Why do hands and feet sweat

sweating hands and feet

Are you the one facing the problem of sweaty hands and feet? Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one. There are millions of people across the globe who suffers from the same problem. Also, feel relaxed because it’s not due to a health problem as such. It happens due to a medical condition called hyperhidrosis that can make your body parts like palm, feet, armpit and others to sweat out of proportion. There might be one of the following reasons that make you sweat more on your palm and feet.

Emotional strain and Anxiety

While you work hard, you sweat more on your face and mostly upper part of your body. However, your palms sweat more under an emotional strain, under stress or in anxiety provoking situation. This is due to the reason that a lot of sweat glands are controlled by hormones instead of nerves and most of these kinds of sweat glands are on the hands and feet. However, it is worth noticing that sweat from the different parts of your body is produced in different ways. Like on a humid day or when you work hard and feel hot, your body communicates these things to mind which in return sends message to the nerves to sweat glands to increase the work to cool your body.

More sweat glands on your hands and feet

Another reason for your palm and feet to sweat more is the fact that hands and feet have more sweat glands than any other part of your body. The figures can go as high as three thousand sweat glands per square inch on your palm and the soles of your feet. So, it’s likely that your hands and feet perspire more when you are nervous, meeting people, in an interview or while people touch your hands or feet as if it’s a signal for them to start sweating.

Adrenalin hormone

It might be due to the adrenal hormone which is mostly responsible in activating the sweat glands if you are frightened. This will automatically increase your heartbeat to make you more agile for the reason that your body is producing more adrenaline which is responsible of controlling your body’s functions like metabolism and heart rate. As we already discussed that hands and feet have more glands that are controlled by hormones, these are the one that respond to sudden increase in adrenalin.

 What to do

Hyperhidrosis can be controlled, to some extent, with simple methods like keeping your skin clean and as dry as possible, use anxiety reducing methods including meditation, yoga and exercise and some dietary modification like avoiding caffeine and alcohol might help. It you still face the same problem; you can always consult primary care doctor.