Sweating is the body’s natural way to keep cool. When your body begins to overheat, like during exercise, when you’re outside in hot weather, or even when you’re in a stressful situation like right before an exam or before asking someone out on a date, sweat is released from the pores of your skin. Your body loses heat as the sweat evaporates into the air. This way, sweating is like the body’s own
chill out system.
SWEATING IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOUR BODY HAS BETWEEN
Glands to help
it do the job
There are two types of sweat glands:
Eccrine sweat glands and Apocrine sweat glands
The eccrine glands, which are associated with excessive sweating, cover most of the body and are concentrated on the palms, the forehead, the soles of the feet and in the armpits.
Apocrine glands, which are associated with body odor, are located in areas where there is a high concentration of hair follicles, such as the scalp, the genital region and the armpits.
Your brain tells your body when to produce sweat, either to keep you cool in warm temps or as a reaction to emotions like fear or anxiety. Once you’ve cooled down, you no longer sweat. But if you have hyperhidrosis, your body keeps on sweating …
,no matter how chill you feel inside or out.
What about Body Odor (B.O)?
Body odor happens when the sweat produced by the apocrine glands interacts with the bacteria on our skin. This kind of sweat is produced to decrease skin friction in areas of the body such as the armpits. When there’s lots of this kind of sweat for bacteria to feed on, it can cause some mighty foul body odor.
Not everyone with excessive sweating necessarily has strong B.O., and not everyone with body odor suffers from excessive sweating. They are two separate conditions, but both can be treated.
So now that you’ve got the 411 on excessive sweating, check out what you can do about it.