Hyperhidrosis of the hands (Palmar Hyperhidrosis) is one of the most common places to suffer from excessive sweating. Many patients also have hyperhidrosis of the feet.
Having constantly wet hands can make it hard to write on paper, hold pens, or use tools or instruments. Having to shake someone’s hand can be embarrassing.
Aluminium chloride Antiperspirants can be very effective, but must be applied to clean, dry skin at night time.
Iontophoresis is the second choice of treatment, and is successful around 85% of the time.
Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS) can also be performed, but this is radical surgery with potentially severe side effects. Iontophoresis is more popular now, more successful and less invasive.
If possible wash hands with emollient washes rather than soap based products.