My palms are drenched lately. Is some­thing scary hap­pen­ing?

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—Theresa Ex­ces­sive sweat­ing, known as hy­per­hidro­sis, usu­ally af­fects the palms, soles, and/or un­der­arms. When it crops up out of the blue, stress, anx­i­ety or anti de­pres­sants may be to blame.

To con­trol it, rub a top­i­cal anti per­spi­rant on your hands at night. No im­prove­ment? Ask your derm for ion­tophore­sis, a treat­ment that passes a safe, low dose of elec­tric­ity through the skin via wa­ter for 20 min­utes to mi­cro­scop­i­cally thicken the skin’s outer layer, stop­ping sweat. (If it helps, you can buy an at-home ma­chine.) Bo­tox in­jec­tions can block nerves that trig­ger sweat glands and acupunc­ture can halt ex­ces­sive per­spi­ra­tion caused by stress. Should those not work or if you’re sweaty all over, oral meds, such as gly­copy­rro­late, in­hibit chem­i­cal mes­sen­gers that trig­ger sweat­ing. Speak with your doctor to find the best so­lu­tion for you.

If the sweat­ing comes with other symp­toms, it could be due to thy­roid dis­ease (rapid heart rate, in­creased ap­petite), cancer (lym­phoma can cause weight loss) or menopause (ir­reg­u­lar pe­ri­ods, low li­bido). In those cases, see your doc.

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