Every day, the human body perspires to maintain constant internal body
temperature. Perspiration is regulated by the Sympathetic Nervous System,
which controls about five million sweat glands in the body, with about
half of these being located in the hands. Sweating in the right hand is
controlled by branches of the right sympathetic chain that is located
within the right chest cavity. Sweating in the left hand is controlled
by branches of the left sympathetic chain that is located in the left
chest. Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes perspiration far
greater than the physiological needs of the body. The most common areas
where hyperhidrosis occurs are the hands, feet and face, primarily in
adolescents, and its cause is unknown. This site will focus on excessive
sweating of the hands, also known as Essential Palmar Hyperhidrosis.
Persons with palmar hyperhidrosis often seek treatment because the condition
almost always causes great distress, which may impair their quality of
life causing numerous psychological, educational, and occupational problems.
Palmar hyperhidrosis may not seem like a serious enough problem to warrant
surgery, but individuals who suffer from hyperhidrosis deal with everything
from minor issues such as smudged paper to major ones such as difficulty
holding pens, tools, buttons and social isolation. Perhaps the most distressing
result of palmar hyperhidrosis is the discomfort and embarrassment caused
by the simple act of shaking hands. In fact, many patients with palmar
hyperhidrosis will avoid social situations or pick a profession that requires
little interaction with others.