Palmar Hyperhidrosis (Sweaty Hands/Palms)
If you have excessively sweaty hands, medically known as palmar hyperhidrosis, you know how it can be an embarrassing problem. Chances are, you suffer every day and have a certain degree of social anxiety because of your condition, especially in situations when you give a handshake, fill out important papers, or face social interactions. You may also carry supplies to wipe your hands frequently, and you've tried topical solutions such as powders and antiperspirants, without lasting success.
While it may seem like you'll always have sweaty palms, Beverly Hills Physicians is adept at effective, surgical palmar hyperhidrosis treatment. The minimally-invasive hyperhidrosis treatment offered at BHP should always be attempted after preventative and conservative methods; however, for those suffering from a severe sweaty hands problem, this procedure can make their lives much easier.
What Causes Sweaty Hands?
It can be a real hassle dealing with excessive sweating, whether it's the palmer, plantar, facial, or axillary hyperhidrosis. This problem affects 1 to 2% of the population, usually starting at childhood or adolescence. There can be many genetic or environmental causes for hyperhidrosis and it can sometimes be unknown what causes it. However, often sweaty palms are the result of an overactive, malfunctioning sympathetic nervous system. This system controls basic functions that happen automatically, such as your heartbeat, and also stimulates the sweat glands to produce sweat.
Beverly Hills Physicians has various treatments to help control you palmar hyperhidrosis; surgery being one of the last resorts, but an effective choice for those who have uncontrollable sweating that is untreatable with conservative treatments.
Do I Have Palmar Hyperhidrosis?
Some of the symptoms of palmar hyperhidrosis include:
· Difficulty grasping objects because of sweaty palms, such as a pen.
· Cool hands that may become exceedingly cold, clammy, and wet due to excessive sweating.
· Bluish, purplish palm discoloration.
· Constantly needing to wipe the hands with a towel, handkerchief or other method.
Palmar Hyperhidrosis Treatment
If left untreated, your sweaty palm predicament is likely to continue throughout your life. Fortunately, Beverly Hills Physicians can consult with you to determine the most appropriate methods and whether surgery is necessary for effective treatment. If it is, BHP's board certified surgeons are capable of performing the following:
· ETS surgery. The nerves from the sympathetic chain in the chest control palm sweating, and cutting this nerve can stop excessive sweating. "ETS" is an abbreviation for Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy, and is minimally-invasive as it is performed through laparoscope. This is generally the most preferred approach to helping with severe hand sweating.
· Botox (botulinum toxin) Injections. This can dramatically reduce sweating, and the effects last approximately six months.
· Other surgical procedures for hyperhidrosis. Axillary suction curettage (which is similar to liposuction) is typically recommended for sweaty armpit treatment, while a lumbar sympathectomy can be a surgical solution for foot sweating or secondary hyperhidrosis treatment. While these aren't typically recommended for sweaty hands, they may be an option for you depending on your unique situation.
Contact Beverly Hills Physicians
You may just want palmar hyperhidrosis treatment, but Beverly Hills Physicians also treats other excessive sweating problems, such as facial hyperhidrosis. Whatever your situation with excessive sweating, BHP can be depended on for your comfort, convenience and overall health. For further information, please call 800-788-1416 to request a consultation or go online here.