By Karin from FL
There is a treatment that helps with sweaty hands & feet. My son (now 15) suffers from hyperhidrosis & has since a baby, just not diagnosed until around age 10. Some insurance companies consider it experimental, but will consider paying for it after trying clinical strength antiperspirant, then Drysol (Rx). It's called "iontophoresis". The dermatologist & rheumatologist both recommended this as the next step but neither could tell me how to get the treatment. I searched for several months & finally found a connection to it with physical therapists. Apparently they use it for arthritis, etc. I checked with a local PT & she agreed to help us.
There are 2 different types of iontophoresis treatments, one using patches with a solution & the other uses tap water...submerge your hands/feet in the water & it runs electrical currents, using the minerals in the water to control the sweating. We tried the patches with the PT, 3x's a week & gradually reduced to 1x per week. The only problem w/ the patch is it only worked where the patch was. Since this is a lifetime treatment (just reduces amount of treatments needed), we eventually purchased the water machine to use at home. It covers the entire areas & has worked great (when we actually get my son to sit long enough to do the treatment...lol). I really hope this information will help others with this horrible problem!
If you feel this is a problem I would take my child to the doctor, either a pediatrician or a dermatologist. In the mean time try using an antiperspirant. one that doesn't have a deodorant. One brand name would be Certin-Dri. I don't think there is a deodorant in that. Ask the pharmacist they will gladly give you free advice.
I have this sweaty palm problem and its so embarrassing. Whenever we have to practice this dance at my school the boys say my hands are sweaty and I get embarrassed. So please help me, I'm in desperate need of help. Even if you know what causes sweaty palms that would help a lot, also. And if you know any ways I could fix this with household items then that would be great.
This is something you are born with, hyperhydrosis is what it is called. The anticipation of hand contact makes it even worse, as you probably already know. Locate a doctor specializing in this and make an appointment. There is surgery available. I think it is live with it or do something about it.
Good luck. (04/23/2005)
If the doctor just looks at you as if you are crazy when you ask for Robinul be prepared with research on this drug printed out with you. Robinul has been prescribed for this problem for about forty years. The only side affect that I suffer from taking it is if I take too many at once, my sweaty hands go away, but I sometimes get a little dry mouth. If that's worth it to you I would encourage you to try it. (p.s. I wish that I had had this medication in high school, it might have made it a little more bearable for me) Good luck. (06/13/2007)
I'm 15 and my best friend and I have a problem. Our hands sweat a lot, she just got a boyfriend, who always comments on it and thinks it's gross. With me, when people always want high fives or want to shake hands I always don't know what to do. I don't want them to judge me.
It's gotten so bad, that I always wear sweaters to cover my hands and I get really emotional when people touch my hands. Like I said I'm only 15, so I can't afford expensive things like surgery. Please help.
I have heard of using vinegar to soak for sweaty feet. It may also work for hands. (half a cup of vinegar mixed with a quart of warm water, soak your hands ~15-20 minutes) The tea would sure smell better though.
There are a few more ideas on this page including using antiperspirant on your palms. If you try this use it daily for at least 2 weeks before you stop. associatedcontent.com
Or check this previous thread here at ThriftyFun: thriftyfun.com. Good luck to you. (02/08/2010)
In the meantime, you could get in the habit of knowing when to expect hand contact and just think a moment or two ahead and quickly wipe your palm across your shirt or pants somewhere. You can do it discretely without anyone knowing that's what you're doing. (02/13/2010)
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