Palmar hyperhidrosis is a condition in which there is excessive sweating in the palmar area of the hands. Generally sweating is a normal physiologic phenomenon which occurs to maintain the body temperature.
There are many sweat glands in our body like armpits, neck, back, forehead, palms, soles and many other areas. For some people the sweating occurs more only on the palms or soles when compared to other bodily areas.
This is an abnormal condition to be taken care of. This is the autonomic nervous system’s response to the body conditions like temperature, stress, exercise etc. For some people it is very hyperactive.
Thus the condition palmar hyperhidrosis occurs. It may be seen very common in young school children and adolescents. This is a very rare phenomenon which occurs in almost 1 to 2 % of the total population. There is no age differentiation in this; both men and women are equally affected.
Palmar hyperhidrosis do not have any other associated symptom with it but the condition itself is socially disturbing and troubling one. It is difficult in continuous writing, hand shaking etc. Sometimes this can also affect the person’s self-confidence. This mostly diminishes by its own without the requirement of any treatments for it.
Rarely the condition persists and requires some medical intervention. Palmar hyperhidrosis is sometimes found associated with certain pathological conditions of the body. Researchers have found that this may be due to genetic transmission also.
To be on the safer side it is better to take some laboratory examinations if this condition is found to be persisting for more period of time. The laboratory tests include thyroid function tests, Blood glucose levels, uric acid levels, Mantoux test and chest radiography which help to find out whether the patient suffers from thyrotoxicosis, diabetes, gouty arthritis, tuberculosis or neoplasms.
There are many treatment options available for this condition. Many topical applications, injections, tablets are available which can be made use of. Initially the person can just try with increasing the intake of water which may itself reduce the problem. If that does not work out then next alternatives can be tried out. Surgical procedures are also available for this condition. Simple anti perspirants can also provide good remedy for this problem.