“Sweating” and “beneficial” in the same sentence just sounds odd, right? Sweating can feel, look, and smell gross. Sweating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. So, how does it benefit us?
- Sweating keeps our body temperature in check. When our body sweats, it is our body’s way of keeping us from overheating.
- When we sweat, our pores release toxins, bacteria, and dirt that can cause acne to form if they stay in our skin.
- Sweating keeps prevent calcium and salt build up in our kidneys and urine. You can thank sweating for keeping kidney stones away.
- Sweating helps us flush alcohol, salt, cholesterol, and other toxins out of the body.
- Sweating can help us fight off bacteria, fungus, and viruses.
As you can see, sweating is good for us. It’s a normal bodily function. Lots of things trigger sweat in the body including temperature, stress, exercise, illnesses and hormones. However, when we sweat too much or too little, we can have problems. Excessive sweating is a medical condition known as hyperhidrosis.
If you sweat through clothes, sweat without physical activity, are embarrassed of your sweat, and are afraid to be in social situations, you likely have primary or secondary hyperhidrosis. Primary hyperhidrosis is when the nerves send signals to tell the glands to produce sweat while secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by another medical condition or medication.
Hyperhidrosis isn’t bad for you, but it is annoying and can give a person social anxiety and depression. It can be mentally and physically hard to live with hyperhidrosis.
Schedule an Appointment with a Hyperhidrosis Physician and Surgeon
Sweating is good, but when it’s excessive, it can get in the way of your daily life. It’s time you talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms, so you can go through life more comfortably! There are several treatment options including prescription antiperspirants, medications, and Botox injections that can help block sweat.
Dr. Peter Mikhail is a Tampa hyperhidrosis physician and surgeon with offices in Tampa and New Port Richey, Florida. To book a consult, click our Tampa hyperhidrosis treatment contact page or call 727-312-4844.