How To Get Rid Of Sweaty Hands

Are you embarrassed to shake hands with friends and strangers?

Are they slimy and wet in summer and winter?

Do you leave smudge marks on your keyboards and wet marks on documents?

I know it is embarrassing and even debilitating to deal with palms that refuse to dry. You must have asked yourself a million times as did I how to get rid of sweaty hands?

You are not alone my friend; it is estimated that almost 5% of the entire population suffer from sweaty palms which are medically known as Hyperhidrosis. The inability to shake hands, or even hold a sweetheart’s hands has devoured careers and relationships devastating an individual monetarily, socially and emotionally.

Hyperhidrosis is related to the sympathetic nerve which controls our fight or flight response. And that is the reason that our hands turn clammy when we are anxious or nervous.

After struggling for several years in silence and losing dear friends on the way, I finally took the matter into my hands (literally). Today, I can confidently tell you that you don’t have to carry the cross of sweaty palms forever; listed below are methods that will provide the solution to your query on how to get rid of sweaty hands.​

Remedies for Sweaty Palms

  • Home remedies
  • Over the counter treatment
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medical intervention.

1. Home Remedies

You can start treating yourself with these simple techniques and ingredients available at home.

  • Talcum powder: Powder absorbs the sweat. Hence, you can use either talcum powder or cornstarch and even baking soda to relieve your distress.
  • Avoid Lotions: Body lotions, oils and petroleum jelly are a strict “No-No.” These substances lock moisture and therefore if applied will leave your hands greasy and worse than before.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak your palms in this liquid to find relief. You can also dab it periodically to keep your hands dry. You can also try a variation like the Rosewater Vinegar to help deal with the problem.
  • Tomato Juice: Drinking tomato juice is beneficial for sweaty palms. It keeps the body temperature cool. Every day drink a tall glass of freshly prepared juice for a week. The next week onwards drink on alternate days. I loved the juice so much that I had to hold my hands (no fear of splintering glass from slippery hands now) from reaching out to the juice each morning.
  • Eat zinc-rich food: Zinc is an essential mineral whose deficiency can lead to excessive sweating. Enrich your diet with foods containing zinc because it also fights body odor. Peanuts, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, sesame and veal liver are good sources of zinc.
  • Avoid Foods That Trigger Sweating: Yes, there are some items like onions, peppers, garlic that activate your sweat glands and lead to sweating. Even drinks like coffee (I know can’t imagine life without the cuppa Joe!!!) and alcohol contribute to excess sweating. So just avoid them (since I would rather die than give up coffee, I have minimized the frequency and the quantity I take each day.)
  • Hanky At Hand: Always keep a cotton handkerchief with you to wipe away the sweat.
  • Soak Hands In Sage Tea: Tea has astringent properties meaning it can shrink the pores in the skin; therefore it is beneficial to reduce sweating. Sage tea is known to benefit the human body in more ways than just getting rid of sweaty hands. You can drink a cup of tea every day as well as soak your hands in a concoction made of sage and water for about 30 minutes before going to bed daily.

2. Over the Counter Treatment

You can adopt a regimen where you can alternate between the home remedies and over the counter products for better results. When I stayed home watching TV, I followed the home remedies, but when I had to step out I chose the over the counter products.

Use Antiperspirant: One of the easiest ways to counter sweaty palms is to use an antiperspirant. It does the same job here as it does under your armpits. You can choose from two variants:

  • Containing Aluminium Zirconium: Choose clinical strength Antiperspirant containing this ingredient is very effective. Since you are choosing for the hands go for unscented version.
  • Containing Aluminum Chloride Hexahydrate: Choose prescription strength variety.

Use Boric Acid: Purchase some boric acid from any pharmacy and use it to drive away from both pesky pests and peskier sweat from your hands. Dust some boric powder into a pair of gloves and wear it for two days continuously. On the 3rd day remove it and wash your hands with soap and water and dry them. Clinically it has been proven to be effective. You can also use alum powder in the same fashion for similar results.

3. Lifestyle changes

Wear Comfortable Clothes: Yes what you wear will affect your hands. Sweating is a temperature regulation mechanism adopted by the body. Therefore when you wear clothes that are stuffy, tight and make you feel warm, your problem aggravates. Even though it is a minor issue, it’s in your hands to change it.

Bid Stress Bye Bye: Emotions play a large part in keeping your hands clammy and wet. I remember my first interview, where my hanky was soaked with sweat; I was nervous as hell. But now, years after having included yoga, meditation and breathing techniques I have learned to control stress, anxiety and of course sweaty palms.

Therefore adopt a lifestyle that will calm you down and not trigger anxiety. Make it a point to do mindful breathing each day to control your nervous system.​

Avoid Gloves: Unless it is really cold and you need to wear them for golf, avoid them. They will leave your palms wetter than before.

4. Medical Intervention

Sometimes when everything else fails, you need to consult a physician and seek more serious means of treatment.

Iontopheresis: This is a very common procedure to treat sweaty hands. An electric current is passed through a block of water in which you must submerge your hands. This current blocks the sweat the glands in the palms and reduces sweating.

Take an oral medication: A group of oral medicines called anticholinergics is used by doctors to treat excessive sweating in the hands. These medicines prevent the formation of sweat all together and thus are helpful. If you are an outdoor person, it is not advisable to stop sweat creation. These medicines cause dry mouth and other side effects.

Botox injections: Even I thought Botox was used only for smoothening wrinkles and for Kylie Jenner’s kind of Pout. When Botox is injected into the palms, it blocks the nerve that produces sweat. These injections are believed to be painful; I have not tried them thankfully.

Sympathectomy: This is a surgical procedure where a nerve is surgically removed from inside the chest. This permanently stops the nerve signal that controls sweating. This must be a last resort solution because your body will produce excessive sweat somewhere else if one outlet is blocked. Please do complete research and consult a doctor before you go under the knife; trust me it is not worth it!

The How To Do It Section

Now that we know what to do, let’s learn how to do them in the most beneficial way.​

1. How To Apply Talcum Powder

  • Wash your hands: First and foremost wash your hands with soap and water and dry them with a towel.
  • Dry them: Now cool your hands by keeping them in front of fan or an air conditioner.
  • Apply powder: Sprinkle baby powder or cornstarch or baking soda lightly on your palms and dust of the excess with a tissue. Remember too much powder will cake up and become an irritant by itself.

2. How To Make Apply Cider Vinegar Solution

Hand soak

  • Take 1 liter of tap water and pour in a basin.
  • Add ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and stir well.
  • Soak your palms for 15-20 minutes


  • Take a glass of warm water
  • Add two heaped teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar
  • Stir thoroughly and have on empty stomach early in the morning.


  • You can also rub your palms with ACV to curb sweating.

3. How To Make Tomato Juice


  • Take a small basin and pour tomato juice in it.
  • Soak your palms for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wash if off with soap and water and towel dry your palms.
  • Repeat this process once in a day.


  • Drink 1-2 glasses of fresh tomato juice every morning for one week.
  • The second week onwards drink on alternate days

4. How to make sage tea

  • Boil a pot of water and add 4-5 fresh sage leaves to it. Alternatively add 2- 3 tea bags.
  • Let the leaves steep for 15-20 minutes.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Soak your hands in this concoction for 20 minutes every day before bed time.

5. How To Apply Antiperspirant

To attain maximum benefits from antiperspirant, follow the below method which I have tried with amazing results.

  • Always apply the antiperspirant at night before bedtime.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water and towel dry them. Make sure the palms are completely dry.
  • Do not cover the hands with gloves or any other cloth.

6. How To Do Iontopheresis

This medical procedure is painless and you will experience only a mild tingling. You can buy an Ionotopheresis kit on Amazon. But first talk to your doctor and do the first session in a doctor’s clinic.

DO NOT opt for this remedy if you have the following conditions:

  • Pacemakers
  • Pregnancy
  • Metal Orthopedic Implants
  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Skin Disease or Rash.

If you have cuts: apply petroleum jelly before procedure.


  1. Take two basins and fill them with just enough water to cover the palms.
  2. Your healthcare provider will turn on the machine and current will start flowing into the basis.
  3. You will feel a tingling sensation on your skin.
  4. You can control the current. Choose one voltage which is convenient for you.
  5. The session should be for 10-12 minutes only. You can try 20 minutes once you are comfortable.
  6. You can choose between pulse current and direct current. Though studies suggest direct current is more effective.
  7. For better results you can add salt or baking soda which will improve the conductivity.

7. How To Take Botox Injections

Though Botox has been proven advantageous in the treatment of sweaty palms it comes with the associated risks. These injections last for six months but are painful. You must ice them down.


  1. Select a doctor with experience and who knows what he or she is doing
  2. Clarify all your doubts
  3. Stop taking blood thinners like
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen, either generic or Advil, Aleve, or Motrin
  • Exedrin
  • St. John's Wart
  • Vitamin E
  • Fish oil or Omega-3s
  • Ginko Bilboa


  • Avoid strenuous exercise
  • Do not text.
  • Do not take blood thinners till your doctor advises you to resume them.


  1. Starch in sprayed on the hands to identify the sweaty spots.​
  2. Anesthesia is given in the wrist before Botox is injected into the problem area.

Do follow the doctor’s advice on how to take care of the hands immediately after the injections to prevent any permanent damage.


Regain your self-confidence and be ready to face the world like I did. It was a trying time no doubt, and it tested my patience, but I didn’t give up and that paid off. No more clammy palms, smudged papers, awkward handshakes for me. If you are here, I empathize with you. Hopefully, the tutorial has lightened the burden you had been carrying around.

So, are you ready to put what you learned here to practice? Have you found answers to all your questions on how to get rid of sweaty hands? Please feel free to leave a comment in the box below. You can share your success stories too.​

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