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Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month: Palmar Hyperhidrosis (sweaty hands)

By Jen Jenkins On Under Uncategorized

In high school, I had the sweatiest hands, and it was unbelievably embarrassing. Sweating is a necessary function to cool down our bodies, but I couldn’t hold hands on dates, shake hands confidently before an interview, or even just give a high-five.

This issue is medically known as Palmar Hyperhidrosis. When you have hyperhidrosis, you sweat even when your body isn’t overheating. This may be happen in one or two specific locations, or all over.

I tried desperately to find a solution, but there were none available, so as a pre-med college student I set out to fix this problem myself. I worked with dermatologists, scientists, and two other students to formulate the best solution for our sweaty hands. That soon became Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion.

More About Palmar Hyperhidrosis

  • Nearly 5% of the population have hyperhidrosis.
  • Incidences are highest among teens.
  • One of the most common spots for hyperhidrosis is the hands.
  • Effects of palmar hyperhidrosis include avoiding social contact, leaving moisture on your computer mouse or keyboard, creating wet spots on papers and feeling self-conscious.

Doctors haven’t pinpointed the cause of palmar hyperhidrosis, but theorize that the nerves controlling sweat overreact to even the smallest stimuli, especially anxiety or worry which can make sweaty palms even worse.

Tips for Dealing with Sweaty Hands

  • Wearing athletic gloves: While this isn’t a permanent solution, it can help you pursue recreational activities with more confidence.
  • Antiperspirant: Your armpits aren’t the only location that can benefit from antiperspirant, which acts to block sweat glands so sweat can’t reach the surface of the skin. But not all antiperspirants are created equal. Carpe Antiperspirant Lotion is formulated to absorb quickly and be gentle enough for delicate palms and soles. It’s non-invasive, affordable, and doesn’t have the side effects or down time of other options.
  • Talk to your doctor: Prescription treatments do exist, including Iontophoresis which delivers low-voltage electrical currents to hands through water; Botox injections, which can cut back on sweat for six months, but the procedure is painful and costly; and Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy Surgery, although this surgery is only be performed as a last resort as it carries serious side effects and risks.

Use promo code COOLJAMS for 10% off any purchase from carpelotion.com

Courtesy of guest blogger David Spratte, founder of Carpe.

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