

I hope that i can find a cure for this. I don't want this to be my burden forever.

By anon82405 — On May 05, 2010

Oh my gosh! I thought I was the only one! My hands and feet sweat all the time. I can't touch anything without leaving a print behind. I'm not a nervous person at all, but when I do get nervous or exercise, I practically leave a puddle behind me! I can't shake anybody's hand and I'm the only one of my friends with sweaty hands. It just makes everything else uncomfortable.

By anon82233 — On May 05, 2010

I'm 30, male, from Pakistan. None of my parents had this problem, it was inherited from my mother's family to three of the kids. I'm one of the unlucky.

I hated it more when I was kid, and other kids used to make fun without even knowing how bad we felt and calling us water tanker, sweat machine, this and that. Eventually, you start to believe you are not normal and you've a problem and it prevents you from socializing.

I was among those who develop a shell and retaliate and be so strong that others make them an ideal instead of sympathize. Anyway, I hated to write in exams because with my sweaty hands, when I'd even write, I had to use some piece of paper and/or handkerchief. I hated the shakes or I had to hold the tissue or handkerchief to first dry it. I tried drysol but didn't work for me.

Still now I hate it seriously.

By anon81891 — On May 03, 2010

I've had this problem since around middle school or earlier. Middle school (approx seventh grade is when I first recall it). I am now 25 and it's still here with me.

Hands and feet, semi related to temperature of the room I am in (typically any temp above 70 and sometimes as low as 65 or less). The only established treatments come with more side effects than I want to deal with.

It's obnoxious but there are far worse problems out there. It has never been an issue with anyone I have dated. All the girls have been understanding. Oh well.

By anon81830 — On May 03, 2010

I'm 25 now, and I always have this problem of sweaty hands. My dream was to be a pilot since when I was little, and i have completed all my aviation study, but i've been told I never can be a pilot because i will fail the aviation test if i have sweaty hands.

By anon81785 — On May 03, 2010

I get sweaty hands and feet even when i just wake up. I can't hand shake anyone hand because my palm is really sweaty. It's annoying. Please help me find something to stop this.

By anon81606 — On May 02, 2010

I'm 14 and i have the most sweatiest hands ever! Sometimes they're abnormally dry and abnormally sweaty. i avoid handshakes or any physical contact with my hands. When i think about them sweating they do. Even touching my ipod trigues the sweat and it's gross. Help.

By anon81593 — On May 02, 2010

I'm a 17 year old girl (I think being a girl kind of sucks just a little more because what guy wants to date a girl who sweats more than he does?) and I have noticed that like ever since around seventh grade I have been sweating a lot. I am in no way fat, in fact I am really athletic and my BMI is really close to being underweight. I have no clue why this happens.

I sweat all the time. I wouldn't say that I sweat excessively all the time. The excessive sweating only occurs when I am doing physical activity, but it is still embarrassing. When I play a sport in gym class, even if I'm not even trying very hard, I will sweat. I don't just sweat from my palms either, i also sweat from my feet, head, armpits, back, and even my butt (haha that sounds awkward).

Anyway, it's really embarrassing because when I'm in school and it's really hot, sometimes I leave like a little sweaty butt mark on the seat and my back will be covered in sweat. It is pretty ridiculous.

I have read in numerous places that really athletic people tend to sweat more than those who aren't, but I still should not be sweating when I'm not even moving! All of my friends are always questioning why I am sweating so much when we play sports together or are just hanging out at a party.

The worst part is that I have to buy new shirts constantly because within a few wears my short or long sleeved shirts, I get pit stains! It stinks! I don't have the money, time, or effort to deal with this any longer!

I need a cure that doesn't require meds or surgery!

By anon81584 — On May 02, 2010

It's a horrible situation really. I try anything I can to avoid shaking or holding someone's hand. I can ever hold my girlfriends and even though I so badly want to. Every time I do, she's like gross your hands are all sweaty, and there's nothing I can do about it. I hate public situations where I have to shake someone's hand. No matter what I do, they start sweating so bad and just won't stop.

By anon81477 — On May 01, 2010

I am a 15 year old girl, and I have been experiencing sweaty palms and feet. It always seems like when I'm at school doing a test, or just at school period, they would start sweating, and it's really annoying.

Also, I find it very embarrassing when I'm out with my boy friend, and he wants to hold my hand, But my hands are sweating in puddles, I would try to rub it off my my pants fast, but then it would come back in seconds. If there were a special cure for this it would mean the world to me. Thank you for reading.

By anon81306 — On Apr 30, 2010

I'm almost 19 now, and I've been suffering from this excessive sweating for as long as I can remember. I didn't know it was a condition until today, when I finally decided to find out what the hell to do about it.

I'm sure if you're on this webpage, you know full well the difficulties of having excessive sweating. My main problem is sweating from my hands and feet. Everyday, normal situations become problematic as you all know.

Shaking people's hands is always has me nervous and you'll often find me frantically wiping my palms on my pants beforehand.

Writing is perhaps one of the more annoying things to do; smudging and sweating marks left behind make any sheet of paper look as though it's been out in the rain.

Don't even get me started on intimate encounters! They are perhaps one of the most nerve-racking situations to be in!

I hate it! It's embarrassing and affects my self-confidence. Not many people will understand that we can't help it. They won't sympathize and seem to judge us as 'the slimy ones'. Reading other people's stories was nice. It made me feel better.

I'm digging the Edward Scissorhands comparison; we want to reach out and touch, but we know we can't because we fear being judged falsely.

Maybe not quite the same, but definitely good enough to convey how we all feel.

By anon81109 — On Apr 29, 2010

It amazes me how many people have this problem including myself. I am a 21 year old guy and have had this problem for as long as I can remember. Many of my college professors want to shake my hands or girlfriends want to hold my hand and it is a situation I have always had to be prepared for.

The best thing I have found to do is hold onto some type of cloth for a few minutes and hope the sweating passes. Every time I know I will have to shake a hand I make sure that I have either washed my hands or held them on my jeans for a few. Please post if you have found a better method or treatment for this.

By anon80785 — On Apr 28, 2010

I'm an 18 year old male and suffer from the same situation.

Most people believe it's anxiety but they don't know the pain we suffer every day from carrying this burden, trying to avoid parties from friends, staying inside often, not able to wear a t-shirt.

My problem started around when i was 13 and i remember that very same day. Ever since then it became worse instead of getting better. i have heard of successful cures but they cost you lots of money and the surgery might not work for everyone.

but yeah, I've carried this burden for the last five years and when i watched some pictures from where i was a tiny baby until now it actually made angry inside but I wanted to cry at the same time because something normal makes normal life abnormal.

none of my friends know about it and i want to keep it that way. this problem has driven me insane and my personality changed from happy to sad, but none would ever know this pain we suffer.

The best thing to do is keep your head up and stay cool.

By anon80642 — On Apr 28, 2010

look guys, i know it's so irritating and embarrassing, but i don't think stress is the main cause of this problem, though in stressful times sweating increases. maybe surgery can help and nothing else.

By anon80549 — On Apr 27, 2010

I am 12 years old and my hands sweat all of the time. Sometimes I get really upset about it. Whenever I'm at church or anything my hands start anywhere else, my hands start to sweat. I try not to show that I care, but I think it shows. My mom says that I may just get nervous. But I don't always think so. Is this normal?

By anon80494 — On Apr 27, 2010

i have this problem. In fact, they're doing it now.

Any suggestions, as it's really getting in the way of life. cheers, Matt

By anon80377 — On Apr 27, 2010

when i play games on my computer, i sweat the whole keyboard and mouse pad, and i found it hard when it comes to playing guitar. I sweat the whole neck and strings make it even fast to rust.

This is such an annoyance.

By anon80288 — On Apr 26, 2010

I need a girlfriend fast. It's too bad I'm having this disorder and it's ruining my life. I just wish to know if there is anyone out there who appreciates me for who I am.

By anon80265 — On Apr 26, 2010

Oh my goodness, I thought I was alone! All of those symptoms people talked about above I have the same problems with.

I used to want a cure, but for now I am just fine with it since I know other people have this problem an since I know what is happening inside my hands. I can never wear flip-flops because my feet sweat and it's uncomfortable.

Sometimes washing your hands helps, since it's sort of like "washing off bacteria," Also, at my house I like to hold a pillow because it sort of absorbs the sweat, ha ha.

It's funny because most of my jeans are all lighter in the front from me rubbing my sweaty hands on them all the time. Ugh, it's such a pain and it's so embarrassing to have to explain to everyone about why I can't hold their hand or something.

I also have a problem with blushing really easily. I'm wondering if these problems are related?

I was just reading other people's responses and nodding my head because I was agreeing with them and knowing what they were talking about.

It's also so hard to play an instrument! I've had sweaty hands/feet problems my whole life, and the doctor said this would go away, but it hasn't! Now I know that I have hyperhidrosis. I got it from my dad.

By anon80256 — On Apr 26, 2010

I'm amazed at how many people suffer from this condition. My nine year old daughter has it and has had it for years.

I remember when she was six months old and noticing her bare feet were drenched. She is so self-conscious about it and it has started to really affect her daily activities. Doing homework is hard for her because writing for long periods of time makes it even worse.

I really wish there was something I could tell her to make it better.

By anon79849 — On Apr 25, 2010

I've had this problem ever since i can remember myself. I'm 25 and have suffered this throughout life. I find it really hard when it comes to writing an exam or a letter. sometimes i don't even want to shake hands in an interview. i wish i could get rid of this but this to me seems natural since it's been like this all my life and I'm scared of the side effects that the medicine might cause for this.

By anon79550 — On Apr 23, 2010

Yeah, that's why i love cold objects. i swear i want to buy a snake. In school, i would always put my hands on the desk and look at my hand prints hahaha but yeah, i didn't do that for art -- i did it to cool my steaming hot hands.

It's so weird plus, when i wash my hands they get wrinkly really fast and it wasn't always like that. i used to be in the pool 24/7. I wonder if that has something to do with it.

By anon79506 — On Apr 22, 2010

Wow i would never think other people would have this same issue as me. i mean i am a male 17 and i sweat from my hands every single day. Yes some people in my high school notice as i high five them or shake their hands but i guess the best thing to do guys is to appreciate the fact that you are special so keep a smile on! God Bless you!

By anon79485 — On Apr 22, 2010

I've noticed spending a lot of time in ocean water/ pool water stops sweating for many hours.

If you ever want to go on a date and hold hands, the Beach is the place to go! My hands/ feet have never sweated on the beach -- ever! I think the salty, cool, contact ocean breezes prevents the sweat.

If anyone else has found this to be true I'd love to know! - 13 year-old girl from SC

By anon79474 — On Apr 22, 2010

I would love to meet a guy with this problem someday. I imagine us instantly falling in love and neither of us would grossed out by each others hands and live happily ever after :D.

I know someday I'll meet this perfect guy; the guy God made for me whom i'll get married to and have perfect little babies that hopefully don't have this problem.

Just curious: Does anyone know how many generations the condition can go through. I'm a second generation, so does that mean my kids will have it, too?

By anon79469 — On Apr 22, 2010

I suffer from this problem too. Sweaty hands, feet and armpits. My parents didn't even know I hand this problem until last year, and I'm almost 14!

I hate this "condition" so much. None of my friends know I have it. I wear a wonderful blue jacket that goes down past my waist and has really long sleeves, so when my friends want to high five, I cover up my hands with my sleeves. They think I'm perfectly normal!

I love it when my hands are not sweaty. They're so smooth and soft and silky -- but cool (cool as in temp.)

Has anyone ever seen the movie "Edward Scissorhands"? I love it because I know just how he feels -- wanting to touch and hold hands but can't.

By anon79381 — On Apr 22, 2010

i have been suffering from sweaty palms and feet from age 14 to age 27 -- and i still do.

The last three years though, i have been using an iontoforesis device (bought it from inet - never had the guts to ask a doctor) and despite the endless sessions required I've seen results.

i can shake hands now and regain some of my previously forbidden activities. However, i am not cured.

the thing that makes me sick is the thought that my children are most likely to suffer from the same crap. i really hope they don't.

i even pray to the god for this matter (which i don't believe). take care, all of you.

By anon79256 — On Apr 21, 2010

I have had sweaty palms, feet, and nuts for 16 years. It is very ebarrassing, and I do not feel comfortable in public.

Sometimes, my steering wheel slips from the amount of moisture on the wheel. I leave butt cheek imprints of sweat in my school seats. My friends call me a "dripper" because I am literally always dripping in sweat, no matter how cold it is.

Eating Cheetos (my favorite food) is a nightmare. As you can imagine, there is orange cheese paste all over my hands, and nobody else wants to eat after me.

By anon79184 — On Apr 21, 2010

I thought i was alone. I'm 14 years old, and ever since i can remember, i've had this problem pretty bad. I'm embarrassed to touch anybody on their skin, especially for a handshake, or when saying grace at a friend's house. I really need help.

By anon78874 — On Apr 20, 2010

It's very comforting to know that I'm not the only one (even though it sure seems like it). I'm a fourteen year old girl in high school and I've had this issue for a long, long time. Not only that, but my armpits and feet sweat like crazy, too. I can't even describe how much.

I can't lift my arms anymore. I use my hair to cover up my pit stains and I can't wear flip flops. My hands and feet are always ice cold (no kidding) but incredibly sweaty. I just don't get it.

When I wear sweatshirts and/or sneakers I don't sweat, but if I'm wearing a t-shirt and flip flops I do. I just don't understand this.

Everyone comments on it, and that only makes it worse. My friends are always like "ew, what's on your hand?" and "gross! your hands are sweating! why?" Gee, I never noticed. It's really rude and it makes me feel awful.

At school, my tests get all wet and I can't write at times so I have to just wipe my hands all over myself when no one's looking. And shaking hands? Brutal. They all give me this really weird look, and then they wipe their hands after when they think I'm not looking.

I don't want to be like this, because I have billions of other severe cosmetic issues and this problem isn't helping.

By anon78854 — On Apr 20, 2010

I'm a 13 year old girl. My hands are sweaty, according to my friends. They always make jokes. How can I treat it? Ugh, its so annoying and gross.

By anon78766 — On Apr 20, 2010

I am 23, and i am suffering with sweating in palms, hands and armpits from childhood. Please tell me any treatment for this disorder.

By anon78230 — On Apr 17, 2010

I am 12 and my hands sweat so much! My friend always goes, "eww why are your hands sweaty?" If I try to high five her, she goes, "eww no!" She also says it so loudly that my other friends hear it, then she goes and keeps saying it and my other friends start to say it and then they start saying all the things that are wrong with me, which are none.

The whole conversation becomes all about me and how I am all weird. I get so embarrassed and I feel like crying. I hate it, but I feel better to know I am not alone.

By anon77829 — On Apr 15, 2010

I have sweaty hands and a girl likes me so when i go rollerskating, i couples skate and you get the rest. so i really need a solution.

By anon77639 — On Apr 15, 2010

i m so tense and have sweaty palms and feet. Please tell me about to treat it. Please tell me.

By anon77335 — On Apr 14, 2010

I'm 25, F, too have this sweaty palm problem. I hate it when I have computer problems and the tech guy needs to solve it for me. he will touch my mouse, which at that time is a little shiny and wet.

I hate to pick up office phones because when i put it down the headset is wet and shiny.

I felt really embarrassed. I had this ever since i can remember things and it's getting worse now.

I think the causes could be low blood pressure, and thin vessels? my heart is often pumping quite fast. Could this be it?

By anon77313 — On Apr 14, 2010

i just found my brothers and sisters! I had no real idea that i could have such a rare condition but yes my hands, pits, and feet sweat profusely throughout the day and otherwise are cold.

I thought maybe this would be temporary but it appears not from what I've read on this site. It's really embarrassing at times to shake hands especially, turning in sweaty papers haha. and holding hands.

I'd like to know of anything that helps, but it's comforting to know there are others out there dealing with the same issue and i am not alone!

By anon77279 — On Apr 13, 2010

I too, have suffered from sweaty pits and palms since HS. I am 26 now. I have found that cannabis (I do not advocate this) greatly reduces my sweating leading me to believe it is highly related to stress. I suggest meditation and a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables. Surgery is the only known 'cure.' Try not to use antiperspirants with aluminum.

By anon77118 — On Apr 13, 2010

I'm 26 and boy have i been through a lot with these sweaty hands! It's embarrassing, holding hands, dancing, greeting, and even trying to write without the paper sticking to your hand. Oh, but nothing tops sweat dripping down my hand!

I cry sometimes because its uncomfortable and it makes me insecure!

My hands sweat so much and my fingers start to swell so bad i can't even make a fist. I think the summer time is the worst because there are certain shoes i can't wear because my feet sweat too! Forget using open toe shoes because my feet will slide forward which causes me to walk weird! i wish this would all go away!

By anon77038 — On Apr 13, 2010

i'm already 36 this year but my hands and feet still sweat like crazy. I even went for the surgery seven years ago. hoping it will end my misery but it didn't. Don't know why it did not work for me. i hate handshakes, non sweaty palm sufferers will not understand how we feel.

By anon76937 — On Apr 12, 2010

I'm 16 and my hands are sweating at this very moment. it seems like they sweat 24/7 and won't stop. i hate it especially around girls. i gave a girl a high five in church yesterday. She didn't comment but i saw her wipe her hand.

My hands sweat even worse when I'm around a lot of people. It's not that I'm nervous, because it happens even when I'm at home watching tv.

The crazy part about all this is that most of the time my hands won't sweat unless i think about them sweating.

By anon76911 — On Apr 12, 2010

well, I don't know that I agree with the fact that it goes away in your twenties. I am almost 21 and my hands still sweat. they have gotten better but are not completely dry yet!

By anon76484 — On Apr 10, 2010

I get sweaty palms, like all the time, except when its cold but even then i sometimes do and i can't wear coloured tops because i sweat so much and it really gets me down sometimes.

just when you think it's getting better it doesn't. when will it stop? i can't like hold hands with anyone or anything and then they think I'm just being weird. argh! it's so annoying!

By anon76419 — On Apr 10, 2010

I am 19 years old and I too, have the same problem. As I was reading the comments I was a little comforted, yet disappointed. I found out that I am not the only one but I was upset because this problem is really hurting a lot of people.

I don't have a cure but I must say my hands sweat and my friend said, "eww clammy hands" lol, but look guys -- no one is perfect. So what if we have this little problem? Instead of complaining, accept it. As I was typing this I did have to wipe my hands a few times lol -- but it's OK. Would you rather have sweaty palms or cancer or born blind? I don't know about you but I am thankful that my "disorder" is just sweat on my palms that I can wipe away.

So listen: we are the sweaty palm family lol. I know how you feel, but don't be ashamed of who you are, and the next time someone makes fun of you, let it go because they have problems too.

There is only one person who can hurt you and that is you, so love yourself, accept yourself and know the high value of yourself. Peace and love to you all. God bless.

By anon76411 — On Apr 10, 2010

I am i 19 year old girl and i have had this problem my whole life. My whole life is restricted and always has been. Going to work to interviews is a challenge -- even signing a bank slip.

My friends wonder why i have to wear socks on hot days but if i wear thongs, i slip in and out and have to run to bathroom every five minutes to wipe the sweat off.

I can't bear it anymore. It's driving me insane. I don't want to live like this. What can i do?

By anon76075 — On Apr 08, 2010

It's quite intriguing that a lot of the people here who have this problem are in their teenage years. I've actually read that people who have this problem tend to be teens, and looking at a lot of the comments here, it seems quite true. I, myself, am a 16 year old male. According to the same article, the sweating in most cases, goes away in your twenties.

By anon75904 — On Apr 08, 2010

I am 12 and I'm having this problem. My hands and feet always sweat. During exams, I've got to keep on cleaning my pen and rub my hands against my skirt.

When playing games with my friends, I'll always try to avoid handshakes. It's so irritating!

Are there any pills to allow the sweat to go away permanently?

By anon75770 — On Apr 07, 2010

Wow, so I am not alone. I can't stand it. I've had this problem since I could remember. At first I thought it was nothing. But now I'm 15 and it still hasn't gone away.

I feel like it's gotten worse actually. It's so embarrassing. I hate it. In class I'm always trying to find some way to cool off my hands, to chill the sweating. And I know I look like an idiot. My feet sweat all the time too.

And people try to mess around with me and I can't use my hands when playing around back because I know they'll say something. So I just sit there. And now my armpits have gotten that way.

My mom said she had it too when she was younger but it went away. I really doubt that with me. She even says it's because I'm growing up. Really wish there was a treatment.

By anon75494 — On Apr 06, 2010

I have the cure. Go get this antiperspirant called Drysol. This thing really works, and i only have been using it for two weeks and i don't even sweat a bit, only a tiny little bit.

Good luck!

By anon75198 — On Apr 05, 2010

wow, i would have never thought this was a disorder. That's crazy. i have the same problem with my hands and feet.

i hate it because i can't even enjoy simple pleasures for long. The thing i hate the most about it is i can't hold my girlfriend's hand for more than a minute and then she gets mad because she thinks i don't want to.

By anon74858 — On Apr 04, 2010

I have the same condition and it stinks.

By anon74857 — On Apr 04, 2010

I'm 17, and I can relate to all of you. I feel like having this annoying sweaty hands, feet, and armpit issue really limits you and when I try to explain to my parents why it upsets me so much they just can't sympathize with me because they have not experienced the embarrassment that results from this condition.

In school, teachers question why the paper is all wrinkled and I just smile and say sorry. I hate holding heads and shaking hands with people because you know what they're thinking.

I absolutely hate it and desperately am trying to find something that actually works, but have yet to find that something.

By anon74600 — On Apr 02, 2010

i do have the same sweating palm problem almost the whole day. please sort out my problem if you can.

By anon73998 — On Mar 30, 2010

I too have the same problem with sweaty palms and hands. My hands sweat a lot even if there is no stress or tension. I hate handshakes. My two phones were damaged due to this reason. I plead with anyone to please give some cure.

By anon73509 — On Mar 27, 2010

I've had sweaty hands, feet and armpits for the last seven years. Finally today i have had surgery and i feel great. The surgery was for my sweaty hands but it seemed to have worked on my armpits and feet as well.

i'm only angry because i waited this long. i recommend people to go get it done if it's serious. it's a little painful afterward, but it's worth it.

By anon73369 — On Mar 26, 2010

Glad I'm not alone in this. I'm 28 and have always have sweaty palms and feet, worse when I play sports. I mean they're dripping wet. For those of you out there with a milder problem I know that Prantal powder and Driclor Roll-on helps, as a friend of mine found it quite useful. Doesn't work for me, as my condition is just beyond help.

By anon73216 — On Mar 26, 2010

Hey all, am from Singapore and like all of you, I face the same problem: sweaty palms. I do knuckle bumps instead of high fives and I really, really hate hand shakes. Simply because it's embarrassing.

I heard there's a cure for this: MES surgery, but not sure if it really works and don't know how much will it cost.

Lastly, just want to tell you that we're in this together. Peace out!

By anon73161 — On Mar 25, 2010

I am 14 and I've head sweaty hands and feet for like two years. everyone told me it was because of stress and puberty but it hasn't gone away and it's getting so embarrassing. I'm at the stage where i want a boyfriend but i can't hold their hand.

i have to skip class when we play games and i can't let people touch my phone. i seriously think my life sucks because of this stupid problem and I'll do anything for it to go away.

someone please help.

By anon73140 — On Mar 25, 2010

Wow, I'm glad i have found this website. Now I know I'm not alone. I'm 15 years old and I'm a freshman. My hands sweat like crazy. (so do my feet and armpits, and i always try wearing like black, yellow, or white shirts because it's less noticeable).

I hate giving people a high five or shaking hands or holding hands with a guy. It's so annoying. I wash my hands like 10 times a day while at school and i always have a wet paper towel with me because sometimes it helps.

So try washing your hands every chance you get. I've researched this so many times but I've never found any cure. I tried baby powder but it only helps for about a minute. I really hate it.

I just started going out with a kid at my school and I'm so scared he's going to like try holding hands with me or something, because it's so embarrassing. This really stinks.

By anon72721 — On Mar 24, 2010

Yeah, I had this problem too. It keeps you from doing many things like shaking hands,typing on the computer, playing/texting on your phone, you list it. Very unpleasant and annoying. Glad I'm not alone.

By anon72642 — On Mar 23, 2010

I have had sweaty hands as long as i can remember.

I found that it dries off rather quickly if i don't touch anything and let the wind dry it off (like fanning your self with the hand). But if i put it on the table, for example, then it would make a puddle.

One more interesting note: If my hands dry off then my feet also become dry (like they are linked).

By anon72266 — On Mar 22, 2010

I'm an 18 year old girl and i have sweaty palms.

I like to work on the computer and it has been very annoying with a sweaty mouse. i suffer anxiety problems but i cannot take medicine because i am a drug addict. please help.

By anon71521 — On Mar 18, 2010

I have this same problem. Whenever I sweat, which is usually all the time, ad someone wants to high five me, what I've done is fist bump them. Knuckles don't sweat. Whose do?

I hope this helps anybody with the sweaty palms problem who gets high fived.

By kirsty123 — On Mar 18, 2010

i get sweaty palms but only when I'm in class and it's a big problem if i leave my hand on the desk there's sweat on the table or when i use a pen. it's starting to really bug me. How can i stop it?

By anon71209 — On Mar 17, 2010

I'm a 13 year old boy, and my hands and feet sweat *all* the time. With my group of friends, they all like to do hi-fives whenever something funny comes up.

I, however, don't like to do the hi-fives, because of my hands. Whenever one of my friends gives me a hi-five, I try to wipe off my hands on my pants quickly before the hi-five so they're not as wet. But, if I don't get to in time, they say "ow, you're hands are all sweaty", and it's very embarrassing. Please help me.

By anon71134 — On Mar 17, 2010

I'm 14 and I only just realized today that there were other people like me!

I have to visit a podiatrist regularly to check up on my feet (for another reason)but they always comment on how i always leave this massive puddle on the sheet of tissue that they put down on the medical bed.

Also, i find it hard to avoid high-fiving people especially in a girls' school where everyone is either hugging or high-fiving! and the awkward look you get from teachers when you hand in your work at the end of the lesson and the sheet's all ripley because your hand soaked it up.

if i ever get caught out, i say i just spilled water in my bag, or washed them. But most of the time, i just give them a pleading look so that they won't make a scene and get away from them so i can cry.

By anon71055 — On Mar 17, 2010

yeah it's really so annoying having a sweating hands and feet. There are a lot of things you can't do freely just because of having wet hands and feet, really embarrassing and annoying. anyone can share a cure for this, much appreciated. thank you so much.

By anon70710 — On Mar 15, 2010

I'm a freshman playing tennis at school, and sweaty palms have became a mighty problem.

Every time i lend people my racket, they would always say comments like, "Why's your grip so wet?" and i would turn red.

So from then I didn't really let people borrow my racket anymore. I wish there was a cure.

By anon70697 — On Mar 15, 2010

hello to all,i am also suffering from the same problem since my childhood, it is very embarrassing for me, in the class i used to put I have my hanky under my palm while writing anything. otherwise my copy becomes wet. i sweat also in winter. At that time my hands become so cool like I've put them in refrigerators, and it is due to evaporation.

now i'm 37 years old but the problem is as it is. so kindly help me to overcome from this problem. i'm from delhi (india). my native place is ville simli.

By anon70653 — On Mar 15, 2010

I'm a 14 year old girl and I've had sweaty palms and feet for as long as I remember.

It's horrible to try and take notes in class.

I like to use a fountain pen but find my work is basically a blue puddle by the time I'm done.

I was prescribed tablets which if taken daily did reduce the problem but after around 10 months their effect began to wear off.

By anon70559 — On Mar 15, 2010

I'm 14 and I'm in speech. I'm not horrible at it so i tend to get a few medals. lol. But of course, instead of being happy about how i did in the competition. I'm worried about my sweaty hands and when i shake the lady's hand who gives me my medal and what she will think.

My sweating in my hands is usually only when I'm under a lot of stress but it does happen during a regular day of school but its not too bad. If i give a high five the sweat can be mistaken as just soft hands. But it is really embarrassing. I'm dreading the day when i turn a guy down when he tires to hold my hand because I'm too embarrassed.

I don't think i have any disease or anything major. I just want to find a couple of easy ways to make it stop! I know it could be worse but it still isn't fun having to deal with this --especially being a teenager.

So if anyone has some good easy tips for me that doesn't involve surgery or chemicals or electric shocks. Let me know!

By anon69710 — On Mar 09, 2010

oh gosh its really great to know there are others with this condition, but it still stinks! it gets in the way of everything. i have, however, noticed that an alcoholic drink or two completely stops the sweating! Has anyone else noticed this?

By anon69559 — On Mar 09, 2010

I'm a 19 year old girl and I have had sweaty palms since I was a kid. It holds me back from so much. It makes me act awkward in social situations. I want to be open and outgoing around people, but I don't want to put anyone through the awkwardness of touching my hands.

Just yesterday, me and some friends were playing a game where we had to write our answers on slips of paper.

Our answers were read and when the reader got to mine she said, "this one's wet..."

It is just so embarrassing to live with this. I can't shake people's hands or high five or anything, and it comes off as me being rude, when in reality I would love to be able to do normal things like that.

One time someone went to give me a high five and I declined. I left them hanging and I said, "It's not you, it's me." Ha! not awkward at all lol.

I am a pianist and artist, so you can imagine the trouble there. If anyone is around while I'm playing the piano, the keys are soaked. It has become so embarrassing that I simply can't play around people anymore.

In art classes, I look like I'm not doing anything, but really I'm just waiting for my hands to become reasonably dry so I can do some work.

I can't even count the number of times I have cried about the effects this condition has had on my life. People who don't have it, just don't understand.

I am hoping and praying for a change though and I will keep trying different things until I find something that works for me.

By anon69363 — On Mar 08, 2010

Sweaty palms are always a problems for me. mostly i sweat in the morning when I'm stressed because i know i will have a very long day, but the nice thing is I then tell my brain that you know what? I'm not going to sweat for the whole day. It's quite amazing how the body the brain work.

you yourself can control some of the events that are occurring in your body, so try telling your brain to stop the sweating process and it will send signals to the sweat glands thus informing them to stop secreting more sweat.

By krysteena — On Mar 06, 2010

So explain this I'm a 18 year old with two heart problems: multi value prolapse and cardiovascular pulmonary disease and I'm numb in most of my body.

I have sweaty palms that come at random and I hardly sweat. I only sweat in my cleavage and the top of the butt crack and once in a very dark blue moon the normal arm pits. Most of the time I'm freezing but even then I get sweaty palms. Explain that because my doctors can't!

By anon68717 — On Mar 03, 2010

Although I believe there is no way of stopping my sweaty palms, i'll just learn to live with it since I and the rest of us sweaty hand peeps have it. So embrace your sweatiness!

By anon68455 — On Mar 02, 2010

Good to know I'm not the only one. I'm 11 and my friends have an unhealthy obsession with high-fives and when they high-five me or fondle my hands they always ask "why are your hands sweaty" and i always try to say something like "i just used germ x" or something. Baha. They believe it.

So when i wear jackets i pull them down so i can wrap the my palms in them, but then my jacket gets wet. Gross. Eh, for whom it may concern, try rubbing baby powder on your hands? That might help.

By anon68431 — On Mar 02, 2010

You guys sound like it's the end of the world. My hands sweat excessively, but the rest of my body doesn't. As when I sweat, I get a severe allergic reaction to it. I wish I were some of you.

By anon68110 — On Mar 01, 2010

hi guys just like all of you i suffer from the same condition. my palms sweat and it is always cold. is there any medication that i can take to stop it from sweating? thanx - Cape Town south africa

By anon67910 — On Feb 27, 2010

I can't believe there are so many other people like me. i hate it so much. A really embarrassing situation happened a few days ago. i had just finished an interview and the guy wanted to shake my hand. i quickly wiped it on my pants and shook it. what a mistake that was. It was so embarrassing. as i was walking away he said, man you have a sweaty palm.

It's also so hard to just touch my girl friend and hold her hand. It's like being cursed, It just ruins everything.

on the computer playing the xbox, even now.

sigh. life's so unfair.

By anon66872 — On Feb 22, 2010

i have sweaty hands also. i'm 25 and male. i hate it! Is there a cure for this illness?

By anon66821 — On Feb 21, 2010

I'm a 14 year old girl and my hands and feet sweat a lot. My armpits start to sweat, too. It's really embarrassing in school because I'm scared if a boy sees my sweaty hands so i always wipe them off on my pants.

I try to not think about them a lot so it could stop sweating because some people say its all in the head? I wish my hands didn't sweat so much. It's really embarrassing at school .

By anon66811 — On Feb 21, 2010

i am a 16 year old boy and i hate my hands because they're constantly sweating. i was walking to the barber shop and it was cold and my hands were sweating. every time i make a funny joke in school, girls start laughing and sometimes they want to shake my hands and i can't do it because of my hands! i hate it so i wear gloves now so I'll feel better. i wish i could stop this.

By anon66655 — On Feb 21, 2010

I have sweaty palms. I'm very warm and i need a way to stop the sweating. my ipod touch is gross when im done on it and my hands are sweating right now.

please help

By anon66616 — On Feb 20, 2010

i have this problem, too. my hands sweat a lot and it's really embarrassing because whenever we hold hands in church or something or whenever i high five my friends they are always asking, "why are your hands sweaty?" and i don't know? my feet and underarms also sweat a lot.

like i was in my church's valentines show and i had like sweat stains for no reason. i wasn't nervous or anything because i have done tons of shows in lots of places. please help. is there a treatment or something? thanks so much.

peace and love, justin.

By anon66594 — On Feb 20, 2010

I'm fifteen and I have this problem. I hate it so much. I can never hold my boyfriends or anyone else's hand, it's so embarrassing. My doctor gave me medicine for it, but it doesn't work at all. My feet sweat too, but it's not as embarrassing. I just want it to end.

By anon66357 — On Feb 19, 2010

I am 21 and i have sweaty palms and legs. I can't do any of my hobbies or studies perfectly.Please suggest something. With regards

By anon65992 — On Feb 17, 2010

I'm just a 16 year old high school kid and I'm pretty sure I have this. I've had insanely sweaty hands for years (I sweat when I'm cold too, and that's miserable because I end up freezing), and I wouldn't mind it so much if it didn't hurt the quality of my life.

I can't hold anyone's hand because they cringe back, I always wear long sleeves and hide my palms behind them, I can't raise my hand in class because the sweat literally waterfalls down my arm, I have to constantly wash my jackets and sweaters because the sleeves are drenched with sweat by the end of the week. It's disgusting.

The worst part is that it actually hinders my studies and tests! My hand sweats so bad that my test paper becomes wet and sometimes rips. So, I have to wait it out until the sweating stops, which is always more than 15 minutes, even when the classroom AC is on. I've failed more than a couple of timed essay tests that I could have aced because my paper was wet from sweat and obviously you can't write on wet paper.

And if that isn't bad enough, I'm an art major. I have to make a living from pen and paper, and half the time I can't even touch paper without ruining it because of my sweaty hands. I have to sit in art class doing nothing until my hands get dry enough to work with, but my teacher gets extremely mad at me for not doing anything, as she should. Problem is, what am I supposed to tell her? "I'm sorry, I have sweaty hands so I'm just going to have to waste everyone's time."

I hate how I sweat so much that I've contemplated just committing suicide. I mean, with these hands I can't touch anybody without disgusting them, I can't do my homework, I can't pass school, I can't do anything, I can't pursue the career that I easily could if I just didn't have ridiculously sweaty palms.

It's a relief to know that there is a cure to this, but I suppose I'll just have to wait it out until I'm a legal adult and also have saved enough money for the surgery, whenever that'll be.

By anon65901 — On Feb 16, 2010

For as long as i can remember i have had sweaty hands, feet and armpits. And it's not just when I'm nervous, but my hands are constantly sweating.

I had to give up serious gymnastics and going into competition because I couldn't hold the bar, and handstands on the mat always made hand marks. It was so embarrassing. I also play the piano and I'll leave and the teacher will have to wipe down the keys. I hate it.

I don't mind feet, although my uggs started to smell within a week of buying them. Writing tests or homework the paper will always get all wet and gross. The things i can't do because of my sweaty hands.

I mean, I'm 16 and my last boyfriend said he didn't mind, but hand-holding is supposed to be something you look forward to, and oh god i hated it. Then my armpits, for no reason will sweat too much and leave massive sweat stains. Ugh, it's terrible. At my last job interview I had to shake the manager's hand and it was so awkward. I couldn't make eye contact with him because i was embarrassed too much.

I hate using my ipod touch because it gets so sweaty. Oh man i just wish there was a solution.

By anon65802 — On Feb 16, 2010

I'm 20 and it's annoying having sweaty hands, because every time i meet my friends we give each other handshakes. lol. Yes i do play games and my hands are always sweaty. this stinks.

By anon65775 — On Feb 15, 2010

I'm 17 and I've had this problem ever since i was little. it is irritating because when i try to do my homework, watch movies, play video games or whatever i always have sweaty hands and feet and it's also cold at the same time.

my mom said that this problem starts when you hands are tired and wash your hands right away after playing video games or using any electronic devices. weird huh?

By anon65683 — On Feb 15, 2010

Whenever i play video games, my hands start sweating a little bit. I hate it because when I share the controller, people always complain because it's sweaty.

By anon65536 — On Feb 14, 2010

I'm 14 as many of the rest of you. I have extremely sweaty hands for like, no reason at all. It's so embarrassing because some of my friends are like, why do your hands feel like swimming pools? And holding my boyfriend's hand is gross too, because it makes mud between our hands, or it's just plain disgusting.

By anon65437 — On Feb 13, 2010

i have the same problem. I'm 17. my feet and hands are sweaty. My friends always ask me why I have sweaty hands. It's really annoying when I'm with my girl and she wants to hold hands. i don't now what to do.

By anon65039 — On Feb 10, 2010

I'm 15 and i have sweaty palms. Whenever I write, use the computer, play video games or something it gets bad and if i let someone else play (bad example) they receive my sweat covered controller.

It's really embarrassing and i want to know how to treat it.

By anon64688 — On Feb 08, 2010

oh my gosh. I'm not alone in the world. i am a 15 year old girl. i always have this problem ever since i can remember. it is very embarrassing. i hate holding anything because my hands are excessively sweaty. holding hands in church is the worst. is there any cure to this problem?

By anon64682 — On Feb 08, 2010

i don't feel alone anymore. Never met a girl with sweaty hands. we would have perfect chemistry. lol

By anon63306 — On Feb 01, 2010

I'm 14 too, (and it looks like we're all pretty close to age here-just to point out something.) and I have the same problem. It's hard for me to write.

My friends always ask me why I have sweaty hands. I never really found it embarrassing, but I still want to know why I have sweaty hands? And how I can stop it? Because I don't think it's just nerves and pressure, because I'm not any of those.

It's probably a medical problem,right?

By anon63246 — On Jan 31, 2010

I too have suffered from sweaty palms and feet. it's so embarrassing. I've tried all kinds of things. What's weird about it is when I'm high or drunk the sweating decreases. I've recently gone to a doctor and he prescribed me escitlopram. It's a miracle. I'm not saying the stuff works right away, though. It took about one week, but I'm so relieved now.

By anon63158 — On Jan 31, 2010

In my opinion, a girl who just turned 14 and i kind of have the same problem but it's only on my hands and it's never at dripping point.

i find it's mainly when I'm nervous, uncomfortable, and when I'm hot, but like people always try to high-five me, etc., and this happens like three times a week, and i either knuckle them or make some pathetic excuse, so it's still really annoying.

By anon63129 — On Jan 30, 2010

I'm 13 years old and i have the same problem as many other people do. my hands and feet are sweaty and this has been happening for as long as i remember and it's getting harder and harder to deal with. as i get older and when i tell one of my friends they think I am a freak and now that i have a boyfriend I am afraid to hold his hand because of this problem!

When I'm in class i wipe my hands on my jeans and my hands stick to the papers and smudge the ink. i avoid high fives and touching other people as much as possible. and my feet aren't that much of a big deal but they make my shoes smell so bad and it's kind of embarrassing when my friends ask who's shoes smell so bad and i have to tell them its me! Someone help me. i need some advice!

By anon62574 — On Jan 27, 2010

unlike most of you i do not just get sweaty palms when i am nervous or 'feeling self conscious.' It happens all the time and is very embarrassing.

I am a girl and 15 so holding hands with friends or boyfriends is almost unavoidable. Sometimes when with friends they notice and (hopefully not on purpose) publicly humiliate me by saying aloud 'Why do you have such sweaty hands?' i answer very awkwardly that i don't know.

the sweating changes in well sweating, sometimes it's controllable but other times it's as if I've just washed them. this is highly, highly embarrassing.

I've tried all sorts of things. Talcum power - this works for about five minutes but then I get sweaty again.

anti-perspirant - this leaves my hands very sticky and also still sweaty.

i also have sweaty feet but this isn't too much of an issue any more. i used talcum power on them and it lasts throughout the day. Except when I'm not wearing socks or tights, then it is a major problem as i find it hard to wear pumps in the summer.

if anyone has any suggestions that would be a great help. thank you.

By anon62278 — On Jan 25, 2010

I'm only 12 years old and i have the same problem. It's really annoying when I'm with my boyfriend and he wants to hold hands. This happened the other day at the school ball and I'm too scared to tell him about my hands so i kind of looked away and just closed my eyes trying to forget about itm but now he thinks I'm really frigid.

In the mornings everyone likes to do high fives so i always just have two say, knuckles, so we don't high five but some people have said to me, "why are your hands always sweaty?" and it gets really embarrassing.

Then when i am doing school work my hand sticks to the paper and i have to take it off and then you can see that the paper is wet

I just really need a cure that i can use without my parents or anyone finding out so something you would have in your house.

By anon62104 — On Jan 24, 2010

I can't believe so many people have the same problem as I do. My hands excessively sweat all the time. My problem is I'm going to be getting married in a couple of months and I'm very nervous about having to shake hands to greet people. Also, dancing is going to be tough. I really don't know what to do. Any advice?

By anon61787 — On Jan 22, 2010

I'm 16 years old, soon 17. I've had sweaty palms/feet since as far back as I can remember. I try to avoid handshaking as much as I can, high fives as well. Knocking the knuckles and giving hugs are the things I do. Some people think I'm gay. Yay.

However, there's this thing in Sweden called "Absolut torr" (Absolute Dry) which really helps with the feet. If you use it on your palms it'll get sick dry and your skin will get totally screwed up, and still sweat. But it works on feet.

By anon60606 — On Jan 14, 2010

also have been experiencing the same problems, just started about a month ago and have been researching for a cure that does not involve surgery or the expensive electric machine.

My hands sweat mostly in school and when writing and doing homework and causes me to smear ink on papers and papers stick to my hand. it sucks. somebody needs to figure something out about how to cure this.

By anon60181 — On Jan 12, 2010

I'm a sweataholic.

Seriously though, easily the worst thing about my life. If only scientists could see pages like this and the devastating effect of hyperhydrosis on every sufferer's life.

I suffer from hands and feet, though frankly it's only the feet I care about. Hands can be irritating, i.e., holding hands, high fives (particularly from immature schoolkids) but no one actually cares too much - if you merely suffer from hand sweating - be thankful it's not the feet!

My foot sweating suddenly got worse recently - not sure if this was the reason but I tried Driclor and it had rather than preventing sweating it made it far far worse. I'm genuinely avoiding social situations as a result - particularly clubbing and gigs etc., which sucks, especially at my age (19). I feel like it's really holding me back from reaching my potential in life.

Things that have helped - drinking sage tea, and also tomato juice, seems to have helped reduce sweating, particularly from the armpits. Buying shoe deoderising spray helps combat the smell. Antiperspirants are not very effective on feet as the skin on soles are thick. Currently trying the vinegar wash, which I hear can be beneficial, and also anti-bacterial. Also I don't doubt that drinking lots of water is also helpful.

By anon60070 — On Jan 11, 2010

My hands sweated my entire life. When in school my hands would drip sweat on my school work, etc. Job duties were a problem and embarrassing due to hand shaking requirements in business.

Ten years ago I had the pin hole surgery and my hands never sweat again. The procedure changed my life, so hopefully my results can benefit and educate you. Surgery really is the only way to truly correct problem.

I have tried everything from electronic pads, gels and antiperspirants which are all a waste of time and money.

By anon59730 — On Jan 10, 2010

i know its genetic but has our past somehow altered our dna, like biological weapons or something? Because if we were to trace our family lines there might be a connection. plus i'm vietnamese and 18 and i have a broad imagination, thinking something like biological weapons happened in nam or something that. Because if this is so, i'm going to sue.

By anon59729 — On Jan 10, 2010

i know it's connected to adrenaline but is it connected to heart problems too? Because if we're constantly in a state of adrenaline, would it be bad for our hearts? because in my family we have heart problems which cause some to collapse or get tired?

By anon59458 — On Jan 08, 2010

Iacoboni completely agree with your remedy. I actually tried it out and it works like a charm! I usually make myself a water bottle of soap water in the morning, at lunch, and after dinner. I use standard soap, but the flavored soap works well too. Another helpful trick I learned is to take a take a drink of water (do not swallow), stand over a sink, and slowly let it drip out of your mouth. I usually miss the sink and it gets all over the counter top! But truthfully, if you let the water slowly ease out of your mouth, it helps. I usually do this 3-4 times a day at work. My co-workers look at my like I am a freak, but that doesn't discourage me. Sweaty palms seemed to clear up a little bit after I started doing this.

By Iacobomw — On Jan 08, 2010

Hey guys - I think I have found a good remedy to sweaty palms. Drink a cup of soap water every morning for breakfast and evening after dinner. Seems to work really well. Also, you can try to blow the water out of your nose if you wish. Most people can't but at the very least you should be able to bathe in the water.

By anon59452 — On Jan 08, 2010

Hey guys - I think I have found a good remedy to sweaty palms. Drink a cup of soap water every morning and night. Seems to work well. You can also try to blow the water out of your nose if you wish.

By anon59297 — On Jan 07, 2010

Hyper Sweaty, Sexy :), male 45 for Los Angles, CA.

This has been my biggest embarrassment for most of my life. Meeting, dating, gatherings, paperwork have been dreadful.

Have tried drysol, robinul, iontopherosis and botox. They are all more trouble than the benefit. Now, I have changed things around in my mind and look at it from the positive side. Here's what I love about my condition.

Our hands and feet are the softest in the world.

We don't need to carry hand or foot moisturizer/cream, etc. Only a towel.

Our bodies get rid of toxins more efficiently via excessive sweat.

We are the happiest on rainy days.

We can stop sweating anytime, anywhere by having a drink or two. Helps when socializing.

If i get ugly comments from someone, I tell them that I have this condition so if they can't handle it, they should stay the heck away from me. I can find smarter people to hang out with.

So, never ever be afraid of your condition. Just embrace it and live life to the max!

Got some towelling flip-flops the other day and they work great. Carry a hand towel in the car, lunchbox, etc. Maybe one of these days, I will think of making an exclusive line of products for all of us soft, sweaters. After all, there are millions of us out there! :)

By anon59224 — On Jan 07, 2010

Hey i've posted here before but I have some advice because i've researched this condition thoroughly for almost two years. Basically there is no true cure for it.

The palms of the hands have more sweat glands than anywhere in the body as well as the feet. Why this is, i have no idea; talk to God. The surgery for this condition is just a trade off. everyone who gets it complains of another side effect so your condition has to be really bad for you to get it, plus the sweat can return gradually due to nerve regeneration.

It is also damaging your nervous system intentionally which doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

The method that i've been doing for awhile is iontohporesis, the electric treatment. It's a pain in the butt and takes time. To get it to really work for me, I do it once a week.

Dr. Oz who is frequently on oprah recommends the iontophoresis treatment. There is also botox which is expensive and can cost a lot of money in the long run.

The hardest part about this condition is the mental aspect. When your palms start to sweat your anxiety goes up which increases your adrenaline and neurotransmitters and even makes you sweat more.

I personally have it moderately. My hands will never drip sweat and never sweat all the time. It's actually worse on my feet than hands somewhat. It's amazing how many people have it but just think we would have never bothered researching or thinking about it if it wasn't for the internet. so the internet has been bad and good for palm sweaters.

Don't forget: everyone sweats so it is not abnormal; it's just the situation and how much you sweat which makes one start to worry. Taking deep breaths also helps.

I bet there are a lot of people out there who just disregard the sweat which actually helps them out mentally.

Everyone has it on a different level and everyone is wired differently so explore what works for you

Compared to every other thing that can go wrong, having sweaty palms isn't that bad. there are a lot of treatments for it which should help control the symptoms.

just try to stay positive; that's what i'm learning to do.

By anon59163 — On Jan 06, 2010

I am a 16 year old girl. I always have clammy hands and it stinks! Even when i am not nervous, my hands get really sweaty.

Like right now, I am home alone with no one around and my palms are still really sweaty. I do not know the cause of this. It has been happening to me since i was 13. Whenever i am high or drunk, it goes away sometimes.

I don't know what to do. I have tried everything but nothing works. What is the cause and how can i avoid this?

By anon59028 — On Jan 05, 2010

To help sweaty hands/feet: a protein shake every day and B-100 three times a day as well as a digestive aid.

Sweaty hands/feet is a physical ailment. It can have many causes, but is linked to a release of adrenaline and all the B vitamins especially B5 support the adrenals which regulate cortisol. The protein drink will supply amino acids which are most likely unbalanced and the digestive aid will help digest food into amino acids.

By anon58950 — On Jan 05, 2010

I have pretty much given up hope! I literally cannot function anymore because my palms are so sweaty. I have been off work for three weeks, refusing to get out of bed because my hands constantly sweat.

I do nothing but sit in my basement, play video games and watch movies that I project onto the wall. It's completely embarrassing to go out in public at this point. I find myself walking around in the middle of July wearing winter gloves over my hands because they are dripping with sweat. This is getting ridiculous and I need a cure quick.

By anon58687 — On Jan 03, 2010

I'm 17 and I've had to deal with sweaty hands all my life. It's annoying. However in recent years I've started going to parties and binge drinking etc. and I've found that when I get to a certain level of drunkenness my hands become dry as a bone. Not suggesting to you guys to become chronic alcoholics but just putting it out there that drinking really does work.

By anon58634 — On Jan 03, 2010

I'm a 42 year old male. My palms have been sweating since I remember. When I graduated the university of law, I became a judge, because in this job I don't have to shake hands with my clients.

from EU

By anon58186 — On Dec 30, 2009

I believe this has everything to do with your nerves. Because i too have this condition and believe it or not, i can almost positively remember the day i first experienced it.

It was one of my teachers in high school actually talking about the do's and don'ts in an interview and i can remember how nervous i got when i had to shake his hand. i am sure he noticed it as well because he looked me in my eyes and had that look like "oh no not you".

Unfortunately he did not pull me aside and spare me any pep talk or any words of wisdom to regain my confidence (that's the least he could've done) but i remember the class ended and i carried that with me ever since. it's like a curse that I had with me for the rest of my life, and the more i became aware of it the worse it became.

it affected my performance in school, lost plenty of chances with girls, and numerous job interviews. In turn, everything negative that happened in my life, can be somehow directly linked to my sweaty hands.

i went to the doctor and there's really no cure, and i have noticed that it happens mainly when i am nervous or self conscious around people or in a place where i am not comfortable.

it didn't happen to me before, so how did it start all of sudden at the age of 18? it does not bother me when i am in my comfort zone and also when i am high, which brings me to my conclusion. this is related to your central nervous system. it's like having a car whose engine gets hot, so you have to keep it cool. So be cool. Sleep a lot, drink lots of water, exercise (fat cells in your body can cause sweat) be in the best shape of your life so you have nothing to blame your miseries on.

Be confident, don't make excuses and don't be ashamed of yourself and the way you are. if you are in an uncomfortable situation, get out of it. don't force things and be ahead of schedule, don't be late, wake up early, be nice to others create your own comfort zone.

why do you think marijuana prevents this sweat palms? because when you're high your mind is not focused on your sweaty hands anymore, they are someplace else. So you can't be high all the time, so teach yourself to be calm and cool all the time. Be confident. Don't bring attention to your hands and other sweaty areas, look straight and upwards all the time. Look into people's eyes when you talk to them, so you won't think that they are focusing on your sweaty hands.

think about it this way: why is it that you are the only one in the room with that? did God decide that he was going to make you miserable? No! It's all in your mind, and think highly of yourself. That is the only way to overcome this and i bet it will work.

By anon58139 — On Dec 30, 2009

I'm a 16 year old girl and I also suffer from this problem. I just can't hold hands with people and I can't give anyone a high five and it's just so gross to have sweat pouring down your palms.

I can't buy a phone like iPhone where you have to touch the screen, because the phone will get all sweaty and wet. I also play the piano and the guitar but when I do it the keys get all wet and I have to wipe them all after I'm done playing.

I want a cure so badly. I've had enough of it.

By anon57967 — On Dec 29, 2009

I am a 14 year old girl and i have really sweaty hands and feet. i really hate this condition but it was a relief to know that i wasn't alone in this situation.

I am required to take a dance class at school and am constantly having to pull up my sleeves in class. Even doing this doesn't do much because it only covers my palms. I try to shake it off when people are grossed out by my sweat but it's still humiliating and i find myself not doing some things because of my hands.

I'm a really good dancer but I'm always so uncomfortable that its hard to focus in class. I'm in eighth grade now and i will be starting high school next year and i really don't want to go into that with low self esteem because i let my hands bother me.

I know it's not a big deal but it does affect my life. i have tried antidotes for my hands but they made them red and bumpy. but the other methods that people said above seemed to have positive results so I'm going to try them.

Wish me luck!

By anon57905 — On Dec 28, 2009

I am a 22 year old male and have had sweaty palms all my life. It affects everything I do. I have not shown up for work in over two weeks because I am constantly sweating.

I have never had a girlfriend because all girls are obsessed (or so I have been told) with holding hands on a date. There is no possible way I could go through with holding hands because of the sweat constantly flowing off my palms. Recently, my sweaty palms have been taken to a new level of sweating. I have had to wrap towels around my hands in public because the sweat was flowing off my hands like a waterfall. Can anyone help?

By anon57904 — On Dec 28, 2009

Sweaty palms is no laughing matter. One of my managers suddenly left work one day this year with severe sweaty palms. We haven't seen him in two months.

By anon57716 — On Dec 26, 2009

I'm a 14 year old girl and i have severe sweaty hands. i haven't tried anything to cure it but I'm going to start now because it is so embarrassing. i can't even hold my friends' hands or dance with someone at a party because they will get grossed out.

my feet also sweat but not as much as my hands do. i hope that they will find a cure for this soon. i hate having this problem. "/

By anon57585 — On Dec 24, 2009

I have sweaty hands and this is why I won't buy an iphone because the phone would just be wet. sometimes my paper will get wet too. i hate shaking peoples' hands, but yeah, i still love life. it's all good.

By anon57488 — On Dec 23, 2009

I'm 15 and it sucks! My feet sweat a little.

My hands sweat a lot. It's whenever I'm typing on a keyboard or while I'm doing my homework. I don't know how I'm ever going to hold a guy's hand. I started to get irritated by my sweating hands when I started high school.

By anon55925 — On Dec 10, 2009

I hate this! I'm 17 years old and I live in the Cayman Islands. Hyperhydrosis is said to be genetic, which is true in my case, because my aunt, cousin and I all have it.

I have it worse than maybe any of you guys who commented. My hands sweat, so do my feet, and my underarms sweat like rivers and so does the groin area sometimes.

I've tried drysol but it doesn't really work. It would leave my hands not sweaty for a few hours then a while later it would start again. I'm in college and I'm so frustrated by this. I hate hugging people, shaking hands, etc. I can't do anything. Please find a cure!

By anon55654 — On Dec 08, 2009

i have sweaty palms, even my feet are sweaty too,

and i have noticed it happens to me when I'm angry or mostly under pressure from something But i don't care or worry about it a lot because I'm fine with what i have. all i do is clean my hands before seeing someone and if they want to shake hands i tell them i have sweaty hands. they don't mind.

be who you are. i can promise you that you'll be never embarrassed again. SAK,canada

By anon55266 — On Dec 06, 2009

i have had sweaty palms my whole life and holding hands with girls is nearly impossible. I used to smoke a lot of weed which helped tremendously, however now that i want to stop this issue has came up again.

This really sucks, but i am glad that other people share this unfortunate condition. Keep it real guys, this condition shouldn't change how people see you.

By anon55218 — On Dec 06, 2009

Hello there, thanks for the information on sweating palms. It's really useful and I will apply it to try and cure this condition. Thanks, Biggie

By anon55085 — On Dec 04, 2009

Thank you for this information. I found it extremely useful.

I have suffered from sweating hands for most of my adult life. I finally cured my problem when I followed a guide I found online.

By anon54711 — On Dec 01, 2009

I'm 16 and this problem is such a killer.

I can't shake a teacher's hand, i can't hold my girlfriend's hand, i can't give anyone high-fives.

it sucks, but it does feel kind of cool to be in the 1 percent.

By anon54523 — On Nov 30, 2009

I'm 30 and have met several people with sweaty hands. The most common thing about it is that when under stress my hands, feet sweat and excess saliva. I looked up cures, but it is too costly and has some drawbacks.

My only advice is to be confident, since mentally it helps the body relax. Being high does help, but the cost to your lungs and way of life don't match it and is illegal, ending you in jail (I have tried it for a while and ended up quitting). Typing this is easy, but I have yet to be able to master it myself. It is great to hear other people have similar stories, the fist shake, church prayers and interviews.

By anon54322 — On Nov 29, 2009

Hi everyone

I'm a 16 year old girl and i have sweaty hands but not nearly as bad as what I've been reading. I want to be an actress and I'm starting to think that dream is out the window because what some roles may require (i.e. hand holding).

I really hope a cure (not involving surgery or botox) comes about very soon because I can't deal with this all my life.

At the very top it says that this problem only effects 1% of the population which makes me think they won't care enough to try and fix it :( hopefully that's not true and are cure will come out VERY soon.

By anon54309 — On Nov 29, 2009

hello! I also experience the same problem you all have. In fact, while writing this comment my hands are starting to sweat.

Please help as I'm losing my self confidence. :(

By anon54253 — On Nov 28, 2009

I'm 16 years old and my hands/feet sweat profusely, i.e. if i have a hand rested on the car door handle during even a short trip, in no time i will have conjured quite a little puddle in the pocket of the door below the handle.

I haven't thoroughly explained to anyone outside my family so i merely say "I'm sick" when people go to high five or shake my hand.

I am a "late-bloomer" and my sweating has been taking baby steps to getting more manageable as I've gotten older. Finishing puberty is my only hope of ridding myself of this obnoxious curse.

I find that this isn't necessarily a "nervous only" condition in my case, even when I'm being lazy and sitting at my computer (the fan is always on in my room to help, by the way, even during winter). My hands simply sweat when they want to, and especially when i am nervous.

I also play in an orchestra and a love playing all sorts of music, but when asked to preform privately i always refuse simply because they are usually close up and will comment on my hands which is simply embarrassing and frustrating.

I've tried everything. I could sit here and type for hours of all the products, remedies and ridiculous measures i have gone through trying to cure this. For someone starting to try all these different things, here's a spoiler: none of them work. I've done everything, from putting my hands in boiling hot tea for a half an hour for a week, to using all sorts of prescription products. nothing has worked. :( I'm glad I found this site to see I'm not the only one.

By anon53863 — On Nov 25, 2009

i have sweaty palms, feet, face and armpits too. does anyone else experience pain like i do though?

i tend to swell up, my fingers swell to twice its size when im cold, and my skin splits, leaving little red welts on my fingers.

my hair falls out in clumps and I am rapidly losing weight. is this hyperhidrosis? a doc told me it could be hyperthyroidism, but tests show it's not.

im constantly in pain and am depressed. am i suffering from hyperhidrosis? Because im really not sure. Please help.

25 year old Asian female

By anon53540 — On Nov 22, 2009

i am in the military and it's embarrassing to stand in formation, in parade rest, and have my palms exposed to those behind me. After a short while, my hands begin to drip and form a small puddle behind me.

My feet also get very sweaty and this has caused infections and irritations while training for days in jungle boots (even though i change socks regularly). Most times, i refuse to shake hands -- i would propose the knuckle bump first haha.

By anon52963 — On Nov 18, 2009

i am a 15 year old girl with sweaty palms and feet. this problem has been affecting me since i was a kid.

whenever people want to shake hands with me, i would become self conscious and after people shake hands with me, i would look at their hand. it is always the same result -- they wipe their hand on their clothes.

i tried everything from washing my hands every hour to putting baby powder on my hands, but nothing works. my hands even sweat when i am in an air-conditioned room.

By anon52730 — On Nov 16, 2009

Everyone, you guys can use certain dri, but it only works in the pits, but that still helps a little. it helped me in about two or three days to see a result.

By anon52575 — On Nov 15, 2009

I think I can link a hyperactive CNS to sweaty palms in my own life. I have severe anxiety and have terrible sweaty palms.

By anon51848 — On Nov 09, 2009

good weed helps, in low quantity s.

if you don't get super baked, the chronic definitely helps as others have mentioned.

By anon51567 — On Nov 07, 2009

I too am a victim to this curse. i fully understand all of my kind because i thought i was the only one of my kind, but seems like I'm not the only one. i feel a relief that there are people out that that also have the same problem as i do and i too get the eww, that's gross or why are your hands always wet? i thought it was because i was nervous for some reason but now i can understand that it is not me. it is a condition that can't be treated. but the only thing that can be done is hope and wait to see if science can help to find a cure. so with this note i end: we have this curse for a reason and i believe we have this thingy for a reason and one other thing. my doctor recommended a treatment called dryson it works for a day or two, but if you have any questions, ask your doctors about it. it's called dryson.

By anon51405 — On Nov 05, 2009

I've noticed a lot of people asking if there is a miracle cure. Well, I'm afraid there isn't one. But there are things out there to make it all seem more manageable! I too have a boyfriend whose hand I don't like holding if my hands are sweating. I hate shaking hands, and get nervous if people realize how much Im sweating. I'm female, 23 years old, I have palmar (hand) and plantar (foot) hyperhidrosis, and I've tried a few of the treatments, and I'd like to share some of the benefits of each of them with you.

Antiperspirants: I started off with an antiperspirant called Odaban. If you have underarm sweat I'd say definitely buy this stuff -it works very well. however for my palms (which sweat quite profusely) and feet it didn't work. It obviously depends on the severity of your hyperhidrosis, but I'd say if you border on the more extreme sweating on your hands then it's money not worth spending. I still buy the stuff though because it seems to work a treat everywhere else on my body! But I'd say give this a go before you try any of the other treatments, as it's the cheapest, and least time consuming.

Iontophoresis: I then bought an iontophoresis machine. It has moderately good results. you can feel a difference, maybe you'll sweat slightly less strongly, or in certain 'comfortable' situations where you used to sweat- like sitting at home, seeing your friends etc., you won't sweat anymore. However, you will find yourself sweating just like you always did in any stressful situation. I have found more recently though that if you seriously up the amount of iontophoresis you're meant to do, i.e., do it every day, there are definitely benefits. But be warned, this is time consuming, and you'll go through a lot of batteries! I personally am still undecided on this treatment. I think it takes a while to find the right balance for you, and perhaps I just haven't found it yet. The downside of a 'trial' of this treatment is that it is expensive, and if it doesn't work you might feel very let down. It's worth talking to your doctor about it, as if you live in England it can be offered on the NHS depending on whether your local hospital offers it.

Botox: I finally tried botox for my hands. My doctor suggested it, and after saving up a bit, and knowing I was going to have a few interviews after graduating Uni I thought it was worth the cost. I went to Harley Street -CosMedocs. I treated my right hand only because a) it was cheaper that way b) if it didn't work then the waste was only on one hand c) my right hand is dominant in my life i.e. shaking hands, writing etc. It worked like the miracle I had always been looking for. I mean it, I was so happy with the results. But there were side effects. I found I had quite severe weakness for the first few weeks. For example, trying to write things down was difficult. I couldn't grip properly, which was quite scary. This did lessen, but there was a certain amount of weakness for a couple of months. It also only lasted on me for three months. However, I was a lot more confident when I went out, offering my hand out first to shake people's hands. My nerves in interviews were only to do with the interview and not my dripping hands. I would love to get botox again, but it's major downfall -- it's cost-- has held me back. Yes, it is painful, but it only lasts 15 minutes for three months of carefree handshaking!

It is silly that I've gone through a lot of money and time to basically please other people. I just had the mind that I needed to just know if there was something out there that could help me, because what's the good in not knowing?

My other tips along the way have been to wear long sleeves when you're writing something down --just put the sleeve over the part of you hand that hits the paper. Long sleeves also work well as a place to absorb some of the sweat. Cotton socks are great for sweaty feet, and don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. I wear leather gloves in winter, which keep my hands warm (even if they are sweating) and found that the sweat doesn't absorb through like with cotton gloves. I also sometimes wear my leather gloves for interviews, as they look quite smart and the interviewer wouldn't know your hands are sweating. I am aware that this isn't always the best way to go to an interview, as hiding your hands might seem a bit strange. But I'd rather think I was a bit strange, but my confident personality could shine through, than be judged straight away as being a nervous wreck through my sweaty hand shake.

The most mentally healthy of us would decide that actually it's not that important and you won't let it get to you, and good for you if you can feel that way! But also remember there is no shame in going out there and trying to find out your options, ask your doctor, don't be embarrassed. My GP actually told me it's more common than I could have imagined. You're not alone!

By anon51020 — On Nov 02, 2009

I'm a 12 year old girl with sweaty hands and feet. I can only wear flip flops because my feet sweat so much if i wear shoes and everyone always asks me why i wear flip flops in winter. I don't ever reply because i mean, what can i say? My palms also sweat a ton and when people touch my hands they say "eww gross!" and wipe it on their clothes. They don't understand, and they never will. I know how all of you other sweaty hand and footers feel, and it's really a relief to know that I'm not the only one who has sweaty hands and feet. I was starting to think I was the only one like this. I've had sweaty hands and feet ever since I can remember and I don't think it's something I will grow out of but I can only hope, right?

None of the people in my family have this except for my cousin. He has the same problem and that's also a relief to know because he isn't grossed out by my sweaty hands like everyone else. Even my mom thinks my sweaty hands are gross. It just makes me appreciate my cousin even more.

Don't let your sweaty hands and feet become more than a problem than they should be. Remember, all the people that tell you how gross it is don't know what you're going through, and they'd feel the same way as you if they had the same problem. Don't let them bother you, just go on with your life. I've felt alone and unconfident in myself for so long but I keep going on even though my sweaty hands are a problem and I don't high five people or hold hands. Hopefully someday they'll find a cure and we'll all be free of our sweat.

By anon51017 — On Nov 02, 2009

I'm 11 and my hands sweat all the time. It's so embarrassing when people ask for a high five and they get really grossed out. And it's very noticeable because my hands are always bright red and sweaty. I really hope someone finds a cure.

By anon50091 — On Oct 26, 2009

Thanks Much "anon12253" for the detailed coverage. I do have similar sweating since childhood. It does take a big toll occasionally. It does not smell though.

Anyway, now I've learned to live with the problems. I use Absorb powders, socks to manage. Sometimes food does do the trick like eating non-veg with a sound sleep. However we are second to none. Keep pushing .

By anon50058 — On Oct 25, 2009

I'm 23 years old, first time about to see my fiance. I'm confident enough that she likes me, but hopefully she won't be bothered by my hands. i told her about it. she was asking me if she won't be able to hold my hands, lol. i said why not, you can, but they sweat sometimes. i do care, but I'm not scared. i will see her. By the way, I'm in the military, a soldier. i never back down. don't give up people. this won't stop me. believe in yourself.

By anon49621 — On Oct 21, 2009

I'm 19 and in college my sweaty hands make me feel very uncomfortable around other people. Sometimes it gets so bad i don't even go to classes. I have been using drysol for about a month but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. I have been told not to use iontophoresis because I have a metal plate in my wrist. Can anyone suggest any other techniques for me please? I hate this.

By anon49339 — On Oct 19, 2009

I feel just like all of you guys do. I go to church, and during one part of church, we have to hold hands and pray! it so embarrassing! all my friends are trying to be polite but even i agree that it's so gross! Help please!

By anon49133 — On Oct 17, 2009

omg i have had this problem since i can remember and im a lefty so i already smear the lead or ink but with sweaty palms its much worse. the paper crinkles up and it's gross. the keyboard right now is wet. i hate when i have to hold hands in church or high fiving. it's terrible.

By anon48296 — On Oct 11, 2009

I read a comment further up by a young 27 year old who was fearful that she would have a hard time in the military due to her sweaty hands. I have been in the military a little over 9 years and this has never affected my job performance or going through boot camp. I would say it's embarrassing when you are being introduced to people or being presented with an award. Simply because other people don't understand it or pass judgment based on the moisture of your hands ;) sounds absurd and is but this is what we have to deal with unfortunately. But as you alluded to, if you're fine with it, and there is no reason you shouldn't be, who cares? I think if you can get past what others think and you are confident in yourself this will override others assumptions of you. ; ) Hope it helps from a fellow Sweaty Palmer ; )

By anon47898 — On Oct 08, 2009

i am a 17 year old female and can remember having this problem all my life. it causes fear and and makes life really difficult and different from others. i am hoping to find a cure.

By anon47554 — On Oct 05, 2009

I'm an 11 year old girl who knows how all of you feel. I mean, whenever I play the piano I can't play well because of my wet hands. And when i was playing my DS, sweat trickled down my arms. Whenever I think about it, my hands start to tingle and dampen up. Now I'm really embarrassed to even play hand games with my friends, or share a pencil with someone who might need one.

By anon47545 — On Oct 05, 2009

What should I do, in an interview for a job or anything? It's seriously embarrassing when you have to shake hands and give them your first impression? Is there a not too costly way to get rid of that excessive sweat permanently? I'd be so thankful -- really.

By anon47257 — On Oct 03, 2009

Im 12 years old and have sweaty hands, but when I think about like holding hands it make them sweat like mad. Anyone else getting this problem?

By anon46797 — On Sep 29, 2009

it's amazing that so many people have this problem. Mine is worse on my feet than hands and i've posted here before about what i do to treat my hands which is hydrosal gel and iontophoresis. I heard surgery works for hands but not feet so i'm hesitant to do that as of now. Does anyone live in Orange County and have any tips or want to talk?

By jonnyboy — On Sep 29, 2009

hey i'm a 16 year old male who is also experiencing very sweaty palms and feet. i have a girlfriend and we held hands for the very first time a few days ago and she let go almost immediately because she thought it was gross, i was very embarrassed but i just laughed it off. i've even wagged dancing lessons in schools just to avoid touching other people's hands. my friends always ask for high-fives and stuff but i reject them because of my stupid hands. it makes me feel bad because it makes me look shallow or look as if i don't like them. i need some serious help! i really hope someone finds a cure for this someday soon and that person shall be my hero. at least i know that i'm not alone though, which makes me feel a little bit better.

By anon46633 — On Sep 27, 2009

I'm a 15 year-old male, and it's great to know that there are other people that suffer from HH. I first noticed it about a year or two ago, and it can be really annoying. I think I am fortunate that my case is only limited to my hands, and it is not as drenching as some have described. However, it is enough for others to notice, and it does make shaking hands difficult. Also, it seems to occur about 70 percent of the time. I always have to carry a napkin in my pocket to help hide any "outbreaks." I don't know any family members that have the same condition, so the thought of telling my parents about this makes me feel slightly awkward, although I know my mom has noticed. I think I'm going to try Odaban or Iontophoresis, and I really hope this works! Thanks to all for sharing their experiences and solutions!

By anon46622 — On Sep 27, 2009

I'm a 16 year old female and i've had sweaty hands and feet since i was 5. Sweaty hands are a big pain, like most people have said. i can't shake someone's hand because i'm scared to see their reaction. This makes my life really hard in school. when i try to write a paper, the paper gets all soggy. The only time when my hands don't sweat is when i'm lying down, ready to go to sleep. Some people have told me to go to the doctor but my mom says it's normal and that she had the same thing when she was younger. I've had it for the longest that i'm almost kind of used to it, but at the same time i can't stand it. I can't hold my boyfriend's hand because im so embarrassed, even though he says he doesn't care. I hope they find some type of pill or cure to this problem.

By anon45897 — On Sep 21, 2009

Try drysol. It worked for me.

By anon44474 — On Sep 08, 2009

I'm 14 and from the uk. I;ve had sweaty hands and feet since i was about 7. i can't go on any more. at times i have just shoved deodorant on my pits because i hated it that much but the worst i get it is on my pits, too. i feel so embarrassed and closed inside myself. At times i can feel sweat a little bit on my hands. since i am at school they are really bad but when i'm out in the nice fresh air they feel so soft. i told my mom and she said it's just part of growing up because she had it when she was little but i'm not like mom. i've had it longer than she has. I use baby powder. it helps a little bit in soaking it up but not for long, but its better than nothing i'll say. On my feet I use nice comfy cotton socks, but not black because that attracts heat. but on my pits i noticed i only seat to certain material, not cotton. i feel fresh then. Some say to wait a bit if you don't like it but i want to go to the doctor straight away because that is what i'm going to ask my mom to do-- to take me because i feel so pissed off about it now. Not just that me and this boy love each other. we're meeting soon but i don't want to until i get this sweat thing sorted. if not, well then it's wrecked my life totally. Just have some confidence and try to forget about this sweat thing. You never know -- it might just be your nerves thinking about the sweat so you sweat a lot more. But I hope someone gets a cure.

P.S. I use cotton for tops a soft type, and dove hair remover. You feel so dry but don't have hairy pits. On my feet I wear cotton socks, but not black since it absorbs heat. On my hands I just use baby powder. it helps but go to your doctors soon if nothing helps, you've got a problem or if your young you're just growing up more than the usual. basically you're going through puberty a little bit quicker or diffrently. You can't hide this forever. try something or forget about it. good luck. hope i helped. :)

By anon44040 — On Sep 03, 2009

I am a 27 year old female with super sweaty hands and feet. I have been looking for stuff to use, but since I have been dealing with this for practically my entire life, it doesn't really bother me. Of course when I meet a guy and he tries to hold my hand or something, I yank it back so fast and just tell them why. Every guy has wanted to see my sweaty hands and then are OK with it, even though I'm not. They really don't care! But, the sweat does become a problem when I have to shake hands, fill out long paper work (the sweat soaks the paper), prepare food, combing my hair (moisture makes my hair curly), and etc. Like I said, I have been living like this for years, so I'm used to it, plus every time I went to the doctors (annually for a physical) the retards would say that it is completely normal! It has only become a problem because I want to join the military. I am afraid that I won't be able to do certain things because of my sweaty hands. People I know who are in or have been in the military tell me not to worry, but these people don't have the problems we do. A recruiter even asked me if I rub dirt on them. Uuhhh no, I don't play in the dirt, plus it would just turn into mud anyway. He said I could use dirt during boot camp, but that's not enough for me to sign papers. I would never do botox, but if I do join, I think I would just so I won't be stressed over sweaty hands. If anyone knows anyone who is in the service with sweaty hands, let me know. Tell them to post. As far as my sweaty feet, I wear socks made with bamboo, they absorb the moisture. I also never wear the same shoes two days in a row. The thing that sucks about my hands and feet is that they sweat regardless of if I am cold or hot, regardless of if I am physically engaged in an activity or simply sitting on the couch. I'm not stressed, no anxiety, the bad boys just sweat simply because they can.

But really I was posting to offer encouragement to the younger ladies, don't worry about the guy problem, it seems like a big thing now, but like I said every guy I've ever dated, was "talking to" and even just friends with are okay with holding or touching my sweaty hands. I'm the one who says no.

By anon43710 — On Sep 01, 2009

hey people i will share with upi something. I have the same problem which is sweaty feet and hands.

One day i decided to try marijuana with a few friends and after five minutes my hands were completely dry! I have tried it only a few times. now i've stopped but it really worked great. I guess it works because it relaxes your body and makes you calm. I wounder when they will make a pill that you just take to solve this problem.

By anon43463 — On Aug 29, 2009

Has anyone had ETS surgery? I hear a lot of positive and negative stories. My HH is worse on feet than hands. my socks can get soaked throughout the day. I treat my hands with iontophoresis which you should try because it does help. Does this condition get better with age?

By arsi20151 — On Aug 27, 2009

People *please* use Odaban as I have several times in the earlier posts. I think it will help a lot of people who have sweaty palms. It's very cheap and you just have to use it properly. Hopefully it will work for all of you.

By anon43266 — On Aug 27, 2009

Hey! I have sweaty hands, especially when holding things like a pen longer. So, while writing, the pen is "sliding" in the fingers and I can't write a lot. Also, when a visitor comes in my office, I have to quickly "dry" my hands on my clothes before shaking hands. This situation makes me very uncomfortable, please help!

By anon43089 — On Aug 25, 2009

I'm a 14-year-old girl and my hands sweat when i hold things for a little while so i'm afraid that when i hold a boy's hand for a while they will start to sweat! please help me!

By anon42949 — On Aug 24, 2009

for me, the problem developed once i transferred to another high school where i found the curriculum more challenging and i'm an over achiever, so i was constantly stressed, with school/personal living situation,etc. Stress is the major culprit; when you think about things a lot or if you become anxious/excited this can/will often occur. i find that when i'm around my significant other, completely stress free, and in fairy tale world =) my hands are dry; as far as my feet, always wear socks-seems to do the trick!

By anon42921 — On Aug 24, 2009

im 10 almost 11. i have sweaty hands and grr sometimes feet and armpits. i'm going to use the odaban that everyone's talking about.

By anon42802 — On Aug 24, 2009

I am 11 and I have had sweaty hands since first grade. I had to hold hands with a boy I liked for a dance class, and he pulled away and said "Gross! Your hands are all wet!" In front of everyone :(

My feet are also sweaty too. I *hate* wearing flip flops because you can see the *beads* of sweat on my feet. It's so embarrassing. It's good to know that boys have this too, so I hope the next cute boy i see has sweaty hands like me! :)

By anon42540 — On Aug 21, 2009

why do we sweat when we nervous or scared??

By anon42521 — On Aug 21, 2009

i'm a 17 year old female that suffers from sweaty hands.

I've only had 3 boyfriends and they've all broken up with me because of my sweaty palms. I know this because they told me. I've switched schools and wish this could go away. I'm constantly embarrassed and can't pass job interviews because my hand shake wasn't "confident" enough, because of my sweaty palms. I want help.

By anon42279 — On Aug 20, 2009

I'm a 15 year old girl and i've also had sweaty hands and feet since i can remember. It makes things really awkward all the time and if i think about it it only seems to get worse. My current boyfriend also has this but not as bad as i do. And when he goes to hold my hand i always pull away. He says he doesn't care but it still bugs me all the time. Does anyone know a way to stop it?

By anon42180 — On Aug 19, 2009

I'm a 19 year old girl with super sweaty hands and i totally hate it. i can't even hold my boyfriend's hand when walking around places. my co-workers told me to go see a doctor and some relatives told me to be careful because it can be contagious, but no one else in my family that i know of has this condition. what do i do?

By anon41614 — On Aug 16, 2009

I am a 22-year-old female with sweaty hands and feet. i hate it. My case isn't severe but it still is a pain. My younger brother suffers from this also but his case is more severe. and yes just thinking about it makes it worse -- so annoying. Im guessing it is an inherited trait, but who knows? They need to invent an over the counter cure!

By anon41204 — On Aug 13, 2009

i am a 17-year-old male from the uk. i have had sweaty hands and feet since i can remember.

Throughout my life i have got more nervous bout shaking people's hands and stuff like tht because i hate their reactions. they either go, "err you got sweaty hands!" or they rub their hands on their clothes because they think it's disguisting. Also i struggled a lot at school (as in writing on paper in class) because the paper would become soggy and my ink would smudge. in the late years of school i basically gave up because my work would go all messy anyway, and i wouldn't be able to read it.

I have also struggled with girlfriends - it's so hard because i love holding their hands when my hands are dry but if their wet i have to avoid holding their hands. Luckily i haven't become a depressed young man who won't talk to anyone, and i am glad because from reading some of the comments on this website i have noticed that some people have excluded thereselves from people. I just get on with it and try not to think about it.

I have gone to the doctor's but haven't really got any feedback from them because it's so rare to have the condition what we have got in the uk. It has cheered me up that i am not the only person with this condition and that there are other people out there who are just like me!

Guys my hands sweat so bad to the point i could lift my hand up and let the sweat drip off. You just have to get on with it. don't let this stop you socializing! if i have got through this all through my life then i know all of you guys can easliy!

By anon40430 — On Aug 08, 2009

I am a 55 year old lady who has had this since 8 years of age. Than the cure was to take up smoking. So no I didn't do it. Once Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) came about in my teens I was put on it 3 times a day. It did help but it can make you very sleepy. Now because I have high blood pressure my doctor has put me on Ativan or (Lorazepam). This does helps some but it isn't 100 percent. My doctor said that botox can be injected into the hands but it takes over 20 pokes and only lasts 4 to 6 months. Not sure that is worth the cost. In school when I wrote I had a paper I called my scrap paper I folded and placed it on top of the paper I was writing on. It helped to keep my paper less wet. I have heard of another surgery that can be done where they clip the nerve at the back of the neck. But if it is clipped any too far your'e paralyzed. So it isn't for me. in the 60's I was told one in a million had it. wrong. not only do I have it, my sister, my son and my grandson have it. Mine now gets blisters and peel like a sun burn once or twice a year. I have had accidents from wearing flip flops on my feet and my feet being so wet I fall. So it hasn't been a fun life with wet hands and feet. But I have gotten used to it. --sew4u1954

By anon40371 — On Aug 07, 2009

i am a 13 year old boy and have sweaty palms i have always been afraid to shake someone's hand or hold hands at church and it has been so

embarrassing. please help. even now the keyboard is soaked

By anon40294 — On Aug 07, 2009

My son is 6 years old and he has sweaty palms. Not to the point that they drip but I am worried as he gets older, it may get to that point. I feel so bad for him because he knows not all kids are going through this. He has to hold the other children's hands in class and he tries to get out of it. He is already embarrassed about his problem. Any advice from someone who started out this young. I am hoping he will grow out of it. I can only hope.

By anon39830 — On Aug 04, 2009

Hey guys, I am a 24 year old male and have suffered from the "sweaty plams/feet" since I was about 13. In college, my sweaty hands seemed to subside a little but now are back in full force (and worse than ever!). Even when I'm sitting on the couch watching a movie, the flood gates open up... and you should see them when I'm getting nervous about something. The worst is that I want to get into a sales-type position, but how am I supposed to succeed when I can't even shake a client's hand?! While my condition is probably less severe than some of the other posts I've read, it is still affecting my life nonetheless.

Let's all pray that they come out with a pill to cure this!!

By anon39816 — On Aug 04, 2009

i'm a 12 year old girl and i have sweaty hands and feet since i can remember. it can suck sometimes and no one in my family has it. It's uncomfortable to shake someone's hand or to wear sandals but by reading this i feel better because now i know there's people like me. I don't want a cure anymore because then i wouldn't be me. i mean now i don't think sweaty palms and feet is a curse anymore. no i know it's something that makes me unique. Oh and i live in L.A. it might have something to do with it but oh well.

I hope someone has changed their opinion, but

I'm still only a kid, so whatever...

By anon38934 — On Jul 29, 2009

My palms and feet sweat like mad too. It started happening a year ago or so I notice that it really only happens when I am playing games on xbox 360 or PS3, or when I am out in a public place around a lot of people. My armpits don't really sweat, but the palms of my hands get soaked as well as my feet. Only certain games cause it too, like racing games.

By anon38494 — On Jul 26, 2009

I'm a 17 year old girl. I always sweat, and specifically from my armpits, whenever I play on my xbox360 or play computer games for a long time. At school I sweat too, and it's so embarrassing to raise my hand, because I am soaked under my arm without doing anything. At church I'm always embarrassed to hold and shake people's hands, because of my sweat problem. My brother has the same thing with the video games and sweat part, and he's only 13. If anyone can suggest some treatment or help I would be thankful!

By anon37730 — On Jul 21, 2009

The thing that sucks so bad is my hands are so sweaty that it makes me worry about it; therefore, making them more sweaty!!! Anyone know what I'm talking about?!?!

By anon37729 — On Jul 21, 2009

Wow, this is real eye opener. I figured I'd google "sweaty palms", and there would be very few sites. Having sweaty hands has really bothered me throughout my life. I'm young (18), so it makes it really hard. I always hated going to church due to the constant hand shaking, so I completely quit going. I seem to always try avoiding shaking hands, and it comes off sometimes that I'm stuck-up when I'm really not at all. I heard there is surgery that doctors take out some kind of gland that causes sweating in the hands. Anyone know anything about that? I wish I had a girlfriend with the same problem! Haha

By anon37698 — On Jul 21, 2009

Use ODABAN. it will definitely reduce the sweating on your hands and feet. Just use it properly.

By anon37560 — On Jul 20, 2009

I am 28 years old and I have extremely sweaty hands and feet and I live in the Caribbean. They literally drip and most times are cold. The thing that has me even more concerned is that after long periods of sweating my hands and feet become swollen and feel numb. I have had this problem from as long as I can remember. My brother has the same problem. When he takes off his socks you can literally wring the sweat from it, that's how wet it gets. For me, I have to buy shoes regularly as they stretch out or they are damaged from constantly being wet. For my hands, someday I have to use two rags because they become so soaked from the sweat. This happens even when I not nervous. When I am nervous they are at their worst. Can I tell you, when the climate becomes very warm my hands and feet sweat even in my sleep. Being embarrassed about this disorder is an understatement. Some of my friends don't mind my sweaty hands they will even take my hands and play with it, but it grosses me out. The only thing I like about it is that my palms are soft. I don't know if any ever had this problem but sometimes not often though, my hands and feet become so dry they feel like they the skin is going to tear and I have to get them moist to stop the irritation.

By anon37488 — On Jul 20, 2009

i am 16 years old and i have sweaty hands and feet all the time, whether it be that i am hot or cold, or in between. it gets really annoying, but i have a good sense of humor about it, and i try not to let it get to me too much, except this one time i was shaking someone's hand, and of course my hands were all clammy and sweaty, and when i shook their hand they were all like "is that lotion?" it was so embarrassing.

By anon37447 — On Jul 19, 2009

I am a 31 year old female and have been suffering with this forever. my hands sweat constantly. they can be cold like the arctic one minute and then dripping the next. same with my feet. it's awful and really affects things i do. no cute sandles for me, and shaking hands is really out of the question. i also have excessive sweating in other areas of the body which affects even the types of clothing i can wear. doctors have no clue why and give me the run around with blood tests and no treatment. i do notice that the more weight i lose the more i sweat. i'm 5'9" at 130 lbs currently after losing about ten pouds recently. i'm wondering if this condition is worsened by anorexic behaviors? i tend to go days or weeks without eating and under high levels of stress. can't someone just make a pill!

By anon37231 — On Jul 17, 2009

i have sweaty palms and feet and im only 12! i have lived with this since i was 8! i need some answers please! Thanks --Bry

By anon37217 — On Jul 17, 2009

i feel the same as number 156. like every time im writing a paper in school and don't pick up my hand for a good while, the paper is wrinkled and damp and my hands are even sweaty when im typing this.

By anon37016 — On Jul 16, 2009

Hey, I too have the same sweaty palms and feet as I guess most of you do. I noticed that when I go swimming, afterwards I am sweat free for at least until a day later. It must the chlorine or something, maybe it dries out your hands? This too happens at the beach... The salt maybe dries out your hands to a nice comfortable sweat free state.

By anon36324 — On Jul 11, 2009

I'm a 21 year old female with sweaty palms and feet, they seem like they sweat all year round. It's the worst feeling in my shoes...especially with heels, i feel like im going to slip and fall in my shoe. I hate to shake peoples hand i hate my hand writing when my hands sweat. *Help please*!

By anon36222 — On Jul 10, 2009

hi me too im 18 and having sweaty palms stinks! Please help.. Doctors?

By anon36171 — On Jul 10, 2009

I have a problem with sweaty hands. I'm a 15 year old girl and I'm not really sure if its very severe or not. All i know is that my hands are never completely dry. I noticed that when I'm at school doing my schoolwork, if i have my hand sitting on the paper for a little while, i will pick it up and there would be a wet crinkled area where my hand was. My pencil also get kind of wet, and when people ask to borrow it i worry its a little wet and too warm and I wonder if they notice that. Also, when I go to shake people's hands my hands are always sweating really bad. so I get embarrassed that they have to touch my hand. I mean my hands don't drip sweat, its not that severe, but they *do* sweat quite a bit. Enough to make me feel not so normal. Any cure that anyone knows of??

By anon35651 — On Jul 06, 2009

yeah, me too I have excessively sweaty palms. i don't know what to do for this. i need to cure this problem because this is not good. please tell me how.

By anon35570 — On Jul 06, 2009

I'm a 16 year old male. and my fingers are sweaty all the time (palms and feet too) it's really inconvenient because I play guitar. I found that a good (very temporary) solution is to read the newspaper. the stuff it's made out of almost instantly dries my hands.

anyway, it's nice to know I'm not alone.

10,000 Sweaty Fists in the Air!

By anon35486 — On Jul 05, 2009

hey, im 17 years old and I've had this issue for as long as i can remember! its so embarrassing when i go out on a date, and i feel embarrassed to hold hands with someone. if they're not clammy/ sweaty, i notice and almost instantly on command they get sweaty. my feet too. its so embarrassing. i hate it. i want to know how this happened and what i can do to cure it. even at school or doing paper work, there will be like a puddle on my desk!

By anon34849 — On Jun 29, 2009

my palms and feet have always been the sweatiest parts of my body... as i type this, all you should see my keyboard... it is annoying, my feet slide out of sandals and flip flops, my hands leave wet marks all over the place, but i have learned to cope. i laugh it off or make excuses for it... Living in a hot climate does not help either... i'm from the Caribbean... but the good thing is they cont always sweat a lot but to make matters worse when my hands aren't sweating they are very cold... i'm 24 years now and as long as i can remember its been like this... i've seen some surgical procedures that can be done but i don't trust surgery for something like this especially when their going through your chest to correct something in your hands and feet... although it is annoying and quite trying to have to cope... i hate having to shake or hold hands with other people and using other ppls pens or anything is a no no... i don't want anyone to scorn me... so since i'm scared of surgery i guess i'll hav to stick 2 using a rag or tp to help... i wish there were something else less invasive that could b done that i would hav access to...

By anon34713 — On Jun 26, 2009

I'm 13 years old right now, I don't know if I have this palmar hyperhidrosis, but my sister and my girlfriend and some people who I've had to shake hands with say that my hands are sweatier then normal, it's a little annoying and embarrassing sometimes. I don't know if it's palmar hyperhidrosis, but I'm a little worried, thanks for all the info! I love knowing I'm not alone too!

By anon34011 — On Jun 16, 2009

I'm 18 years old and i remember when i was little my hands became so dry when the weather outside was raining or moist. Which is really weird. it can be soakin wet when its hot. I hate this. As i get older in my teens my hands get worse. I'm jealous of people who have dry hands. It would be nice to hold on to my lover's hand. I hate it when i'm driving i'm constantly wiping it off. I always been kind of self conscious about my hands and touchin other people or giving high 5s. I think i got this from my dad. My brother doesn't have it and my mom doesn't either. I'm desperate to cure this, i want to ask doctor to treat this or try the obdaban everyone is talking about.

By anon33937 — On Jun 14, 2009

My girlfriend has sweaty palms. I think it's great. Her hands are natural lubricants when she rubs my back.

By arsi20151 — On Jun 01, 2009

People use Odaban! This will sure cure or at least control your sweaty palms or feet.

By anon33125 — On Jun 01, 2009

Just Another Sweaty Day in South Carolina, Ugghh! but i wish it wasn't.

If any y'all have a cheap home remedy don't hold out on us!! PLz tell!!

By anon33042 — On May 31, 2009

I need a cure and fast!!!

There is a really cute guy, that i like and would like to go out with, but because of the hand problem I can't!!

Plz help!!

By anon33041 — On May 31, 2009

Hi Peoples

I've suffered the same problem as ya'll for as long as I can remember. As a 12 year-old living in the South it makes it really hard.

I just realized I had a problem when my friend asked me "*eww*! why is your hand wet!?" last week. I just stared in horror not knowing what was wrong with me. I thought sweating in the hands and feet was just a natural thing that happens to everyone. But then I read this article and found out I have palmar hyperhidrosis. I got real upset and started crying thinking I wz a freak and nobody would like me if they knew i had this. My Nana told me it wz all right and that I got it from her.

Now that I think about it the only time they don't sweat is at the beach or in the pool. At least I could still be normal and high 5 and play in water! I guess my dream job of being a Marine Biologist is Ideal for a person with our problem, cause i don't think dolphins would mind if my hand is sweaty.

By anon33037 — On May 31, 2009

I'm a 12 year old female and i've had sweaty hands and feet for about a year now... i also do lots of sport and i'm the only one who gets damp sweat patches under my top, it's so embarrassing. when i shake people's hands i get nervous that they'll think i'm weird!!! one time in gym i was asked to do a demonstration and i got sweaty hand and footprints on the mat and everyone was whispering about me when they saw.. i don't know what to do!!!

By Taie7 — On May 31, 2009

Omg! thank God i am not alone, am 25 and i have had this condition from birth, it's embarrassing and uncomfortable...doing paper work it's almost impossible, even as i sit here to type am havin a hard time, i have to be constantly dryin my hands. I can't go *anywhere* without a hand *rag*, sometimes it's so soaked that it can't be used anymore. Oh *and driving*, both feet and hands just drip like a broken pipe and i am not joking. Sometimes it gets me so mad that i can't even hold anything in my hands. People think i am not normal. "Why are you so wet?". "Why are you so cold?" "Why is your hand so hot?" "What's wrong with your hands?" and it so on and on..everyday i am faced with these embarrassing questions. BTW my dad, my brothers and my sisters have it too.

By anon32989 — On May 30, 2009

I'm 16 years old and female, and people always notice how weird it is that my hands can be permanently cold and sweaty and red. My face is red a lot of the time, and using makeup to cover it up all the time gets inconvenient. I'd love to find something that could neutralize the redness of my face and hands a bit so i wouldn't have to cover it up. Is it a condition or just how some people are?

By barbie — On May 24, 2009

i'm a canadian female living with this disorder. i find it hard to do simple things like hanging out in huge groups of people but i do it anyway. my sweaty hands are very difficult to understand because sometimes it sweats when i'm perfectly calm!! i just wonder how i'm going to adapt to being in the work force someday. it just scares me!! wondering if i'll ever be able to have my own apartment and love life of my own!!

By arsi20151 — On May 21, 2009

People use *Obdaban*...trust me it will work!!!

By anon32249 — On May 18, 2009

I have had this problem for a long time as well. Please share information on any ways to stop it. Thank you.

By anon31781 — On May 11, 2009

I am the mother of a child that's 14. Until I read all of these postings, I thought that he was alone. He bites his nails, his hands are cold and wet all of the time. Are you all sure there isn't a cure? I am afraid for him, because he will reach the age were he will want to date soon. Help! concerned parent!

By arsi20151 — On May 09, 2009

Hey people,

I would suggest that you guys with sweaty palms should use *Obdban.* It will definitely keep your palms soft and dry for about two weeks or so if used correctly. However, it is not available in the US, but you can order it online. It's cheap and totally worth it. Trust me!

By anon31566 — On May 07, 2009

I have had sweaty hands and feet since I was a kid. It's really embarrassing. I hope there's a permanent cure for this. My hands gets really sweaty I can't hold hands with anyone and It's humiliating to even high five anyone.

By anon31023 — On Apr 28, 2009

I am 40 years old and have had sweaty hands since I was 6. I'm surprised to hear that so many people have it.Mines literally drip.

By anon30972 — On Apr 27, 2009

i'm having big probs with sweaty palms, once when i held my girlfriend's hand, she felt uncomfortable and awful and tried to move her hand off of mine and asked if it's raining.

By anon30744 — On Apr 23, 2009

I am 15 years old and I have had sweaty palms as long as I can remember. When I sit in class and just do my work my palms sweat a lot. I can't help it. I get embarrassed because of it. Before I start playing tennis my palms get really sweaty, and I'm not nervous. Can someone please help me?

By anon30691 — On Apr 22, 2009

I am 21 years old and when I play softball sometimes my hands can get so sweaty that it's hard to grip the ball so I am constantly wiping them off on my pants. I'm not going to give it up because I love the sport. I have had this problem ever since i was about ten. What should I do?

By anon30634 — On Apr 22, 2009

This is amazing! I thought I was alone..

Sweaty palms make yoga and pilates practically impossible! Hahahaha.

I find when I spend 8 hours on the computer doing homework (like today) the sweaty palms get worse. It was to the point where I was wiping my mouse off today! Ugh...

Hang in there, people. Positive thoughts.

By holyemperor — On Apr 19, 2009

Yeah, my hands too. Only when I think about them then they start to sweat. Normally, my hands are just perfectly fine when I am busy thinking of something else. But they also sometimes sweat unexpectedly even though I don't think about them. But most of the time, my hands are dry.

By anon30472 — On Apr 19, 2009

The only way I get sweaty hands it's only if I think about it. So, I try not to. I'm a 19 year old male by the way.

By holyemperor — On Apr 18, 2009

Sup guys. I'm 17 years old and I have been experiencing the same problem that you guys have been enduring. Up until now, I have to wipe my hands constantly every time they start to sweat and you must have known that it's worse than being tortured.

So far I only know a very useful simple method to help prevent this but not a cure though... You guys can try using baby powder and rub them on both of your palms. Although it's kind of annoying to have your hands look white in a weird way, especially when you are wearing black clothes, it's even clearer to see on the clothes but it proves to be very effective to temporarily stop palms from sweating for me.

If anyone has any other more convenient ways to share, please do so and I'd really appreciate it.

By anon30288 — On Apr 16, 2009

Hey guys, actually there´s a *cure*:

"iontophoresis." go to youtube and search for: cure sweaty hands... its a video that shows the way to build your own machine. this machine works with batteries and it consists on 20 min daily treatments. it's not expensive and really works. in about one week your hands will be completely dry.

By sun888 — On Apr 12, 2009

Hi Guys! Sweaty palms is caused by a Nerve Hyperactivity problem that is genetically programed to turn on mostly in the teenage years. It starts in the autonomic centers in the hypothalamus and this increases sweating in the palms, armpits and feet. The good news is that it can be cured! Dr. Prem Pillay is one nerve expert that cures people with a small keyhole procedure with a mini-endoscope. The treatment is a day procedure with 97-99% success rates.

By anon29965 — On Apr 11, 2009

Hey all,

I'm 18 and I have the same problem. My hands and feet sweat irrespective of the weather conditions(I live in Arizona by the way)so you can imagine my plight. The sweating hardly ever stops and at times I wake up in the morning with my palms and feet all clammy and moist and when they aren't sweating(which is very rare)they're ice cold and numb.

I've had this condition for as long as I can remember(My mum and grand dad had it too so in my case it's hereditary but my brother doesn't have it..lucky devil!). I'm happy to know I'm not alone and about the whole boyfriend issue..I guess I've given up hope every time a guy asks me out I turn him down flat because I know sometime he'd want to hold hands. So hang in there guys...you're not alone. Oh and I'm going to try the warm water and salt thing, lets hope it works..will keep everyone updated. :)

By anon29925 — On Apr 11, 2009

Hi I'm a 17 year old male and I've had this sweaty hands and feet problem ever since I can remember. My uncle used to have it, but has gone now. My older brother, who is 21, has it but it's not as serious or annoying as mine. It is really embarrassing when shaking someone's hand or any contact what so ever!

I also play the electric guitar which makes it really really annoying. Every time I'm going to play it, I need to have some sort of towel to dry my hands with! Sometimes I can't even get through a full song because sweat starts dripping! So you can imagine how bad it is.

I really hate it, and there is nothing I can do to stop it! But it is good to know there are people like me out there. I would like to meet one of the girls that have this problem, because we would feel comfortable with each other!

Please find a cure. The worse thing is..I'm afraid of passing this terrible disease to my kids that I would have some day! Please find a cure somebody... You have no idea how much money I would give you for it, and everybody else with this disease...you would be rich!

By anon29170 — On Mar 28, 2009

I'm a 13 year old girl and I have had sweaty hands since I was about 10. My 3 year older sister has the same problem, but she got it before me, and I was depressed when I figured out that I was turning sweaty too. Once we bought this water stuff, it didn't work though. I found out that there is an operation that helps, but that seems a little harsh, I'm only 13. I'm so embarrassed holding someone's hand and at school when I put my hands on the desk you can see a big wet puddle. It's cruel!

By anon28891 — On Mar 24, 2009

I'm left handed and the worst for me is when I have to do an in class writing assignment and my sweaty hands start smearing my pencil/ink. They also make the paper look all gross and deformed.

I need a cure!

By anon28857 — On Mar 23, 2009

Wow, you would not believe how relieved I am to know that I am not alone. I feel so much better already. I've had sweaty hands as long as I can remember, and it's not fun. My friends have gotten used to the idea, but shaking hands with people I don't know, not a good idea.

My mom had sweaty hands, and they ended up going away in her twenties she said, so I'm hoping that will be the case with me. I'm nervous about the whole boyfriend thing too, but I just keep telling myself, if they dump you just because they think your hands are gross, they weren't much of a boyfriend.

I try not to let what others think of me get to my head, but it's extremely hard. Throughout all this, though, I'm constantly praying that this problem will go away. Don't forget, you're not alone. Not only are there other people supporting you, but God is here for you too. Don't give up!!

By anon28753 — On Mar 21, 2009

I, a 17 y/o male, like so many others have this same problem. I would kill for a cure. My sweaty hands (and now that you mention it, feet) are bugging me. I can never hold hands with a girl, and giving anyone else a high five is really awkward. They're like, "dude, why is your hand so sweaty?". I need a cure, scientists of the world. Pls work on this.

By anon28377 — On Mar 15, 2009

Hi, I'm 15 years old and I have had sweaty hands for about 2 years. What makes it worse is that I go to a catholic school, where we celebrate mass every week. This makes me extremely uncomfortable during church, especially when saying the Our Father(because of us having to hold hands) and giving peace to others. This makes me seem standoffish when people want me to give them high fives or do hand shakes. This also causes some of my friends to think I'm weird, but I can't help it.

Just writing this, and thinking about it makes my hands sweat. I can make them sweat on command almost instantly. This also affects me with my girlfriend because when she wants to hold my hand, she gets grossed out by the sweat and stops. I need a cure for this. For those of you that don't have this, consider yourself lucky.

By anon28314 — On Mar 14, 2009

I'm 12 years old and I've had this for my whole life. I never knew this was abnormal until my mom asked me why my hands were so sweaty. Sad. Both my hands and feet are extremely sweaty, and they also cool down because of it. I am known for sweaty/*freezing cold* feet and hands. I can't pet any fury animals because I will like rip their fur out!! =(

By anon28227 — On Mar 12, 2009

Has anyone had ETS surgery? Why is this banned in Sweden?

Does this get better with age?

By anon28143 — On Mar 11, 2009

hey, i am 14 years old and i am *always* sweating on my hands. it is so uncomfortable and it is really embarrassing. like in school, when i write papers and stuff they get so sweaty that my pen starts to slowly slide down. it is a real pain. i also can't hold hands with people for anything because, they are always sweating. i have tried other things like rubbing limes on them and that does work; but only temporarily.

i really want to get rid of this embarrassing characteristic because, it also happens on my pits!! like i can never wear t-shirts. i always have to have a sweater or a sweatshirt on because, i *always* have pit stains. i've also tried using antiperspirant deodorant, but nothing works!

you people who don't have this are so lucky!

i hope there's a cure!

By anon27602 — On Mar 02, 2009

I'm 16 years old and i've had sweaty hands my whole life. I also have sweaty feet. It's so bad that i don't wear sandals anymore bc i was wearing them one time and my feet started dripping with sweat...everyone made fun of me. I can also voluntarily make my hands sweat by rubbing them together for a few seconds. Can anyone else do that? Its like the superpower that nobody wants.

By anon27478 — On Mar 01, 2009


I am 17 years old and had this problem ever since i can remember. At first it was just sweaty hands but then i got sweaty feet too and that really makes me self conscious when i go to buy shoes and people want to touch my feet. It also makes my feet really smelly. It totally ruins my social life and makes me appear standoffish when I don't want to give people "high fives" or shake their hands.

I have drysol which has worked pretty well for me the last couple times I used it. But drysol effects are only temporary and last maybe a week (plus its super expensive.. around 70 dollars) But I used it again today and for some reason I had a reaction! Now i have chemical burns on my hands so I obviously can't use drysol anymore.

I need a solution and fast. (also how do I treat those chemical burns?)

By anjohnamous — On Feb 28, 2009

Hi. I'm 15 years old and have been struggling with constantly sweaty palms since about the second grade. It got old years ago. I hate having sweaty palms if I'm holding a girl's hand, or playing video games, and especially when I'm writing on paper. The paper actually gets damp and fades the lead. This is really frustrating. Please, I would love a cure that works for longer than three minutes.

By anon27151 — On Feb 24, 2009


Posted by: anon6671

hi! can you suggest some treatment. I am also experiencing sweating palms..

pls.. thanks..


Hey don't take advice on drugs from blogs, this is one of those things you'll have to actually go to a doctor for and he'll give you something suitable to your level of sweatyness ex: Drysol, Drionic, Maxim, Oral Medications, or Botox.

By anon26771 — On Feb 18, 2009

I'm a 15 year old girl and I noticed that my palms started to sweat more than normal around about a year ago. They seem to sweat a lot when I'm in school, and even when I'm calm. The only time they don't sweat is when they're cold and purple.

I hope drinking a lot of water and diet can help me.

By anon26722 — On Feb 18, 2009

hey, 16 year old guy talking. for me the problem is about 50% of the time, and its not like dripping or anything, but its uncomfortable because i spend a lot of time with girls, and am a 'physical' person by nature (i mean i like to hold hands with girls and stuff while i watch movies or whatever) but the problem has started in the last year and been really inconvenient and embarrassing. a cure would be nice...

By anon26524 — On Feb 14, 2009

I am a 22 year old male and i have never had this problem until i moved to the south. I thought that the heavy humidity had something to do with it...But now that it is winter and its bone chilly out i still find my paws dribbling.

I laugh at it because its really not that serious. Just a lil sweat. I just think its the fact that i notice it that bugs me. Cause its really not that bad. I actually think its the reason my paws are so soft. The females love it!!!..Lol(but never mistake me for bein sweet) of course when they are not sweaty lol...

Anyway, i recently been searching for a remedy to this little problem. And pills a brotha can pop to make this all go away?? Lol

p.S. I had to go purchase a 'vegetation grinding apparatus' because of this small condition, and i must say these little things are hella useful! Lol...Stiky-icky-ooowweee!

By anon26249 — On Feb 10, 2009

Dear All,

I am a 24 year old female and I have had this condition my whole life. To me it's really no big deal. It's just sweat, which everyone has. It won't hurt a person if you shake their hand and you yourself will not die from it. I for one am actually very comfortable with it. Granted, I didn't always feel that way.

When I was younger, a lot of the other kids would make fun about it, but I didn't let that get to me. I still had fun and played all the games the other kids did. I think if you all just think positively and just keep it mind that there are worse things then sweaty palms that you could have.

My condition is genetic. I have it, my dad has it, his mom had it, and we are all living *happy,* *normal* lives.

So, if you think that by having this condition, it makes you less of a person who doesn't, than the real condition you have is not in your sweaty hands, it's in your small minds!

By anon26181 — On Feb 09, 2009

Hi i'm a 14 year old male and my palms are driving me crazy! Recently, we had ballroom dancing in gym class. You have to dance, which is bad enough without holding hands with members of the opposite sex

All of the girls looked so disgusted by my hands, thoroughly drenched in sweat. I finally faked sick and camped out in the nurses office for the rest of the period. *Help*!

By anon25963 — On Feb 05, 2009

wow i would never have imagined that there are this many people with the same problem as me. i have a theory that the sweat is related to my body mass index. i am a fat 16 year old male and sweat excessively. however, last summer i started working out and lost about 10 pounds. not enough to look different but enough to lose some of the sweat. i still sweat and recently i have started sweating more since i have put the weight back on. there are times when i'm not sweaty at all when i'm around situations that would normally make me sweat but then there are times when i start sweating by doing nothing. any suggestions or comments?

By anon25947 — On Feb 05, 2009

I am a 16 year old guy and i have constant sweaty palms i never thought about treating it until i would leave stuff soaked after sitting on the couch or i would leave wet footprints where i walked after sitting for a while my hands and feet sweat all the time ... the only time i noticed they don't sweat is while i'm at church ... which is when i give the most hand shakes so the hand shake thing isn't such a big deal, but i still do feel self conscious of it and i want to have dry hands for an extended period of time.

also since i was a kid i have had sweaty palms and i'm told by my older siblings and parents i had really bad warts on my hands as a kid. i'm not sure if that has anything to do with it.

good luck to everyone with HH


i don't know about anyone else but if i can't cure this i just wish i could find a girl that i like with sweaty palms. haha. then they would understand just what it was like. haha.

By anon25809 — On Feb 03, 2009

I'm a 15 year old girl with this sweaty hand problem. It does get very annoying because I always worry that the person shaking my had is getting grossed out. My friends give me a pretty hard time about it and it really gets on my nerves. If there is any kind of solutions please let me know.

By anon25542 — On Jan 30, 2009

I have sweaty palms too but the only thing that can be a solution to this is by not thinking about it don't be nervous and its not too embarrassing its just sweaty palms its not illegal or contagious or something bad that's the way you are. I am 17 and have been very active in high school and if I told them I have sweaty palms, so what? As if its a big deal. If you are having problems because you can't hold hands then walk arms to arms. Work your confidence out! Nobody's perfect! Even if the world had turned their backs around you God will always be there. Ask Him to heal your palm sweats! It is the most effective way!

By lynnace718 — On Jan 30, 2009

I have sweaty palms and yes it's certainly annoying. Out of curiosity, does anyone on here also have Asthma? For some reason, I remember hearing that the medication people take for Asthma could be a cause. I'm a 27F, and have had this as long as I can remember. I'm a professional as well, so the hand shaking thing does come up. I've caught myself trying to keep things in my hands, so I'd have an excuse not to shake someone's hand, but then after thinking about it, I think the best thing to do is say 'Forget it' and shake w/ a great deal of confidence. I ask myself, if it were reversed and I shook someone's hand that was sweaty, would I really remember and would it be a big deal? *nah*!

By anon25444 — On Jan 29, 2009

I'm Allan, 21 years. This sweaty palms problem is really annoying. I'm a dancer and a magician who really have embarrassing situations because of this problem. I'm from India and didn't find any cure here. If anyone knows something hopeful, please inform me. I'll be very grateful for it

By Sarah26 — On Jan 29, 2009

I'm a 14 year old girl. I've had this sweaty hand thing for about 2 years. I hate it because it's ruining my life. I don't only sweat when it's hot outside, but when it's really cold my hands get sweaty and my skin turns purple. Before I shake someone's hand I always have to wipe my hands off on my pants. It's really embarrassing because I can't live my life anymore.

By anon25330 — On Jan 27, 2009

Hi I am a 13 year old female. Recently, I have been noticing when I am around the guy I have a crush on, my palms get extremely sweaty and I have to wipe them off on my pants. This happens about every five minutes. Then when I leave the room to go somewhere else that away from him, the sweating stops. Once I get back into the room, or am near him, it starts all up again. I was just wondering if there was anything that could help prevent this from happening anymore, even if it is temporary.

By brendaw — On Jan 27, 2009

I have had sweaty hands and feet all my life. When it affected me holding my new baby grandson ( they thought he had wet his nappy!), I decided to order a product called Odaban on line. You spray it on at night, wash off next morning.

It's brilliant, I went to a big church meeting this week, hall full of people, really hot, no sweaty hands.

By anon25076 — On Jan 23, 2009

Anon 1234 hi, My hands drive me crazy!

i'm a 14 year old girl living in Singapore an extremely humid place in Asia and having sweaty palms just makes it worst. my palms started sweating when i was 8. they sweat like 70% of the time and its ruining my life. being a teen and going through 8th grade is already stressful enough...urgh! but i am glad to see that i'm not alone in this. pls help me!

By anon24941 — On Jan 21, 2009

jeez!! Thank goodness I'm not alone, I'm a 16 year old girl and I have suffered with this for as long as I can remember and reading this article seeing that only one percent of Americans suffer with this. I was like Omg!! That's it I talked to my doctor just today and he had no clue what it was and why it occurred and my mom and all my friends said I was not normal. I'm so glad im not alone. Anyone have a cure!!!!! This sucks and when I told my ex boyfriend he kind of looked at my funny embarrassment!!

By anon24842 — On Jan 19, 2009

hello, im a 16 year old female and i have had sweaty palms and feet for as long as i can remember...its really embarrassing to shake people's hands and them wiping their hands afterwards. Im in colorguard, so gripping the flag and catching it is something very difficult for me especially when we are performing. Im scared to have a boyfriend because i don't want him to think im gross when i hold his hand...this has been taking control of my life and i would do anything for it to stop. Im currently using drysol and i have seen some improvement but nothing extreme. Does anybody know of any other treatment or medication?

By anon24499 — On Jan 13, 2009

Hi, I'm a 15 year old guy almost 16. I started noticing the sweating just before I hit 15. Right now as I'm typing this my palms are sweating. I get so jealous when I see a guy and girl holding hands because I've had to turn down so many girls that I like because of this problem. A piece of dirt towers over my self esteem now. I feel so bad for humiliating girls and guys by not high fiving or hand shaking. I wear jackets and jumpers on extremely hot days just so my sweat patches won't show. Keeping your mind off it is certainly the trick but I find it impossible! I don't go to parties, socialize with less people and even had thoughts of suicide. I don't think I could live with this my whole life because i'm worried I'll never get a job and I had such big dreams and so much potential but my self esteem has ruined everything. I want it gone! I have tears in my eyes just from writing this. I've also stopped caring for myself. I've noticed I eat more and stay inside on my of 24/7 just to stop people from being uncomfortable around me! Nothing has helped my sweating and I hate the feeling of possibly being smelly! Please let there be a cure. I don't know how much longer I can bare this suffering... The thought of being a homeless person in the future is scaring me so bad..

By jross — On Jan 12, 2009

I had problems with my hands getting sweaty when playing basketball. I tried a lotion call Ghost Grip that worked during my games. I also tried it on my feet and hands when i went snowboarding and it worked pretty good. It is not a permanent solution for me but it works usually for about 4 or 5 hours.

By anon24105 — On Jan 07, 2009

Try Cayenne Pepper ! Try Cayenne Pepper !

Try Cayenne Pepper ! Try Cayenne Pepper !

OK, I too have sweaty hands but not that bad like some of you but enough to notice when about to shake hands. My hands are moist and sometimes completely fine. It's really strange, even when I'm all alone in a warm room where no external stimuli is affecting my mind but still have sweating hands.

Right now, as I type, I'm all alone in a warm room. My hands and feet are very warm too the touch but they are slightly moist. when i look at my palms to the light i can see the reflection of the sweat like stars in the night twinkling but it is not completely wet like water, if you will. like i said before, my condition is not that bad sometimes it is completely dry and warm and sometimes its a tiny bit moist.

So I too tried to look for a solution to this problem and I asked my colon hydro-therapist about my hand feet condition and she said that I may have a circulation problem, which I then decided to do research on circulation problems which led me to Cayenne pepper.

So now I've been trying cayenne pepper (C.P)for over 2 weeks now and majority of my time taking C.P my frequency of having warmer hands and feet has improved but still a little moist.

The C.P opens your blood vessels which improves blood flow to all parts of your body. The heart is the first to receive it's direct benefits. It also lowers your cholesterol, circulation and many, many other symptoms that you may be experiencing.

I started taking 1 tspn of CP mixed with H2O in the morning, noon and night wash it down with more H2O and i also added chili seeds as well.

Do some research on CP and circulation and see what you come up with the websites will probably corroborate what I'm saying. Give it a try.

By anon23623 — On Dec 30, 2008

Hi I'm a 15 year old female from Melbourne, Australia. I have really really sweaty hands like 80% of the time. It sweats soo much that it drips and even leaves a wet patch when ever I wipe them on my thighs so embarrassing! and the page of my school books always go all wrinkly and damp.=(

i really want to know what i can do so that my school books doesn't go damp! Can anyone help? I feel so sad because i have sweat hands. I can't high five anyone, hold hands, and have a pretty page in my school book :(

By anon23042 — On Dec 15, 2008

yeah the same does apply to sweaty feet but there is an easier solution than botox or surgery. It is called iontophoresis. And you can make it yourself at home. Just search google for "cure my sweaty feet" or something.

By anon22757 — On Dec 09, 2008

oh my god! i have never read of anyone who has had the same problem as me! it is VERY embarrassing, i mean i wipe them before i shake hands with somebody and my palms are sweating right NOW! i mean it's winter, in canada, i'm in the basement of my house.. i have no idea why it never stops even when its cold. my family has always picked on me about it because NONE of them have this problem. my sister got all the amazing genes :(

my advice to everyone with the same problem, is when people bring it up - laugh it off.

also, i went to a dermatologist about this he did tell me there were certain mild medication you can put on your palm before bed, and he suggested botox. but i really don't want to get botox.. i may down the line though

hold on guys! you're not alone :)

By anon22741 — On Dec 09, 2008

OMG im so happy im not alone here. according to my mom, even when i was a toddler along the boardwalk she'd hold my hand and notice it was sweaty. i remember as far back as kindergarten all those "class hold hands" activities that are so great for little kids and i couldn't enjoy them bc i was SO self-conscious and i knew other people were grossed out too. in random classes or just sitting at home typing my hands sweat like crazy. i HATE shaking hands b/c at those moments my hands are, of course, moist. also my feet which isn't too bad until summer and sandals come. I love them too but sometimes I nearly kill myself sliding around. I know it's soo gross but i have to deal with it like every day. My armpits too. I just sweat it's abnormal. And my hands are really cold as well. No matter the temperature/situation I cannot quit sweating and the second I notice it it just worsens. Im still not sure what a treatment could be I've heard of injections,therapy, etc. Im willing to try something good luck to everyone it's soo comforting to know someone out there understands what Im feeling. And yes I am a high schooler so it's a major pain on top of every other element I have to deal with=[

oh ps- my hands are normally red as well as cold(and of course, wet)

AND im a lefty so now I've learned writing techniques but in elementary school left handed kids generally smudge writing but my work was completely illegible b/c of my palms! ugh-.-

By anon22508 — On Dec 05, 2008

hey everyone ..im a 13 year old female .. well nearly 14 ..its only this year that i realized that my palms and feet sweat. it might of happened to me earlier but not as bad as it is now. i don't sweat all the time. maybe 70% of the time when im awake. and sometimes i wake up in the morning i realize i have sweated a little under my armpits. it is really embarrassing and sad. im afraid that i'll never have a boyfriend because he won't want to hold my hands and its embarrassing when i have to hi-5 my friends etc.

i really don't think its genetic for me. coz it doesn't happen to my sister or parents. i don't know how to stop it. and when it happens it eventually goes away. it doesn't happen because im nervous or excited. it just happens ! which is really annoying ! because of it sometimes my feet can smell and so can my armpits :( once my friend touched my hand and said ' ew why is your hand all wet? ' ' ew its sweat ! '

it made me feel really bad. and it ruins my self esteem. and just makes life a whole lot harder then it already is. im going to try and find a cure.

By anon22315 — On Dec 01, 2008

I have some good and bad news for you fellow sweaty-palm sufferers. First the bad: You don't outgrow the condition as some have hoped in their postings. I'm forty-nine and still suffer with the problem. I have a dual condition. Not only do my hands and feet sweat but they get freezing cold as well. I can be perfectly warm and comfortable, and yet have these freezing cold, clammy hands and feet. I notice many of you are teenagers. I empathize so much with you. I was scared to go to dances because hand touching is so much a part of that. I was a relatively good looking guy in high school, but would only go out with a girl once because after that I knew she would want to start holding hands. It broke my heart because I really wanted to get to know them better. What made it worse is they would drop hints that they wanted to go out again. They thought they must have done something wrong. I was too humiliated to tell them about my hands so I just avoided them. To this day I have have regrets about how badly I treated girls I actually liked. The worst part is I've passed the condition onto my kids. They all complain about their sweaty hands. It makes me want to cry. I didn't get married until I was thirty-two. I can't stand the thought of them having the same emotional baggage I've had. I'm a financial consultant. I have to meet and shake hands with people all day long. I keep a heater under my desk and I warm and dry my hands just before meeting them--what a pain. Now the good news, when I was a young adult I read about iontophoresis. I went to a doctor, got a prescription (this is necessary) and ordered one. It works with electricity and somehow plugs up the sweat glands in your hands. (I didn't worry about my feet. As a guy socially my feet were always covered, anyway. It's not like you hold feet. It might be different for a girl.) It was actually pretty effective. But it's a fair amount of time and costs several hundred dollars to buy. I haven't used it for years. Unfortunately for me it only solved half my problem. I still had cold hands. Somehow I managed to find a wife. We can sit together and hold hands and I'm usually fine because I know her so well. No one without the condition can possibly understand how embarrassing it is. In the U.S. we're a hand holding, hand shaking culture. This is very hard on people like us. Because you do become more comfortable with your spouse over time you won't find it as much a problem once you're married. Like me, it might take you a while to get there, however--Good Luck

By anon22039 — On Nov 26, 2008

As with the other posters, I'm a sweaty-palm sufferer. What's worse, I frequently pass my time playing video games or working on a computer. I sweat all over the controllers and keyboards and mess them up... It's terrible.

By anon21198 — On Nov 11, 2008

im a 17y/o asian guy lol and i have sweaty hands... whenever we gotta hold hands at church, because im catholic, my sisters always make fun of me for having sweaty hands. Even if its my grandpa who doesn't't really understand english, my hands sweat. when im nervous, excited, or have any kind of feelings, my hands sweat. I have the fear of holding hands with girls because of my hands and when me and my friends played slapjack, my hands began sweating when i didn't noticed and my friends were grossed out so i quit but they all knew it was me even though i didn't say it. shaking hands is the worst, whether its formal or with just your friends. when i had to go to a dance for my pe class, my hands were sweating so much because i was so nervous and the girls i were dancing with felt my hands but they just kept dancing and eventually everyone kept switching partners. Even playing games makes my hands sweat because im excited. Whats worse is if im nervous the slightest bit, my body temperature rises and my whole head sweats-- one time i went to this group meeting, and im not really into dancing or singing, but that's basically what the meeting was trying to make us learn to do something later... but anyway i was standing in the 2nd to front row and doing everything and i was sweating sooo much! my head was like it had been dipped in the shower... i hate excessive sweating and i would just love a solution to cure it, even if its temporary. i have my friend's first debut practice coming up and im already nervous and scared that my hands will sweat with whoever my partner will be. Even as i type, my hands are in a slight sweat. And the fact that im still 17 and seeing as how options of surgery or buying things online are not applicable to me, i need something that i can buy at stores that sell stuff over the counter that actually work. Also as i was reading, i had thought that my condition was genetic and i was right =/ my dad's hands as i noticed when he handed me something, were sweaty lol. This problem that may not be as serious to others, is one of our biggest problems and we need to find something that can help everyone in our condition. i think one of the best ways to help this calm down would be to talk to your friends and people you come in contact to the most. It does seem more psychological than physical but i wouldn't really know sooo please someone find an easy cure for us!!

By anon21079 — On Nov 09, 2008

right now as i am typing my hand are sweating and im just in my room alone with it freezing cold but nothing keeps them from sweating even when im calm as can be there is nothing to make it stop so who ever can figure this out is amazing.

By anon20931 — On Nov 07, 2008

I'm 18 and I live in W.V. I'm in college Studying Musical arts and Religion and Phil. I hate it when I have an audition or judging and I have to shake hands with people after. Its so embarrassing! I just got back from watching a movie with a guy that I like. I think he was trying to hold my hand but I moved it because my palms were sweaty. This is so annoying.Even with family members I have known all my life this happens.. Will it ever end??

I'm glad to know that many other people have this problem also.. Hopefully some day there will be a cure!!

By anon19719 — On Oct 18, 2008

hello. i'm living in singapore. i too, have sweaty palms. i tried oral medication before and it does not work. today is the first day i'm trying out dryclor (can be purchased in guardian or watson) and seems to be working for me. however, it does not work for my sister.

even as it does work for me, and even it's the first day im trying out this product, my hands have become rougher and feels like rubber. it's like having super glue stuck onto your hand. however, it does stop the sweat.

thus, i recommend people out there to try drycrol.:)

By anon19479 — On Oct 13, 2008

Hi I'm 17 and I also live in Singapore. Sweaty palms are so annoying. I do not dare to shake my friend's hands and when I'm meeting new people or receiving a prize it makes everything so difficult. Even when I wipe my hands on my clothing, my hands still remain warm and moist.

It's really embarrassing when someone shakes hands with me and then wipes their hands on their pants straight after. It's especially embarrassing when I have to hold the hands of someone I've just met (when playing games).

By anon19343 — On Oct 10, 2008

Nice to know i'm not alone (: This condition is terrible. Im 17, i live in singapore and the weather here is soooo humid, my hands and feet won't stop sweating. I can't wear covered up shoes/socks cause that will make it worst. I don't really sweat when i wear sandals/flipflops (footwear that allows my feet to be exposed) It really annoys me cause i can't shake or hold hands. Sometimes its so terrible that i feel that it's worse than having a disease. If this doesn't stop im afraid i wouldnt be able to find a boyfriend.

By anon19330 — On Oct 10, 2008

hi..erm..anyone can tell me where to get this drysol in singapore? or is it even sold in singapore?


By anon18858 — On Sep 30, 2008

Hello i've had this problem since a kid but it got worse after high school around age 18. I think it gets better with age I pray it does. But for me it never happens in colder weather only moderate or warmer temperatures. I suggest you try Hydrosal gel it's like drysol but better and iontophoresis for your hands and feet. DON'T do surgery unless you've tried everything as this can have bad side effects and can ruin your life permanently.

By anon18774 — On Sep 29, 2008

Im 23 and I've had this problem for as long as i can remember. I am an active person. Ive been looking up homemade remedies for my sweaty palms and nothing seems to work. My sweaty palms is not as bad as other people. Some days i can shake my friends hands and some days i have to wipe it or i don't even shake their hands. It's weird because im so comfortable around them but when i know the goodbye handshake is about to come i have to try and rub my hands on something real quick or initiate a fist-pound shake. It also affects my social life a lot because i avoid saying hi to friends i see in my college even though i want to. Some of them think i am shady even thought i am not. My family and friends always say how can a nice guy like me not have a girlfriend yet. I always find excuses like "I still haven't found the right one yet" when the truth is i'm scared the girl will be grossed out. I really hope they find a cure that works even if it's temporary. Having this problem has really made my life somewhat difficult to live the way i want to live it.

By anon18562 — On Sep 25, 2008

I've had sweaty palms all my life and never really thought anything of it. When people ask why my hands are so sweaty when I shake hands with them I tell them it's cause I have sweaty hands; it's just what they do. It doesn't bother me at all.

What annoys me is my right armpit which sweats copiously no matter what state of physical exertion I'm in. Sometimes it can drench part of a tshirt and then when the that part of the tshirt touches my torso or arm it's all cold and wet! Gross eh!

By anon18440 — On Sep 23, 2008

HI everyone, I have suffered with this since I was about 5 years old and have never spoken with a doctor about this condition and have been secretly looking for a cure for about the past 5 years. The other day I cam across a youtube video on how to make your own iontopheresis machine for about 15 dollars at home with products you can buy anywhere. This has been the cure I have been hoping and praying for!! The video is made by shannonbowling and hope this works for everyone else!

By anon17929 — On Sep 10, 2008

im 15 too and it sucks walking down the hall in school and everything and seeing people holding hands and it freaks me out because i can't hold hands with any1 due to my sweating. and it has nothing to do with nerves ill be perfectly comfortable with friends or in front of strangers or crushes and it still doesn't matter they still sweat!!!!

and its starting to distract me because when they sweat that's all i think about.

i tell people now that i just don\'t like germs and touching people to cover it up

does any1 know sum1 i can at least TALK to in order to get help?.....and by the looks of it this occurs in more than 1% of the u.s

By anon17855 — On Sep 09, 2008

Hi all, i am a 19 year old girl living in the coldest state of australia, and for as long as i can remember i've had super sweaty palms, underarms and feet waaaaay more often than any of my friends and it seems like antiperspirant deodorant doesn't work at all :'( When it gets hot here (rarely) i could lie in an empty swimming pool and fill the damn thing up with sweat.. lol, probably not quite but yeah, ew.... sad, sad face.

By anon17732 — On Sep 05, 2008

just pray all you who are suffering from this stress

By anon17563 — On Sep 02, 2008

I have mild sweaty palms since young and i think since this year, my sweaty palms get real serious. they sweat even at times when im most relaxed. this really sucks. i feel like a freak. i can't shake or hold hands with people and i don't dare to go into a relationship. there is 1 time when i couldn't stand it anymore and cried in front of my mum and dad. they brought me to this doctor and he gave me medicine which he said would decrease the sweating. but it doesn't seems to work at all. people say that we will soon outgrow it but do i have to wait til im in my 30s or 40s?? im not living in the future but now..i really don't know what to do..even after cleaning my hands dry or applying powder, the sweating comes back just a few seconds later. also, by keeping a towel or handkerchief beside you will make me feel so outcast. its like im the only freak having this pair of sweaty palms..this is so unfair...why are we the unlucky ones to have this illness?

By anon17550 — On Sep 01, 2008

Im 17 Male and i'm afraid of relationships as i will feel embarrassed if i have to hold a girl's hands and i have all these fears that they will go ew and what not.

my hands have been sweating for as long as i remember and it's really an annoying thing when i shake hands with friends/other people and they rub their hands on their pants/shirts right after i let go.

the pain i have to live each day is terrible.

but i'm thinking that it may be some condition,

as i sweat easily throughout my whole body.

Any ideas?

By manalive372 — On Aug 31, 2008

hey everyone im 17 years old and suffer from the same excessive hand sweating problem. I use to use drysol and other medical things on my hands but all it did to my hands was make my hands irritated and eventually sweat again. Until i found a device called drionic that you purchase online that stops your hands from sweating. you can purchase this device for 200 dollars although it costs a lot it is well worth it all you do is use it for one or two hours a day for a week straight and your hands won't sweat trust me it really works

By dry17 — On Aug 27, 2008

try speed stick 24/7 antiperspirant deodorant! it really works! you can buy it from a drug store for like 5$.

By anon17265 — On Aug 26, 2008

Try smearing cornstarch or talcum powder between your palms. Medicated powders are available to soak up moisture, too. The idea is to keep your palms dry as much as possible. For people staying in humid areas, this may be difficult to maintain, especially if you are working constantly on the keyboard. You could still keep a small bottle of talcum powder, preferably baby talcum powder, to help you solve this situation and yet give you a wonderful fragrant feel.

By anon16967 — On Aug 19, 2008

Im 17 and have had this problem for as long as I can remember. I never really paid much attention to it until I reached puberty and my armpits started sweating as well. I wake up in the morning and my hands, feet, and armpits begin to sweat. I have tried Drysol, Maxim, Xerac, and even had acupuncture. The problem with the antiperspirant medications is that they are not always effective. For me, it didn't work at all. It's weird because drysol dried out my hands giving them cracks yet the sweat began soon enough. And the horrible thing is that my hands would get irritated because they were so cracked up and scratchy because of the sweat (which contains salt).

It is so hard to go through life with this problem, and yeah people do have it worse than us. But it's not a problem that can be avoided. It is a horrible feeling to come fresh and clean out of the shower and have your armpits, hands, and feet sweat profusely. Whenever my hands sweat they turn beet red and that is what catches people's attention - not the fact that they are sweating but the odd color of my sweaty palms. Flip flops can't be worn because my red feet will be exposed to the whole world. Whenever I go shopping for tops I have to make sure I get a certain color that will not show the sweat marks. Dark colors are usually what I go for. Winter is hard for those who have sweaty palms, feet, armpits..at least it is for me. When the weather is cold I start sweating and it makes it worse to deal with because when you sweat you feel even colder. And yes, it is true, thinking about sweating does provoke it. But honestly, it is very hard not to when it has such a big impact on our lives. I also heard that excessive hand washing can cause sweaty palms. If anyone has heard otherwise please let me know. If anyone knows anything that can help sweaty palms, armpits, and feet please share the love! It is nice to know that we are not alone.

By anon16395 — On Aug 04, 2008

Hello everyone around the world

I also suffer from the same condition as most of you for as long as I can remember. I am 26yrs old and about to get botox injection to treat the condition. I will keep you posted on the outcome. I have also been told that the condition will reduce as we get older and eventually stop. There are not many people over 40yrs old with this condition. Of course I'm not going to wait until I'm 40yrs to find out....so I really hope botox will work for me!!

By anon16379 — On Aug 04, 2008

It's good to see that i'm not the only one...i have sweaty hands and feet ever since i was really small...and i hate it so much...to shake hands i have to wipe them on my pants or jeans...it sucks...and when i sit on my couch and put my feet up you can't imagine when i get up the couch is soaking wet...it's like i have to sit on a towel or something...i just hope they find a cure because i can't live w/ this any longer...

By anon16236 — On Aug 01, 2008

Hi, i'm 17. i think i have sweaty palms...my palms will get sweaty whenever in cold or warm places. though my palms don't get so wet till when i write i wet the paper, but when i write my palms get oily (sweaty) that my pen slips...my palms get wet a little.

By anon15943 — On Jul 25, 2008

Hi I am 15 years old {female} and I've had sweaty palms I think since I was 12. I really don't know what triggered this problem but I think its nervousness. I'm living in the Caribbean and its really a problem to keep dry I always have a tissue. Its really embarrassing in school for me when I am writing the page would get all wet. I hate it. I try not to think about it but it doesn't work. Plz help.

By anon15717 — On Jul 19, 2008

eeek! i have sweaty hands but only when i think about how i have to hold someones hand.. when im by myself watching movies..my hands are SOOOO dry

when im out with a guy or with my friends and i know that hand contact is coming i usually have to wipe my hands down my jeans....or i refuse to shake their hands..it's gross.

By rayeb — On Jul 12, 2008

Well i think i have the solution because i never had this problem before, now i have it but occasionally. (i usually have soft smooth hands when i'm not dating but when i am the sweating begins). It certainly has to do with emotions. If you love someone just tell him don't keep it inside you.

Also try staying away from the computer for a while because the majority of you use the computer a lot i presume. Try to go outdoors to the nature. Touch the trees, the earth from time to time, climb trees if you can because most of you here have stressful lives (city life) or emotionally unstable ones and haven't often had a chance to get in contact with nature. Hope it helps. by the way i find women with sweaty palms sexy. (i don't know if others also do):D

By anon14634 — On Jun 21, 2008

this is such a relief to find this site with all of this information and all these people who describe all the stuff i have been so embarrassed and isolated with for so long. i thought i was crazy to even type "sweaty palms" into google, but there is so much information out there. still i need a solution, but it is much better to just know that a lot of other people are dealing with the exact same thing.

By anon13676 — On Jun 02, 2008

im 35 years old and have been sweating on both my palms and feet since i can remember. Its really difficult trying to live a normal life like shaking hands with business associates, holding hands in church and so on. I can't tell you how much pain its brought me but i have managed some how. I wear shoes that have some sort of opening either at the back or front. I am found of buying shoes, slippers or sandals that are padded with suede-fabric so it soaks up my sweat. I have also learn to train my brain to stay calm, that way i don't sweat excessively but i have dozens of hankies & just recently, i've started excusing myself from holding hands by telling people straight-up that i sweat in my palms. It makes things easier to handle. I hopeful for a miracle... a cure some day.

By anon13646 — On Jun 02, 2008


having sweaty hands is definitely not fun. im 14 (female) and i'm going into high school. i just made the cheer team, and of course im a flyer so i always have to hold hands to get in and out of different stunts it sucks! i can't tumble on the gym floor because i'm afraid i will slip because of the sweat. and worse of all....i have turned down about 3 guys i like because im embarrassed if they want to hold hands with me. now i like someone else and im told he likes me, if he asks me i don't want to say no, but i don't want to hold his hand either, and gross him out. i tell people i don't like people touching my hands, that its just a phobia of mine, but its so hard. one thing i heard of at cheer practice is that if you get chalk like baseball pitchers use, it helps, you just lay your hands in it, then rub it in, it doesn't turn your hands white, and not only will it stop the sweating, but if you do sweat it soaks most of it up.

good luck everyone, hope this works for you!

By anon13407 — On May 26, 2008

I am 20 years old and I've been having this sweating problem ever since i was little, i sweat excessively from my palms and feet and arm pits, it sucks so bad, cause if i have a girlfriend i can hold her hand without her thinking its gross, and i have to use foot powder every time i wear socks to stop athletes foot, i can't shake anyones hand, and it just sucks, there has to be a way to stop this, if anyone knows let me know please, oh and not thinking about it isn't a good advice at all, it doesn't work, their has to be some medicine that dries up your hands and feet

By anon13350 — On May 25, 2008

Im 14 and i have this problem as well whenever i see people holding hands in films and stuff i feel really upset so i know how you feel. but i just told my mum and it made me feel better and less stressed. im not saying it won't be hard i was really scared but when id started it was OK. I know its really bad but finding this site made me feel less alone i hope they find a cure soon

By anon13326 — On May 24, 2008

It really works if you don't think about it. sometimes the problem can be psychological. My problem stopped when i stopped worrying so much about it. Just keep your mind off of it and you won't even notice a problem.

By anon13068 — On May 19, 2008

im a 15 year old boy. and my hands don't sweat first thing in the morning. when im hot (ironically) or after i shower. but if i am sitting in class or at home. or just with some friends. and i start to think about them sweating. they will start and won't stop until my mind is off of them. do i have sweaty palms or is it purely psychological in my case?

By anon12805 — On May 14, 2008

gah..how i wish they found a cure for this.. God be with us..all..

By anon12735 — On May 12, 2008

I am 18 now (male) and i have had sweaty hands for as long as I could remember...my friends seem to find it funny..it gets to the point where I wish gardening gloves were a fashionable trend. I never want to touch someone (especially girls) and being in high school you can imagine its tough. I decided to try to write this post and search for a cure because I got close to a girl I liked and she wanted to hold my hand..but as you would guess I wouldn't let her (made things awkward...) =( It sucks being attractive but having these hands...seeing how I have already been through several surgeries due to sports related injury..I wouldn't feel so uncomfortable with the thought of the surgical option, but i wouldn't recommend it. Plz help :(

By hadeseh2544 — On May 11, 2008


My name is mojtaba, I’m from iran .as you know the military service is mandatory in iran and unfortunately it takes about 20 months. according to one rule, when someone’s palms are sweating, he can get exemption from military service. my palms are sweating and I want to get exemption if I can. i went to the military service's doctor, he check my palms and said : your palms' sweat must be more than this one. is there any tablet, injection or ... that makes my palms' sweat more than this even for only 1 hour? the quality of your hyperhidrosis for getting exemption : you have to wash your hands, keep it in front of the fan for 3 minutes, after that if your palms sweat, you can get exemption.

With regards

Mojtaba .k

By anon12551 — On May 08, 2008

My hands make me sooo sad:( They ruin my life! My hands are pretty much sweaty 24/7. I always just tell people i have a hand phobia...which is actually true now i guess. But seriously...it stinks not being able to enjoy a high five, a hand shake, or a date because your hands are dripping. st church they hold hands and pray...i always have to leave the room or it in the corner by myself because my hands are too gross. my graduation is coming up and i'm going to shake a bunch of hands- i'm going to die. palmar hyper hydrosis stinks, we should all make it known so that we can get some respect or something so we're not so strange

By mind — On May 08, 2008


its all in your mind. when you think about your hands that they will get sweaty they do. when you don`t think about it then they don't. so when you are in school just try to relax and don't think about your hands and try to stay confident.

By keri — On May 08, 2008

I have also had problems with Sweaty palms my entire life. There are times when it is worse than others and my doctors and I are still trying to figure out what my triggers are. As soon as I am feeling a bit sick, or run down because of stress or other factors my hands and my feet sweat. I have found that keeping healthy and stress free keeps my hands less sweaty (not dripping anyway) and I have also found that alternative treatments such as acupuncture and Bowen therapy has great success in keeping my hands dry. Repeat therapies are required obviously but my hands were actually dry! Not even clammy but cool and dry, in my 22 years of life that has never happened to me but my Naturopathic Doctor was able to stop it for a short time anyway.

By anon12253 — On May 02, 2008

I'm a 17 year old girl and living in a state that is as hot as Florida, doesn't help much with my situation. Like most of you here, I suffer from sweaty hands and feet. Occasionally, my armpits will begin to sweat but it's only because I'm thinking so much about my hands sweating that I can't help it.

Ever since I was in seventh grade, I have noticed my hands sweat. I confronted my parents about it, but they just simply say "it's the nerves" and it will "go away". One could only dream it would. When they first started, I figured that everyone had to deal with it and that it was completely normal, but once I got into high school I began to see an increase.

High school is a stressful time of your life, but it can be even more stressful for people like us. People with sweaty hands, feet, armpits, heads, and beyond. For us, note taking is one of the most horrible things a teacher can present to us, as it will only result in a very sloppy copy of the information to avoid our hands sitting on the paper to create wet spots, our pencil to slip out of our hands continuously and our neighbor to notice the paper keeps sticking to the side of our hand. I know I dread it. Because I have to go through it every day.

Being the age that I am, I have been wanting to look for a job, wanting to get an advancement in my future career. But alas, I decide to pull away from the outside world and stay huddled in my home (which seems to be the only area I can remain in without my hands sweating.) instead of going out to fill out job applications. I'm afraid that if I do get the job, not only will I have to go through an interview with my employer, but I will also have to worry about actually doing the job and people noticing.

Of course, we really shouldn't care much about what people think of us. If they don't like us because we have sweaty hands, they apparently have bad character because they don't even bother to begin to know us from our personalities. They instead think "Ew" and leave us alone.

But surprisingly to you all, nobody really notices the problem. Usually when you're at school or work, everyone is so absorbed into their own thing they don't pay the slightest of attention to you. Even less, your hands. But even though all that is said and done, the thought is still going to linger in your mind, which will cause your hands to remain sweating.

I have tried many different ways to stop my sweating problem, and surprisingly enough it is the simplest of them all that has made the biggest impact. Don't believe the "urinate on your palms" technique. Does it work? Maybe it does, maybe it doesn't. I haven't been able to bring myself to do it myself. But by all means you can go for it an post if it works. But don't expect me to jump on the band wagon. I have experienced a few techniques that have definitely lessened the fact my hands sweat, but they don't deplete it from my mind entirely. It seems like a lot of you need these answers, so I shall present them to you.

Deep Breaths.

I know this sounds lame and some of you are thinking, "What does breathing have to do with sweating?!" But it has to do with everything. Whether you're completely comfortable in the environment, you are reading a book, or taking notes... one thing I have noticed that helps keep the sweating down is breathing. I don't mean regular breathing though, I mean deep breaths.

Of course I do not mean breaths so deep people are thinking you are about to dive into an invisible pool in the middle of the classroom, but I mean just strong, slow breaths. Ones that will help ease your mind and take your thoughts off of your sweaty hands for just a moment. Sweaty hands attacking you while you are taking notes? Sit down your pencil, quietly. If you want to slam it down, by all means do so, but I can guarantee you someone will stop and stare at you like you are crazy and it will only draw attention to yourself.

After sitting your pencil down, glance around the room or wherever you are. Read a poster on the wall, try to count how many redheads or blondes are in your class. Just something to help take the thought of "omg why they stop sweating" off your mind. As you do this, take deep, strong breaths. Let your body relax as you do this too. Relaxation and breathing are key to calming yourself down, and relaxing so that you are comfortable in the environment.

Don't believe breathing works? It did for me today in my Algebra 2 class. We were taking the biggest test of the year, and though I was not nervous at all about it as I knew my material, my hands were sweating profusely and I could barely keep the pencil in my hand. Has anyone ever tried to use a calculator when your hands are sweating?

Your mind becomes so overwhelmed with consciousness that someone's going to notice that glisten of sweat that lays on the side of your finger as you tap in the keys and it only seems to make the situation worse. I seriously wanted to just smash my calculator up to my chest and tap away in secrecy, where I was sure that no one would see. I could barely write the answers down and trying to work the half-page problems out on scrap paper was even worse. The second my hand laid on the paper, if I pulled up I would find splotches of wetness where it had previously been. But eventually I could not take it anymore. I sat down my paper and pencil and pushed my calculator aside. I closed my eyes and took about ten evenly deep breaths and thought about something other than school. And what do you know? I finished the remaining twenty questions in a breeze without leaking faucets coming out of my palms, but rather a light, cold sweat that seemed to not bother me at all.

Try it yourself, you'll see that it works. Most people who suffer from sweaty hands and the like notice an increase in the sweat when they start thinking about their hands sweating while they are doing something. You are afraid that it's going to get worse, so you start thinking about bad situations that may happen, or how you aren't going to finish your paper because you are smudging everything. Majority of your body will end up tensing up at these negative thoughts, resulting in your body's hormones reacting and releasing the sweat to help cool and calm the body.

Get in depth with conversation.

As I said before, majority of the major sweating or increase of sweating is because the mind wanders away with negative thoughts about it all. Try to get yourself into a conversation that people are partaking it, that way your thoughts will eventually roam away from your hands and they will be engrossed in the conversation as you take in everything everyone says. Distractions always help when it comes to reducing your sweaty hands.

Long Sleeves.

You may be thinking, "Don't long sleeve's end up heating you up more instead of stopping the sweat?" Well the answer is partially true, but did you think about the cotton fibers in your clothing that will help hide away and reduce your sweat? When you wear long sleeves or a jacket, your sweat has somewhere to go. It absorbs into your sleeves instead of lingering there on your hand, piling up until it looks like you dipped your hand into a bucket of water and didn't bother to dry them off. Of course, when you do this, you have to know how to do it right.

Don't go layering five long sleeve shirts under a thick sleeved jacket thinking it will absorb everything. Of course, it will... but it will also increase your body temperature as the day progresses, causing you to sweat even more under all those layers of clothing. You'll find yourself shedding off the shirts one by one throughout the day until you eventually are sitting shirtless in the middle of nowhere.

I see that it is the greatest help because it sort of "hides" your hands, and they aren't laying down on the desk for all the world to see. If you want to try this tidbit of information. here's how you'd do it.

Try finding a relatively thin jacket, one that will look like you are just trying to protect yourself from a small chill. Not one that hides your entire body and makes you look like an Eskimo ready for a blizzard. If you find a thin jacket, try finding a light or thin shirt to wear under it. I have experienced that if you wear a thick shirt and semi-thick jacket, you'll find yourself hot and wanting to strip it off. But in the back of your head your mind will be screaming "NO!" because that means there will be a chance that someone will see your hands. Of course, if it does come to the point where you need to take it off, sit it in your lap or tie it around your waist for easy access. Don't throw it on the floor where you won't be able to reach it again.

I have found that by laying my jacket in my lap I kind of develop a comforting feel. And not to forget to mention that if you hands start sweating, you can easily just rest them in your lap and hide them in your jacket. Try to pretend like you are neatly folding your jacket or adjusting it from a comfortable position, that way it looks as if you are fixing something when you are really just wiping off your hands so you can continue on with that nasty essay that's due at the end of the period.


For those of you who have sweaty feet, and sweaty hands in some cases, you may have noticed that wherever you sit them they just won't seem to stop. You try to put them in the direction of a draft or a breeze, and yet the cold air only makes them worse because not only is it chilling your feet to the bone because of the sweat that is now freezing on your skin, but also your body will send more blood to that area in order to heat them. And everyone knows that where the is heat, there is sweat. At least in our cases.

One way I have found that has helped erase sweaty feet from my mind is socks. I love socks. I can't tell you what I would ever do without my socks. Many times I forget that I am even wearing them and the material soaks up any sweat your feet give off, and I can't tell you how great of a relief it is.

Before I found out about this obvious option in cutting down my sweaty feet, my feet used to drip sweat like a running faucet. I dreaded going to dances because I was forced to wear heels, not to mention I'm a lousy dancer. By now although, I am thankful the ballerina flat fad has come of age because they are all I wear now when I have to dress up nicely. But along with the socks, wear closed shoes.

If you have sweaty feet, for the love of all things holy don't wear open shoes such as heels or flip flops. They are only going to make your life a living nightmare because they are exposed for everyone to see. In eighth grade, I decided to wear flip flops to school and let me tell you. I don't think my feet stopped kicking because I needed that breeze on my feet so badly. Anyone who looked at me probably saw them as a blur because they were kicking so fast. But I tell you what, I never wore them again. Those shoes are hidden away in some crevice so far out of my sight in my closet that spiders and the like are probably devouring them as some type of food source as we speak.

Drink plenty of water.

You may think that drinking lots of water would cause your body to sweat more, as there may be excess water and your body needs someway to get rid of it other than the obvious fifteen trips to the bathroom to "relieve" yourself. Though in my eyes, I believe it helps tremendously. Not only does it cool down your body a bit when your nerves are acting up and over heating your body, but it also gives your hands something to play with. You can secretly wipe away any sweat on that wrapper that is around the plastic bottle and holding it can also cool down your hands if the water is cold.

Another use with the bottle I have found is placing it on your wrist. This may look silly to some people watching you, but I'm sure they'd rather see you playing with a bottle than fidgeting in your chair because your sweaty hands are making you scream throughout your head. If you place an edge or side of the cold water bottle against your wrists, maybe pretend like you are rolling it on your desk while listening to someone lecture or the like, you will instantly feel a relief and cut in the amount of sweat from your hands. The coldness helps, in a way, cool off the blood traveling through your veins that are exposed to your skin, along with your nerves. It helps relax you. And if you put it in with other techniques such as the deep breathing listed above, it can help even more.

Talk about it.

This may seem like the craziest, most reckless, and hardest part of suggestions, but I have to admit it works. My boyfriend and I have been together for over a year now and he knows everything about me, even my sweaty hands. Of course it was incredibly hard to tell him about it and I told him around two in the morning, but I felt so much relief after I said so and believe it or not... my hands never sweat when I'm around him.

Why you ask? It's because I've become comfortable. I can be relaxed and open with him now, instead of tense and shy away from every move he makes towards me because my mind is too occupied in thinking about the sweaty palms and pits hidden under my seven layers of clothes. And he accepts me for it all.

My boyfriend has taught me that no one is perfect, no matter how much everyone would like to believe. He has made me realize that everyone has their little quirks that are different from each other. And mine just happens to be sweaty hands. It could be a lot worse, couldn't it?

But other than my personal life, sit down. Talk to your parents, your best friends, your significant other and any one who is close to you as well. I'm not telling you to go around the world wearing a shirt that reads "I have sweaty hands!" but expressing your feelings and what's going on with your body to people who you care for and know care for you will reduce the stress insanely.

I was always tense when it came to my parents and friends about my sweaty hands and feet, and I was planning on telling them about it (and chickened out several times). But one day, I became so fed up with my sweating problem that I sat down with them and just blurted it out. Halfway into the conversation I then noticed what I had said and how I got there, and it immediately spread relief through my body.

It isn't going to be easy, I can tell you that right now. Working up the nerves to even say something will be hard enough. And obviously you're going to have thoughts in your head that revolve around, "What if I tell them... and they completely isolate me from them forever? What if I lose my best friend because they think it's 'icky'?" Well I can tell you right now what everyone else would say, that's for a fact... If anyone decides to not have anything to do with you because you have sweaty hands, they are NOT worth the time.

I can guarantee if you tell your best friend about your "problem", they will accept you in every way and more. Not only that but it will also build a stronger bond on your relationship because he/she understands that it is something you can barely speak about to your parents and you are sharing it with them.

I also guarantee that you will feel much more comfortable around the people you tell as I have. I'm completely comfortable around my parents, close friends, and my boyfriend because they know of this. I feel that I do not need to hide anything from them anymore and that they accept me for who I am.

Sweaty hands included.

So if you are suffering from these conditions, the least I can say is don't let it run your life. For a while it has run mine, but I am finally putting a stop to it. I will not let my sweaty hands and feet control what type of career I achieve, whose hand I hold or shake, and if anyone has a problem with it, let them have that problem!

It's part of what makes you, YOU. And no one can tell you otherwise. And always remember, you are NOT alone. Many people suffer from sweaty hands and feet. It's only up to you if you are going to let it control you, or you control it.

I wish the best of luck to all of you on stopping your sweaty hands. There are many other ways you can stop your hands from sweating out there and I encourage you to search for them as well.

I hope I could have been of some assistance to you all.

By anon12075 — On Apr 29, 2008

Does warm water and salt work? please help me!

By anon11988 — On Apr 28, 2008

Man, some people have it for life. It definitely comes to you genetically and a lot of people would still have great social life, date their girlfriends/boyfriends, do sports but when it comes to ceremonies, graduations, important events they would still go through hell to shake hands. Like my mother is having that for life, my dad too. But as for me, I found a solution: just do some work like carrying stuff, that stuff that build-up your hands, you know? Work-out. When you have soft-hands you are most likely to get sweatiness! But when working hands, not sitting around the computer with sweaty mouse.. Do stuff. Holding hands could be an issue too. Like the person you don't know, you don't what to expect. Like, I was once sitting in college lab and the guy came up to get social, he shook my hand but then he wiped it off his pants, because it was so sweaty since I didn't know him, I was browsing Internet right? I got so embarrassed. Or like some idiot asking you: "Why you always have sweaty hands?" What do you say back?

Everybody has this but in different quantities. Not to sweat is bad too. Imagine taking your socks to laundry, but they don't smell? Take it easy. Like that. I'm 21 and I still have it. Cold showers are not for me. It's crazy, dog. But, ironically, people with sweaty hands are the most real! I love U!!!

By anon11958 — On Apr 27, 2008

Folks! If anyone tries to get you to do surgery to 'CURE' your sweaty palms, feet, head, etc. run for the hills. My husband had this surgery for excessive sweating of the head and hands and his life was truly ruined. They've banned this surgery in other countries and, frankly, they should ban it here. The side effects are far worse than your sweating. Where maybe you sweat a lot from your hands, later you won't sweat from your hands, but you'll sweat buckets below your nipple line. It affects your heart and lungs and a host of other things. They're cutting or clipping your nerve ganglia and it's not reversible. Google "ETS surgery" or "ETS" before you ever consider that route.

By anon11650 — On Apr 20, 2008

Hi, I'm 15 years old and sweaty palms are becoming a pretty bad problem when I do social dancing in phys. ed. class. Thinking about sweaty hands and how i don't want them just makes it worse!

By anon11488 — On Apr 17, 2008

Does anyone know if this can be connected with Raynaud's syndrome?

By anon11409 — On Apr 16, 2008

hi guys, i've been into this problem ever since i can remember. during my teen days i never thought about it too much I thought everyone had it too. I had realized it was a big upset when my friends started to joke around. It was too embarrassing when someone wants to shake hands with you and tend to wipe out theirs afterwards that was too embarrassing. then my uncle told me about soaking your hands into warm water with salt. I tried it every night and it worked well but the cure is not that fast you have to do it continuously until you get satisfied. hope this helps

By anon11318 — On Apr 13, 2008

I am a 14 year old male in high school and I share the same problem with many previous posters! Sweaty palms and feet! I share the same social and functional problems with you guys and girls, but my problem is mostly functional. I keep smearing my writing.. -_- This is most annoying. The social impact is great too. :|

I don't believe there is any permanent cure other than surgery as of now, but I hope something works out soon in science. God be with us all.

By anon11206 — On Apr 10, 2008


i am going through a problem with sweaty hands.

its extremely embarrassing, and i don\'t like to be around anyone when it happens, in case of hand shaking. please help me! i need something to stop all the sweat. i would love it if i could go a day with dry hands! :)

By Lucky — On Apr 09, 2008

God be with you all people, is as simple as this: start taking cold shower and you will see results in a couple of hours. Take care God bless.

By anon11094 — On Apr 08, 2008

This is the cure for all you people. Get a speaker magnet and hold on to it a couple minutes a day and you should be good. also washing your hands in vinegar. I personally find that if my feet are sweaty in my shoes then my hands will also begin to sweat. So i found out that bacteria causes people to sweat sometimes. So vacuum your carpet often, or just put socks on after you shower. I hope this helps.

By anon10963 — On Apr 06, 2008

I am a 15 year old girl in high school. I also suffer from excessive hand perspiration. Its really embarrassing when people try to give me high fives. And i used to go to a catholic school, so every tuesday we would have church and i would always be embarrassed to hold hands with anybody. I dreaded tuesdays!!!....i also get really hot easily. If i have a long walk to class, my body gets overheated sometimes and i might start a small sweat on my forehead (which is the worst)......please help.

ps- i am very relieved to know that i am not the only teenager with this problem. i know how all of you feel, and it sucks!

By anon10788 — On Apr 02, 2008

I have heard if you get botox on your hands it will remove the sweating, i am also a 16 year old with sweaty hands 80% of the time im anywhere. my parents tell me i have been like that ever since i was a child. i seen on oprah the other day that if you have sweaty hands it could be due to an illness such as diabetes or something, they also said to try to put antiperspirant deodorant on your hands, but if any 1 has any reasonable non surgery solutions im open for anything worth trying...

By anon10765 — On Apr 02, 2008

I have the same problem as most here, im a 16 year old female. School is definitely the worst time, although im not terribly nervous, my hands usually sweat while sitting down. As well as this though my hands always seem to be bright red, after any sort of exercise, even walking from class to class, its very embarrassing and people are always making jokes and i agree when the article says that sweaty-handed people smudge writing, its terrible! I can't shake peoples hands, im far too embarrassed and this will certainly have a negative impact on my future.

there is no history of sweaty palms in my family and i hope his means i'll grow out of it as it is severely affecting my self-esteem

thanks for the article though, was helpful

By anon10359 — On Mar 25, 2008

Guys, use drionic. I have been using it since one year and it keeps my hands so dry that I have to use moisturizer sometimes :-)

By bclee — On Mar 17, 2008

This is quite interesting, I frequently get sweaty palms, or heat up unexplainably... I also wake up in the middle of the night a lot and feel as if I am extremely dehydrated (I can't sleep without a glass of water by my bed). I have had this since I was little. I used to joke and say I was having a hot flash, even though I was probably only 8 or so when it started (that's as far back as I can remember having episodes like this). I would be curious to hear more about this... I also have other 'symptoms' that may be related to a malfunction with the sympathetic nervous system. I am startled very easily, to the extent where it is embarrassing. Its like I am always on edge, I jump or yell out with the smallest things (like someone 10 ft away coming around a corner and into my field of vision). My coworkers used to take advantage of this and see who could scare me the worst, it was quite comical to them, thank goodness I got a good laugh at my absurd reactions as well. I also sometimes get surges of what I guess would be adrenaline... where I feel like I need to tense up my muscles and release them constantly... this started a few years ago... I thought that I was having mini anxiety attacks... but have not spoken to a dr yet (im only in my 20s and didn't think this was that big of a deal). Anyone have any suggestions?

By anon9958 — On Mar 17, 2008

I suffer badly from sweaty hands and feet and not least sweaty armpits. My 4 year old also suffers from it as well. I mostly get sweaty feet when I am hot, not nervous or maybe when I'm overexcited. It is very embarrassing. And the thing about it is that if my feet or hands are not sweating I get uncomfortable because my skin just feel so dry so I need to put lotion on for it to feel OK and then that's when i start sweating again.

By anon9899 — On Mar 16, 2008

Alcohol dries your hands temporarily. Or you could try applying cornstarch before going out. I've tried that. But the results are very temporary

By anon9851 — On Mar 15, 2008


all i can say is... it's embarrassing whenever I try to shake hands with people who i don't know.. i usually have to warn them ahead of time.. like 'sorry my hands are sweaty'... my hands tend to get sweaty pretty much the whole day.. especially during the summer.. and whenever i get really nervous.. it's just pouring... out..

my feet also gets sweaty... not as much as my hands.. tho.. i've always thought i have bad circulation in my hands.. is there any cure besides.. having a surgery...

By anon9752 — On Mar 12, 2008

hello. I'm 14. and i have sweaty palms, sweaty feet and armpits. it's really hard for me to be confident with all this going on. i hate shaking hands with other people because their expressions are really mean and full of disgust as if it was my fault. my friends make fun of me sometimes and although i laugh with them deep inside it really hurts me. i've tried certain dri, pills and e few other antiperspirant, oh yea i had botox too. but none of that didn't work. although the botox did reduce the sweat it wasn't enough plus it was too expensive and you have to keep doing it every few months. i need a cure fast!!

By anon9720 — On Mar 11, 2008

I'm 16 i had sweaty palms as a kid never thought anything about it really, thought everyone had it. Someone said why are your hands so sweaty and i then realized it. Some people refer to it as clammy hands don't know why. Its an on and off thing. Although its weird in the morning my hands are almost too dry. Well if i ever shake someones hand i usually wipe my hands on my pant legs hope that helps. If someone doesn't want to be with you because sometimes your palms sweat, I might judge the character of that person. Thanks

I'm working on a cure

By anon9318 — On Mar 03, 2008

I too have excessively sweaty hands- it's been this way ever since I can remember. I get so upset when people say that it's caused by anxiety, they just don't know what it's really like. Anyway, I have tried to wash my hands a lot (didn't work), tried powders (didn't work), tried Drysol, you have to get a prescription (didn't work). I am now going back to a dermatologist to talk about other options. I hear there's some kind of oral prescription, there's also botox injections as a temporary fix and surgery can be done. Of course the last three cost $ and I'm not sure if insurance will cover the cost, but at this point I'll almost pay anything for a cure!

By anon9210 — On Mar 02, 2008

I'm the same Anonymous as the person two comments above...

I find that when I'm in school, my hands get sweaty a lot. But once I'm out or with my friends, they're actually okay! It's really strange. Does anyone have any tips or something to help me not sweat as much?


By anon9203 — On Mar 01, 2008

Well, I'm 18 years old and I have had sweaty palms ever since I could remember. I get nervous when I'm around a lot of people and the place that I'm in with this type of problem would be school. I would just like to get rid of this problem. I'm too afraid to ask a girl out due to the fact if she wants to hold hands, I can not do it for my hands would be all sweaty.

By anon9103 — On Feb 28, 2008

I agree with the people above..I'm 15 too, female..I don't remember having sweaty palms as a child. But maybe a year back, I started realizing how sweaty my palms were for no particular reason! I found that after showering, sleeping or exercise, my hands would be fine. But then it would get sweaty for no apparent reason throughout the day. Sometimes just thinking about having sweaty hands make me start sweating!

I really need a solution, and fast. It's embarrassing not being able to shake peoples hands...and going on dates, that's even worse!

By anon9034 — On Feb 26, 2008

I would just like to say that being a teenager comes with enough insecurities and having sweaty hands just makes life so much more difficult. Imagine feeling ashamed to shake someone's hand at church, give somebody a high-five, or just socially interact at school...It sucks. I've been dealing with this problem for almost a year now. Strange enough, I really can't remember how it started but i'm really interested in finding out why my stupid hands are doing this to me. help! If anyone has any suggestions of a treatment for this (this does not include surgery) please speak up. Thanks so much...

I'm desperate :|

By anon8928 — On Feb 24, 2008

maybe some of that gold bond powder?

Mitchum antiperspirant is a very powerful, non prescription tool to stop ( and i mean stop!) under arm sweating...it would almost surely work on hands, but I don't think I would like the feeling of having it on my own hands

By anon8812 — On Feb 21, 2008

Hello i am 18 and i have sweaty hands 80% of the day. Sucks-- help me out ? I am not nervous or scared i swear.

By anon8530 — On Feb 15, 2008

well i'm a 15 year old girl and have excessive sweaty palms and i have had this problem my whole life and i'm trying to look for a cure that doesn't involve surgery..and it's very embarrassing....i hate holding anything because my hands are excessively sweaty....and i don't know what to do to cure this.....

any suggestions?

thank you very much..this was a great and helpful article.

By xgames51 — On Jan 26, 2008

that is very true, but the grimace one has after you shake their hand with your sweaty, gross hand is just embarrassing. I don't know about the anonymous person but i do not want to get surgery to remove my sweat glands in my hands. That is just ridiculous; if you see anything please tune back into the discussion, thank you bigmetal

By bigmetal — On Jan 26, 2008

sweaty palms must be the pits! i have a friend who seemed to be a profuse sweater. i would ask my doctor for his/her advice. there may be prescription strength antiperspirant you can use, or some other treatment available. something like this should not change the way you want to live your life!

By xgames51 — On Jan 26, 2008

hello kind people, I was wondering if there is any medication to treat sweaty palms? I can't stand being so self conscious anymore about my hands before i shake someone's hand! It has gotten to be such a burden. I choose not to go to social events sometimes because I don't want to shake anyone's hand. Please tell me if there is any ointment or cream that can stop my problem.

By anon6671 — On Jan 06, 2008

hi! can you suggest some treatment. I am also experiencing sweating palms..

pls.. thanks..

By olittlewood — On Dec 29, 2007

do the same conditions apply to sweaty feet? i actually get sweaty feet when my feet are cold, and when i am pregnant. weird!

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