Sweating 101: Get The Basics On Sweating

By Ed Drain

Sweating is the production and then evaporation of fluid, mostly water, that is made by the sweat glands in out skin. Sweat also contains a few other chemical compounds as well.

Everybody sweats, it is the bodies natural way of cooling itself off when it gets hot. When the body overheats it causes the sweat glands to become active and then we sweat. The sweat, in turn, evaporates off of the skin and creates a cooling effect.

Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to the evaporation of water. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual's muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced. Sweating is increased by nervousness and nausea and decreased by cold.

Hyperhidrosis is characterized by abnormally increased perspiration and sweating. The sweating is n exc


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ess of what is needed for regulation of bodily temperature.

Hyperhidrosis can either be all over your body or located to specific parts of the body. Hands, feet, arm pits and the groin are among the most active regions of hyperhidrosis due to the high number of sweat glands in those areas.You can have it anywhere on your body though. Hyperhidrosis is found to start during adolescence or sometimes before, and it seems to be inherited as a genetic trait.

Hyperhidrosis is estimated at around 1% of the population, and it affects men and women equally. Most patients usually disregard their excessive sweating and it never occurs to them that they could have a condition.

Deodorants are applied to the body and most frequently the armpits to reduce the body odor. This body odor is caused by the bacterial breakdown of perspiration. Deodorants can also be used on feet and other areas in the form of body sprays, sticks and bars.

The ordinary deodorant produces a nice fragrance to hide the odor from the bacteria breaking down your sweat. Deodorants do not stop you from sweating. With sweat can come body odor. When you do start smelling, deodorant will mask the smell but it will not get rid of the sweat itself. You will still end up with sweat blots under your arms and pit stains.

About the Author: Ed Drain is the principal at http://www.blocksweating.com. Excessive Sweating is a problem for people. Hyperhidrosis is the med term.

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