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):
  • Stress
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • High Histamine
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lymphatic Congestion

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:
not feeling injuries
difficulty losing weight
regular postprandial somnolence
past heroin/morphine use
gradual decline in speaking ability
very strong appetite
recent death of a loved one
dark areas under eyes
moderately tight muscles
short-term memory failure
much reduced sense of smell
history of leg/foot cramping
... and more than 170 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
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 99% Confirm
Kidney Disease 25% Unlikely
Chronic Fatigue-Fibromyalgia 13% Unlikely
Stress 5% Ruled out
Hyperthyroidism 2% Ruled out
Lymphatic Congestion 2% Ruled out
High Histamine 2% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 1% 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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