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There are up to 4 million sweat glands in the human body. Sweat is produced from two types of "sweat glands" - the eccrine glands are found in the deeper layer of the skin (the dermis) and is responsible for the more ‘watery’ or hypotonic perspiration. These are found over nearly the entire body but are concentrated in the soles of the feet and the forehead followed by the palms and cheeks. This is in contrast to the apocrine sweat glands. These are scent glands and are confined to axillary (underarm) and groin regions. There are also ‘mixed’ sweat glands called apoeccrine glands found in the axillary and perianal areas. Read more...
_ For more information on sweat glands, a good article appeared in the NY Times a few years ago - "It Can Make You Cool or Make You Miserable"
For more on the sweating process, view the following video
If you suffer from hyperhidrosis (medical term for excess sweating), rest assured that there is nothing abnormal about your sweat glands. The problem may be related more to an overactive nervous system that is sending too many messages to your sweat glands, which in turn, stimulates them to produce too much sweat.
Essentially, overactive sweat conditions can be generalized (whole body involvement) or localized (for example the underarms, palms, foot soles, or face). If the condition is generalized, medical attention should be sought, as an underlying problem may be the cause. If your excessive sweating condition is localized, feel free to keep visiting this web site for additional information and a likely solution to your problem.
For more on sweat glands and to view the sweating process, feel free to consult two short multimedia presentations* called 'How sweating and body odor occur'