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10 Things you did not know about sweating

Posted on 28 July, 2021

We have 2 types of sweat glands in our bodies - apocrine and eccrine. The eccrine glands produce the watery sweat that causes the wet patches, whilst the apocrine produce a thicker type of sweat. The apocrine glands are responsible for the bad smell - the sweat is odourless when it is produced but it reacts with bacteria on the skin and creates a bad smell. Eccrine glands are found all over the body, whilst apocrine glands are found in areas abundant in hair such as the groins and armpits. Women have more sweat glands than men, but men produce larger quantities of sweat (the reason that men usually require more sweating treatment than women.) Your sweat is like your fingerprint. Its composition is completely unique to you and stay the same through your entire life whether you are sweating a little or a lot. The medical term for excessive sweating is ‘hyperhidrosis’ - hyper meaning ‘excess’ or ‘more than normal’ & hidrosis meaning ‘sweating’ Sweating does NOT make you lose weight. If you go to saunas and steam rooms to lose weight - you are wasting your time, nothing in life is that easy! We can measure your experience of sweating using a recognised tool called the Hyperhidrosis Disease Severity Scale or HDSS. This is a medical questionnaire used to gauge the severity of sweating in people who suffer with excessive sweating. People who are fit often produce more sweat. Their bodies are charged and ready to manage the potential for over heating that occurs when you train. The sweat glands have a role in wound healing. They provide cells needed for healing of scrapes, burns and ulcers. We sweat less as we get older. If your menopausal and struggling with night sweats and hot flushes you may disagree - but it is fact!