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Introduction to clammy hands

Having clamming hands is something that can be fairly embarrassing for people, especially when meeting new people and having to shake hands with them.

Having sweaty hands is a normal process, because sweating is the body’s way to cool itself off and lubricate the skin. However, when someone’s hands sweat excessively, they are then said to have clammy hands.

It is believed that 1 in every 200 people has this problem. It is not a harmful medical condition, but it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for people, especially when interacting socially.

Lack of self-esteem and confidence usually develops in people with this problem.


Clammy hands result from hyperactive nerves that send signals to the body’s sweat glands that are located in the skin.

The amount of sweat that is produced on the hands usually depends on the conditions in the atmosphere, whether it is got or cold.

People who have clammy hands will have issues with sweating in normal circumstances when it is not hot and they have not just exercised.

Some of the common causes of this condition include an enlargement of the bones in the hands called acromegaly, anxiety disorders, cancer, glucose control problems, cardiovascular diseases, menopause, strokes, tuberculosis, or reactions to medications.


Clammy hands are a tricky condition because people do not know how to treat them. The most expensive way, and probably the last resort, is to have a surgery done in which the sweat glands will be removed from the hands.

However, there are much more affordable and safer home remedies that can be used to help a person who is suffering from this condition.

It is a good idea to rub talcum powder for a few days on the palms in order to get rid of excessive sweat.

If a person does not have any talcum powder handy, it can be replaced with cornstarch, which is just as effective in getting rid of sweat that forms on the palms of the hands. Another good remedy is to soak the hands in tea for about 30 minutes. Also soaking them in tannic acid-filled tea is also good because this will dry out the hands significantly.

Another easy home remedy is applying antiperspirant on the hands and arms, because it reacts with the electrolytes present in sweat to form a gel that will plug the sweat ducts.

There are medications that can be taken like drysolade, but this needs to be taken only with a prescription from the doctor.

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