Sweating is natural. Although it can be “gross” and uncomfortable, it’s a normal body function. Every person sweats a little differently, and some people sweat more than others. The amount a person sweats depends on genetics, gender, temperature, age, amount of exercise, weight, and fitness level.
The body has two types of sweat glands: eccrine glands and apocrine glands. There are thousands of eccrine glands in the body that regulate the body’s temperature. When the body’s temperature rises, the eccrine glands release sweat in response to stimulation from the nervous system. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits and groin. The apocrine glands produce sweat when stimulated by the body’s rising temperature, along with stress, anxiety, and hormones. Unlike eccrine glands, the apocrine glands produce bacteria that cause odor, which is why people use deodorant under their arms.
What is sweat? Sweat is a combination of water, sodium, and other bodily substances that help cool the body down. Sweating is normal, especially when exerting oneself or being in a high-temperature environment; however, if you feel you’re sweating excessively, it’s a good idea to get checked by a doctor. Excessive sweating isn’t normal, and it’s not easy (or fun) to live with. You could potentially have hyperhidrosis, a condition where the nerves are in overdrive and cause sweat to occur all day long.
Besides hyperhidrosis, there are other reasons why a person can sweat excessively, including pregnancy, diabetes, thyroid issues, perimenopause, anxiety, and medication. Whatever the reason, excessive sweating is inconvenient and not normal, and it should be evaluated by a doctor. You want to learn if you have a condition and how to properly manage it, so it does not get worse.
If you are diagnosed with hyperhidrosis, be assured that it is treatable. From antiperspirants to Botox injections, there are several treatments available to help you lead a comfortable, less sweaty, life again.
Ready to sweat less? Dr. Peter Mikhail is a hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon in New Port Richey, Florida. He will determine the best treatment plan for you. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis contact page or call 727-312-4844. Dr. Mikhail treats patients in the Tampa and Clearwater area.