Sweaty palms could be inherited
- By: Jamie Wilson
The unfortunate affliction of a slimy handshake may be genetic and not--as previously thought--a sign of nervousness. American scientists from the University of California at Los Angeles found that people with sweaty plams have a 28% chance of passing their condition on to their children.1 Similarly, nearly two thirds of affected individuals identified a positive family history, while none of the “sweat free” controls could recall problems with their relatives.
Palmar hyperhydosis causes embarrassment both socially and at work: first impressions gleaned through a handshake are crucial in forming personal relationships. Symptoms often worsen in stressful situations or when anxious, and the condition has traditionally been regarded as “psychosomatic” by many medical professionals.
Dr Samuel Ahn said the study helps support the theory that hyperhydrosis is a real clinical disorder with a physiological basis--not one of behavioural origin.
Around 1% of the population were previously thought to be affected. Dr