A possible SOLUTION for sweaty hands
I recently made a trip to the pharmacy and found a dab-on aluminium chloride solution intended to reduce sweating. I tried it for the first time last night, and it most certainly did—in fact, almost too much. It hurt to stretch my fingers this morning. Dry as bone. A few hours later, they're moist as always, but noticeably less so.
I guess it works. Just gotta be carful not tl put it on my hands when they're wet, because then I'll get horrible chemical burns.
Remember that when aluminum chloride reacts with water, it forms aluminum hydroxide and hydrochloric acid. I don't know if it's such a good idea to apply that to your hands immediately before touching your violin, even if they're "dry" already. On the other hand, you're buying a solution so the hydrolysis has already taken place and the solution may be buffered somehow. I would have to read the ingredients list to speculate on that. The soluble forms of aluminum that seem most likely to be acting here are prevalent in aqueous solution only below neutral pH. I've linked a speciation diagram below. The most likely actor seems to be [Al(OH)
No experience here with dab-on aluminium chloride; but, from the side effects you described -- skin-drying, chemical burns on wet hands -- I'd stay away from such remedies.
Maybe a sparing amount of weight-lifting chalk? I don't think my hands have ever been too warm, so I have the opposite problem.
My problem isn't temperature or physiology. It's just hyperactive sweat glands. I can be freezing cold and still have soaked hands and feet. This stuff is really nasty, but nothing else works.
I'd expect that mixture to be quite acidic, so you want to make sure it's not on your skin when you handle your instrument. And don't get it in your eyes, that would really sting.
Do your home work and talk to a physician, Aluminum has the ability to produce neurotoxicity, which can have severe life consequences in the long term.
Now, I would definately not recommend it. You can get oversensitive to aluminium cloride and given the side effeects you described, you are very likely to do so.
Although I do not know about the long-term effects of aluminum compounds, they are irritants and what Maria has written does indeed seem like quite a likely outcome. The issue of neurotoxicity is not to be minimized, necessarily, but here is a credible source that may allay some of those concerns:
There's actually a really good solution, one which I had done. It's a microwave therapy that is used to treat people with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). I wasn't diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, but when I was 12 my teacher felt that it would give me more confidence in competitions if I could trust that my hands wouldn't sweat. He found a clinic that would perform the procedure so I had it done. It's a permanent fix where they use microwaves to permanently destroy the sweat glands. It's been 15 years since I had the treatment and my hands have literally not sweated since.
That's fascinating, but also sounds dangerous. Microwaves are not nice to flesh (nerve damage?). I'll look that up.
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