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General Description

This problem can be very embarrassing if you have to shake hands in a social or business situation.

Causes

Excessive iodine may be the cause of excessive perspiration. Try reducing your intake.  Iodine is found in kelp (the highest concentration of iodine known) and iodine-rich foods, such as beef liver, turkey, asparagus, white onions and broccoli.

Remedies

Folk

Antiperspirants It works for your underarms and it will work for your palms! Try this out in private first - you may not like the feel or the smell!

Astringents Witch hazel or alcohol wipes help shrink pores and reduce sweating. Try rubbing medical alcohol wipes over your palms moments before you have to greet somebody.

Sage A tincture of sage is good for reducing perspiration. To make the tincture, combine 1/2 cup of powdered sage leaves with 1 1/4 cups of vodka or vermouth in a well-sealed bottle; let stand for two weeks, shaking twice daily; strain and store in another bottle. Take 25 drops 3-4 times daily, or as needed. Drink a cup of sage tea daily to reduce perspiration, too.

Tea bags Hold a wet tea bag in your palm for 10 to 15 minutes each day. You may need to use this technique for one to three weeks before a major event. The tannin in tea (regular - not herbal) is an astringent and its ability to shrink pores may decrease the perspiration.

Zinc Taking zinc tablets has successfully reduced perspiration and body odor. However, don't take more than 15 mg daily for more than a week or two without medical supervision, as zinc may interfere with the absorption of copper, another trace element.

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