The Sweaty Truth

is it normal to sweat so much?

Sweating is the body’s way of cooling off when the body temperature rises from an intense workout or consuming spicy foods. However, excessive sweating can be quite troublesome sometimes as it might put you in a ‘sticky’ situation. For example, when you try to go for a handshake.

WHY DO I HAVE SWEATY PALMS?

As a person with sweaty palms, you’ll feel like you’re leaving traces of yourself behind everywhere as everything instantly becomes wet from your touch. Hyperhidrosis, the scientific term for excessive sweating, is neither caused by exercising or the hot weather. It is because the nerves that send signals to the sweat glands become overactive even under normal conditions. It tends to get worse when you feel anxious and stressed.

Sweaty palms are usually not a big issue and it can be hereditary. Nonetheless, it may also be indicative of an underlying health condition such as:

  • Diabetes 
  • Menopause 
  • Heart attack 
  • Nervous system disorders 
  • Infections 
  • Thyroid issues 
  • Low blood sugar

If you notice that you are sweating even more than you usually do and it’s affecting your day-to-day life, it is best to seek medical care.

BEWARE OF THE ZAP

Sweat is mainly composed of water and electrolytes like sodium, potassium and chloride which makes it an excellent conductor of electricity. People with sweaty hands, especially tech workers should be extra careful while handling electronics or reaching for an outlet. Although it does not usually result in fatal consequences, getting electrocuted can still cause some serious damage on your nerves and interrupt with your work performance.

Source: Mayoclinic, NT WorkSafe

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