What are the best solutions to help an 8 year old with excessively sweaty hands?
By Karin from FL
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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 would take the child to their pediatrician.
Baby powder helps. I know someone that had an operation done for that problem.
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!
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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 tea to soak your hands or feet that sweat a lot. Read more here: peoplespharmacy.com
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)
Mix half and half of baking soda and corn starch. It works. I use it under my arms. I do not use anything else, good luck. (02/09/2010)
When I was your age I often had sweaty palms too, but what I found is that it was because I was nervous or unsure about myself or a situation (even when acting confident) and that when I quit worrying about it is when it stopped on it's own. Even at age fifty five it "sometimes" happens, but it's always when I am nervous or worried. Oftentimes when we make a big deal over something like that is what makes it worse so try not to think about it so much.
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)
My son had excessive perspiration and used a product called Drysol. It is not necessary in our area to have a prescription for it. Our local drug store carries it. Ask your pharmacist. You could Google this name, and go to their site, as I am sure that is how I found out about this product, over the internet. Then you would find out if it could be helpful for sweaty palms as well. (02/13/2010)
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.
I'm sorry to hear about your sweaty palms problem. It may be a medical condition called "hyperhidrosis" and if that's the case, you really need to see a doctor. My cousin had surgery for this and he had sweaty palms and feet (the bottom of his feet). I found some sites that tell about "hyperhidrosis". You may not have that at all, but it never hurts to check it out with a medical doctor. (04/22/2005)
Check this website out: sweaty-palms.com
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)
I use to have the same problem when I was younger, now I am 23 and I don't have sweaty palms anymore. I think it might have something to do with nerves, so try and relax and hopefully it will help. You can try putting baby powder on your hands also, I heard that is suppose to work. (04/23/2005)
Rub your palms with an antiperspirant/deodorant and see if that helps. I have heard that it works. (04/23/2005)
A company called Drionics has an effective and low cost way to solve this. (09/02/2006)
Robinul 1 mg 3 times a day is what I take for sweaty hands. You can get a surgery called a endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy ( I'm not sure if I spelled that correctly), but it costs about 10,000 dollars and I don't have the money for that.
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've dealt with cold sweaty hands for the past 20 years. The only sure-fire method I've found is using a prescription antiperspirant called Drysol. Once you get the prescription, it's very inexpensive and absolutely works. After using it for a few weeks your hands might get too dry. But honestly, I prefer overly dry to cold and clammy any day. Try it. It really helps. Good luck. (04/07/2008)
Hey, I just found something that works pretty well. I just dust a sprinkling of baby powder on my palms and it dries it right up. Some of my friends used to make fun of me for my sweaty hands. One would even make me feel horrible by refusing to touch my hands. Now they all think my hands are soft and smell powder fresh. I think they have mini bottles of baby powder at regular stores. (07/14/2008)
I have had sweaty palms since I was a teenager. I love to get my nails done, but I always dread going because I know I am going to sweat on the nail technician doing my nails. I try to over compensate by giving the tech a 40% tip because I feel bad for him/her to have to touch my sweaty hands. My doctor told me to buy over the counter Certain Dri and put it on before bed. After doing this consistently for a week I can tell a difference. I am not 100% sweat free, but I am a lot better than I was before I started using Certain Dri. (08/07/2008)
Sweaty palms often occur in moments of anxiety or stress, but if you're experiencing constant sweatiness then it could be a sign of an overactive thyroid. Responsible for how quickly the body burns energy, the thyroid can sometimes go into overdrive causing your metabolism to speed up.