Are you wondering if you’re the only one? I know I was. Always asking myself, “Why do I have sweaty palms?”. I always felt like I must be really unfit or something was clearly wrong. Having clammy hands isn’t the greatest thing in the World as most of you will know.
Sweaty palms is usually an indicator of palmer hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and usually caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system – in the case of Primary Hyperhidrosis. Sounds very technical huh? Well, yes it is but if you can imagine that the signals from your nervous system are telling your sweat glands to pump out lots of sweat in order to cool your hands down. Most excessive sweating on the hands (palmer hyperhidrosis)
I’m a busy business consultant and trainer and I get to meet numerous people each day. These people can be clients with whom I have a professional relationship, candidates within a training programme or directors that I’m pitching to or advising. I’m a confident person and in full flow I have the knowhow, the intelligence and the persona to fulfil their needs. I also have sweaty palms.
That moment arrives after completion of a training course, a meeting or a general good bye. My hands are clammy to the point where my finger tips are wrinkled, just like after a bath or shower. At this moment I have a few options:
This isn’t the end of the world of course, and I’m pretty sure that I haven’t lost any business or friends because I have sweaty palms. However, the confidence just suddenly drains from me as soon as I get to that point of shaking hands. Nobody wants to touch another person’s hand that is dripping wet, surely.
Business aside can you imagine snuggling up to your other half and having your hand on their leg, only to leave a wet patch on their jeans, or crinkle their skirt because of the damp hand? Worse still was meeting that better half in first place – no hand holding I’m afraid. I’ve even gone to the point of not holding the hands of my nieces and nephews even when near a road – If my sister knew I’m pretty sure she would kill me for not following road safety. Think about it though, you’re supposed to be the fun, trendy Uncle (or Aunt of course), and then they find out you have cold, damp hands – kids are not the most tactful of people on Earth.
As I’ve dug into this over the years and started to talk to people I’ve found that it isn’t just people with sweaty palms but there are a multitude of sweaty issues that people have to live with. Fortunately there’s a huge array of solutions out there to suit anyone’s needs and there’s no need to live your life with this ridiculous affliction.
For me it was Iontophoresis. This slightly odd but amazing solution has worked wonders for me and still brings a smile to my face even now. I say “solution” as opposed to cure because although Iontophoresis has stopped the sweating for me, it’s something that I have to do periodically to ‘keep it topped up’.