Sweaty Palms

What Causes Sweaty Palms?

Sweaty palms can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose sweaty palms, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "sweaty palms" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Excess Sweating
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low Estrogens
  • High Histamine
  • Kidney Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Stress
  • High Female Testosterone

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
occasional nightmares
carbohydrate craving during cycle
poor tolerance of heat
recently going through divorce
non-specific arm pain
reduced mental clarity
muscle pains in family members
being a "night person"
hot flashes between period
frequent night terrors
slight eyelid twitch
sleeping less than necessary
... and more than 150 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of sweaty palms:
Cause Probability Status
Excess Sweating 95% Confirm
High Histamine 30% Unlikely
Low Estrogens 12% Unlikely
Kidney Disease 0% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% Ruled out
High Female Testosterone 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Minor Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about sweaty palms:
Do the palms of your hands sweat excessively?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Slight problem for less than 1 year
→ Slight problem for more than 1 year
→ Major problem for less than 1 year
→ Major problem for more than 1 year
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate sweaty palms, chronic sweaty palms, severe sweaty palms or chronic severe sweaty palms, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Excessive Sweating

Excessive Sweating also suggests the following possibilities:

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