Palmar Hyperhidrosis (sweaty hands) Symptoms and Treatment


Symptoms of Palmar Hyperhidrosis Palmar hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating of the hands. This is a physiologic condition caused by an overactive sympathetic nervous system. It occurs in about 1% of the population and may be hereditary. Hyperhidrosis can be very embarrassing and debilitating.

Surgery For Palmar Hyperhidrosis

Now, we can perform this operation on both the sides at the same time through a Key-hole approach with only 24hrs hospital stay and excellent improvement. This key-hole approach for Palmar Hyperhidrosis i.e. Thoracoscopic (VATS) Cervical Sympathectomy is now available to patients at Institute of Chest Surgery, Chest Onco-Surgery and Lung Transplantation at Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon (India).

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Symptoms of Palmar Hyperhidrosis

The patients have sweaty hands, often cold and may even be dripping with sweat. It has significant social and psychological impact, forcing the patients to hide their hands in their pockets or under their arms and avoid social contact. The students face serious problem in examinations as their copies get wet. There may be problems in the job also. Over all, it decreases the self-confidence of the patients, who are constantly under pressure how to hide this problem. When meeting clients, colleagues and other professionals, patients with Palmar hyperhidrosis face extraordinarily difficult task of how to make their hands dry. Often, the hand shake is avoided. When writing on paper, they need to keep a napkin underneath their hand to protect whatever they are writing on.

Treatment of Palmar Hyperhidrosis

There is no medical cure for this condition. Although, numerous medications are available in the market, they at best help only the mildest forms of the disease. Removal of controlling nerves (ganglion) in the neck can cure Palmer Hyperhidrosis immediately. It had not gained much popularity till recently because of the need for Thoracotomy to be able to do removal of ganglion (cervical sympathectomy).

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