What makes one person prone to sloshing armpits while the other is not?

All of us sweat it, though some may sweat more than others. Is that possible?

Professor Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt from Maastricht UMC says, “Sweating does have an important function.” “If your body heat rises to 37 degrees (e.g., from exercise) or is higher than that, it must lose that heat through sweating.”

Humans produce heat by their metabolism. Your skin and breathing are the main ways you lose heat in a cooler climate. When you’re on holiday or exercising in a warm place, your body will seek another way of getting rid of heat and you’ll start to sweat.

Stress, alcohol and high-spice foods can also cause sweat to increase. The best way to sweat is when you don’t get wet and the sweat evaporates quickly. “Ideally, you should stay dry or get just a little damp. Inefficient sweat production is when sweat drips from the body.

“People who live in a warmer climate are used to that and sweat earlier and more.”

Lisa Klous, PhD candidate

It is difficult to explain the differences between people

It is difficult to understand why one person sweats more than another. Researchers have found that people who are overweight or with diabetes sweat more than those who are not. This is because their skin’s surface is smaller relative to their bodies mass. It could also be genetic.

Lisa Klous is a PhD student at VU Amsterdam and spent three years researching sweating. “There are many differences in sweating between people. She also said that they are hard to explain. “We understand that our bodies take time to adapt to changing circumstances. People who live in warmer climates are more used to it and tend to sweat faster because their bodies know how to dissipate excess heat.

“Our bodies are really smart and adapt well.”

Lisa Klous, PhD candidate

You also produce heat when you exercise. Klous states that exercising more frequently will improve your body’s ability at removing heat quickly and efficiently. Our bodies are smart and can adapt to changing environments. You sweat more when you are fitter and in a warmer environment. However, your sweat also thins out more. It becomes more water-soluble salt. This is good, because we need salts to control our muscles.

Feelings deprivation and inferiority

Roel Geners, a Leiden dermatologist, disagrees. “Just as you can get used a sport, you can also get used a warmer climate. This means your body can also get used to it so it doesn’t have to sweat nearly as much.

Genders says that it is common for people to feel ashamed or inferior about excessive sweating. The average person sweats 1.5 liters per days. If you are exerting yourself and sweating a lot, your daily sweating can quickly increase to 2 to 3 liters. Sweating is not only excessive, but it can also be caused by sweating. There is an obvious trigger, such as sloshing armpits or sitting behind your desk.

The sweat helps regulate your body temperature. But it also has another function: It gives your hands more grip. According to the dermatologist, if you didn’t sweat everything would slide through your fingers.”

Excessive sweating is most common in childhood and during puberty. It usually happens under the armspits or on the palms. There are many treatments that can be used for excessive sweating. One of these is lontophoresis. You place your feet or hands in a water bath that passes a weak current. This weak current inhibits sweat gland activity.

Special sponges are available for the armpits. Botox can also be sprayed into the armpits to paralyze the sweat glands. Aluminum chloride can be used to reduce excessive sweating in mild cases. Apply this product to dry skin.

“Sweat is basically odorless.”

Lisa Klous, PhD candidate

Strange odors

Klous states that “you basically don’t smell any sweat.” “If sweat does smell, it is because sweat reacts to bacteria on the skin. Strange odors are created by bacteria on the skin as they break down different substances.

Van Marken Lichtenbelt is keen to stress the importance of sweating. Don’t try to avoid sweating. But let your body get warm. This will help you to get used it before it gets too hot. The heat will continue to be too much if you are only able to use the air conditioning. It’s possible that power might go out in a heatwave, so be open to temperatures ranging from -40°C to +60°C.

Even in the hottest summer months, it is a good idea to get outside. “During heat waves, it is vital that you seek out shade as well as drink well. You lose fluid by sweating and your body becomes dehydrated.



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