Sweating, also known as perspiration, is the release of a salt-based fluid from sweat glands, which helps regulate body temperature. It is caused by high temperature, a change in body temperature, or your emotional state. The body usually produces sweat from areas such as the armpits, face, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. Did you know that sweat glands are of two types: eccrine and apocrine?
The eccrine sweat glands are present across the human body and produce sweat, which is lightweight and doesn’t have any odour. The sweat produced by the apocrine sweat glands is concentrated in the hair follicles of the scalp, armpits, and groin, is thicker, tastier and more pungent. The body employs the natural process of sweating to cool itself. Your skin’s glands release sweat, which subsequently dissipates into the air and has the effect of cooling your skin, hence your body.
Heat exhaustion or heat stroke are consequences that can result from reduced or absent sweating (hypohidrosis) or anhidrosis. Lack of sweat might be widespread or localised, affecting just particular body parts. A lack of perspiration may lead to the following symptoms:
From your lifestyle habits to a lack of perspiration, there are several possible reasons for a decrease in or absence of sweating in the body. Some of the most common causes why you might not be sweating includes:
This rare condition is diagnosed by a thorough physical examination, sweating tests, blood tests, and imaging modalities. Treatment can be initiated based on the underlying condition. While the doctor may recommend a treatment as per your condition, there are some lifestyle measures which can be included for patients with anhidrosis.
Sweating is the release of liquid from the body through your sweat glands. While it is normal to sweat, sometimes people don’t sweat due to a number of reasons which can range from a daily habit like drinking too much alcohol to a medical problem like Parkinson’s disease. A lack of perspiration is known as anhidrosis, a rare condition that requires immediate attention from a doctor. However, certain lifestyle habits like applying an ice pack, drinking plenty of liquids, exercising in normal weather, etc. may help you prevent the problem.
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