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Why are my palms and feet sweaty?

Asked by raum (8571points) May 25th, 2019 from iPhone

I took a really hot bath last night with Epsom salts. I think it also had menthol and eucalyptus.

Afterwards the palms of my hands and soles of my feet were sweaty.

I figured maybe the super hot bath threw my body temperature off. I tend to regulate my body temperature with my hands and feet. For example, I often wash my hands and feet on hot days to stay cool.

So my body temperature has more or less returned to normal this morning. The palms of my hands are unusually warm but not sweaty. But the soles of my feet are still sweaty.

What’s up with that?

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raum's avatar


I do have a ton of allergies. But none to magnesium that I know of. Though not sure when I’d ever have enough exposure to know one way or another.

For what it’s worth, I did ask two pharmacists before using the epsom salt bath.

Inspired_2write's avatar

@raum Also online about Eucalyptus that causes allergies and or symptoms also that should not be used with other medications as it causes reactions.

michellerenaud's avatar

Actually, I don’t know why it’s happening with you. If you are constantly plagued by sweaty palms and feet or armpits, you can take the following steps:

1. Apply antiperspirants on your palms and feet before going to bed.
2. Avoid caffeine and spicy foods which may trigger the sympathetic nervous system.
3. Shower daily, but avoid saunas and hot showers to prevent body temperatures from rising too rapidly.
4. Go barefoot to air your feet.
5. Use relaxation techniques such as meditation and deep breathing to control the stress that can trigger sweaty palms.


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