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Why Do I Sweat So Much?
That's a really good question. So why do I sweat more than other kids anyways?
Well, to start with let's look at why we sweat in the first place. Believe it or not, sweating is very important. It's the body's way of staying cool and protecting it from overheating.
Once the signals are received, the sweat glands release or squirt sweat thru very tiny channels that lead to the surface of the skin (pores). Once the warm sweat reaches the surface, it evaporates. As it evaporates, a certain amount of heat is carried away with it. And so, heat is released from our body...just like that!
Why does my Body not Know When to Stop Sweating?
This condition of sweating too much is also called Hyperhidrosis (HI-PER-HI-DRO-SIS). Or at least, that's
what doctors like to call it.
Why do I Sweat More than my Friends?
Scientist have recently discovered that people that sweat a lot often inherit their sweating condition from a direct relative. For example, your condition may have been passed on by your father or your grandmother. Just like our looks or the color of our eyes or hair. These are traits that are passed along by our parents or more distant relatives. So, your sweating condition was probably just passed along by chance from a relative. It's that simple.
Exploring the Sweat Gland
A sweat gland is not a very complicated structure. It lies closely beneath the skin and starts off as a pore or an opening at the surface. If you follow what leads to that pore you will notice a channel or tube like structure that travels below the surface of
a great amount of sweat. That's because there are so many of them, up to 5 million over the whole body. Some specific regions of the body also have a greater number of sweat glands. For example, the palms of your hands can have up to 700 sweat glands over an area the size of the dime. That means your hands have thousands and thousands of sweat glands.
What can I do about my Sweating Condition?
A lot of options are available to help reduce the amount of sweat you produce. Ask your parents to help you explore some of these options either on this website or other sites on the internet. Get them to discuss the different treatments available to you. The first time you treat this condition usually involves applying a powerful antiperspirant to the affected areas of your skin.
Make sure to ask your parents to visit our Hyperhidrosis and Children page for more information.