What do wet palms mean
All people sweat. This is a natural physiological process. But some sweating too much. It may cover the whole body or affect a particular zone. For example, palm. This causes severe discomfort and can lead to psychological problems. So why do palms get wet? What does such a symptom mean?
4 simple causes of sweating
Perspiration in the human body performs the function of a thermostat. If the body temperature rises, an alarm signal is sent to the brain. The thermoregulation center (it is located in the brain) immediately starts the “cooling system”. Manifesting such a mechanism in the form of increased sweating. Body temperature decreases.
To cause increased sweating (doctors call this pathology hyperhidrosis) can be completely banal reasons.
The palms often become wet in people who prefer hot, spicy spices and caffeine. Such products stimulate the production of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. And he activates the functioning of the sweat glands. In addition, the neurotransmitter can increase the concentration of stress hormones in the body. This condition will increase the hyperhidrosis of the palms.
Strong experiences (public speaking, exams, interviews) can significantly increase perspiration. As a rule, anxiety is not only accompanied by hyperhidrosis of the hands. A person can feel an intense heartbeat, feel a tremor in the limbs. This is a natural reaction to stress.
Feelings can trigger hand sweats.
The body increases the production of cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones help to cope with stress. But at the same time they cause an increase in body temperature. The brain immediately starts the “cooling system”.
Under chronic stress, the sweat glands work all the time in a heightened mode. In this case, the person complains of constantly wet palms.
Physical activity and heat
In these situations, the mechanism of thermoregulation works. Active sports, excessive heat in the street, visiting the sauna lead to an increase in temperature. With the help of sweat, the body tries to normalize the state of the body.
Deficiency of nutrients
Sometimes the causes of the problem need to be sought in a lack of vitamins and minerals. Carefully analyze your diet. Palms are very actively sweating against the background of a lack of iron and magnesium.
If you notice wet palms in a child, be sure to show the crumbs to the doctor. Most often, this symptom indicates a lack of vitamin D in the body. A deficiency of this substance can lead to serious consequences. Sometimes the sweating of the palms speaks of thyroid disease, heart failure or drug abuse.
Why wet palms: 6 common pathologies
The basis of increased sweating may be the disease. Doctors know many pathologies that can trigger hyperhidrosis. The most common sources of a problem are the following violations.
During physical exertion in the heat sweats the whole body
High sweating can cause malfunction of the sweat glands, in which the latter begin to work in a heightened mode. Such a process can be total. In this case, excessive sweating covers the whole body. Sometimes the high functionality of the glands is noted only in some areas, such as the palms. The reasons leading to such violations have not been reliably established.
Doctors believe that excessive activity of the sympathetic nervous system is to blame for hyperhidrosis.
The sympathetic system controls the release of adrenaline, heart rate, controls vasoconstriction. And all these factors can lead to increased sweating.
Increased sweating is characteristic of people suffering from various personality disorders, phobias. Sometimes a similar symptom can signal a prolonged depression.
As a rule, for mental disorders, sweating of the hands is accompanied by many additional symptoms. Among them:
sudden dry mouth before speaking;
attacks of palpitations;
dependence on alcohol or sedative drugs;
increased urge to urinate in crowded places (typical of social phobia);
the appearance of shortness of breath, dizziness;
the occurrence of nausea.
Sometimes the causes of wet palms are found in endocrine pathologies. Most often, an unpleasant problem is observed in hyperthyroidism (excessive activity of the thyroid gland), diabetes mellitus, acromegaly, and diseases of the reproductive system in women caused by hormonal disruptions.
Outbreaks of sweating can occur in women during pregnancy, during menopause. A similar problem occurs in boys and girls during adolescence.
Infectious viral diseases
Various colds, flu, and ARVI can lead to intense sweating. Such pathologies are usually accompanied by fever. And this leads to hyperhidrosis.