Wet clammy hands are both annoying as well as embarrassing. Topical options such as OTC antiperspirants as well as oral medications are commonly used to alleviate excessive sweating in hands. But here are some natural cures for clammy hands.
Apply baking powder
Baking powder is known for its drying properties. Wash your hands with soap and pat dry. Then sprinkle some baking powder on your palms and let it stay on overnight. It will quickly soak up any excess moisture on your skin and keep it dry for several hours.
You can also dip your hands in a mildly concentrated baking soda solution for 5 to 10 minutes. Do not wash your hands, just pat dry with a paper towel. To enhance the drying powers of baking soda, mix it with cornstarch in equal proportion.
Dip in sage tea
Sage tea is known to reduce perspiration by preventing the sweat glands from producing excessive sweat. Boil one pint of water in a pan and add 3 to 4 sage teabags to it. Let the tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Now remove the teabags and add two quarts of water to the brewed tea. Dip your hands in this mixture for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with soap and warm water to remove any tea stains.
Alternatively, you can drink sage tea. One or two cups of this herbal tea should be sufficient.
Drink turnip juice
Turnip juice is a little known home remedy for sweaty palms, but those who tried, found it to be really effective in relieving symptoms of palmar hyperhidrosis. Extract the juice of two turnips by grating them with a cheese grater and then squeezing the grated flesh. Drink this juice once daily for a couple of weeks and you will start noticing an improvement in your sweating patterns. You can also apply turnip juice directly onto the palms of hands for 10 to 15 minutes daily.
The only drawback of these natural remedies is that they require time and patience to work. But in this era of technology, people have everything but time. They are always looking for procedures that give instant results. Over the counter antiperspirants, with aluminum chloride as an active ingredient are mostly used to curb sweating in part of the body, including palms of hands. But in the case of palmar hyperhidrosis, these OTC antiperspirants as well prescribed antiperspirants fail to deliver.
The most effective treatment for palmoplantar hyperhidrosis nowadays is Botox injections. Botox or botulinum toxin is injected directly into the skin using very fine needles, deep enough to reach the sweat glands. Botulinum toxin is popular not only for its ability to instantly relieve excessive sweating symptoms but also because it gives lasting results and that too without causing any serious side effects. The toxin is injected directly into the skin where it works by sticking itself to the nerve endings responsible for the transmission of chemical signals that activate sweat glands.