Sweaty palms or palmar hyperhidrosis is a very common area of excessive sweating, affecting up to 3% of the population. Unfortunately miraDry is not useful nor is it safe to treat in this area. Treatments such as glycopyrrolate iontophoresis is a much safer alternative to miraDry in this particular area. The use of anti-sweating creams and lotions can be moderately effective.
Facts on palmar hyperhidrosis
- Sweaty hands or palmar hyperhidrosis condition seen in childhood
- Sweaty palms or wet hands usually affects BOTH hands
- Some patients will have a relative with a similar condition
- Wet hands can have a significant impact on schooling, work and social life
- miraDry is an excellent and safe treatment if you have sweating in the armpit area, however is NOT an option for sweating on the hands or feet.
- Treatments include creams, lotions as well as iontophoresis
- The use of glycopyrrolate iontophoresis has a success rate of over 80%
- ETS surgery for sweaty hands has a high cure rate, but rebound sweating can be a side effect
Can miraDry help with sweaty hands?
No. miraDry is not indicated for sweaty palms, or wet hands. This treatment is very effective for underarm treatment, but not safe for hands and feet. This is because the electromagnetic energy can affect nerves in these areas.
Why do I have wet and sweaty hands?
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating can affect any area of the body, including the hands, underarms, and feet. Some people also seem to sweat on the face and scalp. This is known as primary hyperhidrosis. The cause is unknown, and thought to be genetic in origin. 50% of patients with sweaty hands will also have sweaty underarms. Unfortunately miraDry can not be used on the hands.
What treatments are there for wet sweaty hands?
Antiperspirants are the first step is using treating wet hands. The use of Driclor is the very first step. The success rate for Driclor is pretty poor if you have severe sweating, but worth a go.
More on Driclor Application
The next step is gylycopyrrolate iontophoresis. This electrical treatment is done at The Sweat Free Clinic and takes 10-15 minutes to perform and has a success rate of 80%
More on iontophoresis
ETS surgery is the last line in the treatment of wet hands. This is done by a vascular surgeon and involves cutting sympathetic nerves in you spinal cord.
More on ETS surgery
Should I have my sweaty hands treated?
Sweaty hands can be distressing. Consider treatment if wet hands -
- Has an impact on your schoolwork or occupation
- Wet hands affects your relationships
- You are hesitant to shake hands because of sweaty palms
- Excess sweating is uncomfortable, or causes secondary infection
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of the above conditions, sweaty hands DOES play a major role in your life, and treatment is advisable.
Can sweat stopping treatments be used to treat sweaty hands?
Yes, but we do NOT encourage this because of the prices involved - sweat stopping treatments for hands cost $2300 to perform, and last between 2-4 months. It is NOT covered by Medicare.
How do I get my sweaty and wet hands dry?
Book a consultation with our Sweat or Hyperhidrosis nurse. We will find a solution for you- including the use of special creams, lotions as well as glycopyrrolate iontophoresis.
For more information on our consultation fees, call reception on (07) 3871 34 37.
No referrals are needed.
More information on treating sweaty hands by Sweat Free Clinics