Sweaty Palms and Feet

My 12-year-old has a problem with sweaty palms and feet. This has been a problem since she was a baby. At 12 she is embarrassed by the problem. She constantly has to wipe her hands while writing, drawing, using the computer, etc. She is unable to wear most sandals and some styles of shoes because of the build up of moisture on her soles. Does anyone have a solution to her problem?

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ddavisgray from Texas

May 26, 20060 found this helpful

I googled this condition and found a sort of anti perspirant for the hands that might help her out. It's called Drysol. Here is a link you can cut and paste.

http://www.sunrisemeds.com/product_ ... SID=9dedc6f38ff616a5bba1c0537cb754e5

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

i also have extemely sweaty hands and feet. yes i was always embarrassed. i have used a product that was supposed to keep them dry. i found them scaly and when lotion would get on them i was so slippery. it was a feeling that is undescribeable. i would have a hard time washing it off. i now use a lot of powder all over my body: as i sweat profusely.

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

I sweat a lot in the summer and what I usually do is first get a good antibacterial soap and then usually dust with perfumed talc or cornstrach babypowder . I also have to use the doctor scholl's foot insoles. Also, there are anti-perspirants for feet . hope this helps!

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

I use cornstarch baby powder in my shoes and has helped immensely.

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

My daugther has the same problem and I talked to the doctor he told her to use hand santizer. I don't know why but it really works better than baby powder.

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

I use Drysol. I received a prescription from my doctor. I only use it on my hands. I am a banker and it is embarassing to shake someone's hand when your is sweaty. I dont think your doctor would recommend to use it both on your hands and feet. Your body still needs to sweat...if it isnt coming out of your palms or feet, it has to come from somewhere!

Good Luck! I suffered with this for my whole life also...Drysol has made a HUGE improvement!

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May 30, 20060 found this helpful

There are oral medications that may help but have the unfortunate side effects of sedation and very dry mouth. I would advise you to take your daughter to a dermatologist who will discuss your treatment options. The drysol really works better on axillary wetness.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

It is a condition that you live with or get surgery.

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

Drysol is ...

INGREDENTS

Aluminium Chloride Hexahydrate 20%.

This is the main ingredient for antiperspirants.

Long before Drysol, my doctor had a pharmacy dispense some. It did not work!

There is a surgery if this is unbearable ... otherwise live with it!

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May 31, 20060 found this helpful

This is a medical condition called hyperhydrosis and can be very embarrassing. I know several folks who have had the surgery to correct the problem in their hands...I don't know if there is a surgical option for feet...I would definitely as your daughter's pediatrician about it...she is getting to an age where it is going to be very socially difficult for her... That said, the thought of surgery scares the daylights out of me and that is a choice that you & your sweet girl & her doc will have to decide on. I don't know of any other effective treatments that do not have unpleasant side effects (someone else mentioned dry mouth and sedation...ick!) Good luck!

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June 3, 20060 found this helpful

My husband has this same problem and I had never heard of anyone having this before until reading this forum. I didn't know anything could be done about it. I shall suggest Dysol to him...hand sanitizer too. I love to hold hands but his are so ikky and sweaty. SAD.

Donnay

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June 4, 20060 found this helpful

I heard on the radio the other day that there is a new botox treatment for this condition. The report said that it is very effective. Might be worth checking with your doctor.

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June 29, 20060 found this helpful

I have the same problem since my childhood i used many medecin like droyclor and others and have mate numbers of doctor english and homophatic. but all are useless. Does any one have a solution of my complex.

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February 16, 20070 found this helpful

Yes i know how you all feel my 12 year old daughter has the exact same problem as yours she is always complaining about them her feet are also sweaty as well she has to take a dance class and hold hands with alot of people and it can be very embarrasing for her could anyone please tell me some soultions to get rid of this without having to get surgery?

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May 21, 20070 found this helpful

i have the worse sweaty hands problem! one time i had to hold hands with a boy at church in a prayer and my hands were dripping with sweat! there was literally a puddle underneath! i felt so bad for him! i was soo embarrassed! yea it is not fun. my hands are dripping just typing this up...why they heck do they do that?

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May 22, 20070 found this helpful

It can mean that you have "high acid" in your system, ask your doctor if watching what you eat or drink, makes a difference.

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

try using corn starch baby powder. it absorbs moisture.I have this problem and evertime I have to shake someones hand i get scared

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Consult a specialist. It seams that she is overproducing from her glands since she was an infant. There are surgical methods that can permanently resolve this. I dont know if she is too young for surgery , but it is worth a look. Also if you arm yourself with information now. Later when she is older and becomes a young lady she can make choice either surgery or some other route of therapy.

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February 4, 20080 found this helpful

OK, this is my problem, listen up, I'm a 17 year old, and I have very sweaty palms. When I write I have to wipe my hands on my knees every 2 minutes and I avoid any contact with other peoples hands. I have lived with this since childhood. I don't want any surgery! If there are any natural substances that I can use, please tell me. I'm scared if I have to live with it for the rest of my life! Thanx tk cr

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March 5, 20080 found this helpful

For your hands you might want to see a dermatologist or and 'hand' doctor on that because all i can help you with is to put lotion on your hands. for your feet get used to running barefoot. it decreases sweat because your soles will get rough and prevent sweating. I am sorry for your daughter who is my age and has the same problem as me. but The best thing I've tried is antibiotic lotions good luck!

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April 9, 20080 found this helpful

God be with you all people, I know how you feel. I went through the same thing too. I have to wipe my hands on my jeans before I shake with people, even in church, in school I felt embarrassed anytime I shake hands with people. Even my friends asked me why is your palm always sweaty and what have you been doing something like that. I had to pray about it but just a couple of days ago something came up in head, since three years I have been in this great country America every time I take a shower is always hot water so I decided to take a real cold shower and that was the end of sweaty palms and feet. Please try I know it will work for you.

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May 6, 20080 found this helpful

I know exactly how yall feel. I'm 13 years old and my hands and feet sweat a lot. They are always cold and clammy. Every time I hold hands with my friends they ask me why my hands are sweaty. Also at church I'm doing a drama and I have to dance with these boys and its embarrassing! My sister who is six has the same problem and her teacher at school has sent my mom complaints that my sister sweats PROFUSELY! I'm afraid to touch my friends or even have a boyfriend. My boy life stinks because of my hands. Please HELP ME!

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

I didn't know so many people have this same condition.

I'm 43 and mine actually started when I was in the 3rd grade, I had come to the conclusion that it was from copper poisoning as in the school water fountains had copper piping.

I too was very embarrassed in those days as my school teacher held up my test paper asking me in front of the class why my paper was wet and smudged.........well! also trying to dance with a girl just didn't happen. I've learned to live with it and deal with it the best I can. I've considered the surgery procedure but don't want to take a risk on the side effects. The strangest part of my condition is that it mostly happens after I remove my shoes?

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July 23, 20080 found this helpful

This always happens to me! Sometimes i not only sweat on my hands and feet but i also start blushing which is really weird and embarassing! i know its not because I'm embarassed because ill be talking to anyone and all of a sudden my feet and hands start sweating and sometimes i start blushing and i could feel my face starting to sweat! i dont know what to do anymore and i tried the drysol and it didnt work and i dont want to take any chances on surgery.

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

I have sweaty palms to ever since I was younger. Now I'm 15 and it became more of a serious problem. I can't write as consistently due to my sweaty palms. I have trouble giving hand shakes. In tennis i have problems gripping my racket since my hands sweated so much. When I swung at the ball, I lost the grip of my racket and it dropped to the floor. It was embarrassing :/ .

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October 3, 20080 found this helpful

Hi! I have a problem with my twins, their hands & feet are sweating excessively. I'm afraid it will get worse when they grow up they are only 5 months old now, please. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks.

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October 15, 20080 found this helpful

I have the same problem. I'm almost 30 now and have dealt with it my whole life. I used to get really down about it. It's all I thought about for a long time. But I've started to come to a better place with it, and I think once you realize it is a part of you that is not going to change. It makes it a little easier. From what I understand it is some kind of anxiety disorder, and although it is so hard to try and not think about it. I swear its the only thing that seems to work. I know when I dwelling on it, just makes it happen much more.

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November 7, 20080 found this helpful

Same here! I've had this for a long time. I always have to wipe my sandals thoroughly with a damp cloth after wearing them. WHILE wearing them, when the sweat dries up under my feet, it can get real itchy too. Even as I'm sitting here typing this, I have a handkerchief over the mouse so that my sweaty hands don't dirty or leave marks on it, and a house mat under my feet - without it the floor starts to feel sort of dusty from the dried sweat.

It can be really embarrassing during PE when the warm ups aren't even over yet, and you're already drenched in sweat. One weird thing though, they say that excessive sweating = hyperhidrosis, runs in the family, but throughout my whole family, even my extended one, NO ONE has excessive sweating. Huh?

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November 25, 20080 found this helpful

Hi I have googled it and the best 2 products to try are drysol and driclor. This is annoying, and hearing these statements from people are like hearing myself speak. I hate this sweaty palm thing allot.

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March 7, 20090 found this helpful

The only way to cure the overactive sweat gland is through surgery. No chemicals worked for me. After nearly crashing my car and slipping off work out equipments at the gym, I had enough. I couldn't do anything without carrying a roll of paper towels or a hand towel. I was frustrated because I couldn't type continuously without stopping and my keyboard was filthy dirty. Interviews were the worse. Summers were unbearable. Anyways, after doing careful research I found a doctor who has performed thousands of surgery on people who suffer from hyperhidrosis. Before the surgery, I spoke to several of his patience and they were so happy, that they said that if they had to do it again, they would. They were right! It's hereditary, so it's passed down in the family. My operation was performed in 2002 and my cousin in 2008. The doctor has been on several talk shows and magazines. It may not be for every one, but it wouldn't hurt to consult with the doctor to determine what your best options are. Go to website below.

Good luck! http://www.sweaty-palms.com/

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September 1, 20090 found this helpful

Try acupuncture. I was going weekly (I forget if I was getting Chinese Herbs as well) but the sweaty palms improved greatly over time. When I stopped getting acupuncture a few weeks went by and they started getting bad again. Now I'm in school to become an acupuncturist and I have to touch my classmates all the time :-/ I'm running back to the clinic to try and get rid of this problem; its awful. My boyfriend is great; when we got together and I warned him he said "whatever, its just salt and water!" He says ew sometimes, but joking, he's a great guy and doesn't care about that stupid stuff. Its embarressing with people who have never heard of this sort of thing tho.

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December 15, 20090 found this helpful

I also have hyperhidrosis. I've lived with it all of my life. I've had the ETS surgery twice, first time was unsuccessful and the second time only corrected my left hand (right hand still sweats). I now have uncontrollable compensatory sweating (sweating of the back, torso, thighs, and butt.) The compensatory sweating is sometimes more embarrassing than the sweaty hands, especially if you live in a hot climate, as I do. There are many websites you can check this out at to get more informed. Hope this helps someone. Hyperhidrosis is a very embarrassing thing to live with. People don't understand unless they have it and deal with all that comes along with it.

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November 11, 20110 found this helpful

I sweat very badly through my palms and feet. I swear this problem is so embarrassing and I have been going through this since childhood, and feel really bad about it. My friends make fun of me all the time. Whenever I go to socialize with people I think of this problem and wouldn't dare to even shake hands with them. I am scared to try new things and even touch some stuff. Please help me out.

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January 7, 20130 found this helpful

I also have this problem, I've had it ever since I was really young, I'm 15 now. It's so embarrassing and people make fun of me for it. I asked my doctor and she said the only way she knows is surgery, or botox. I'm scared that neither of those will work. I hate it though! I always am wiping my hands off, and I cant even shake someones hand! I also can't wear sandals... I hate it!

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March 25, 20130 found this helpful

I suggest to use drysol or milcu powder. I used that for a months and it is very effective.

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