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What Happens When You Sweat?

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

So what happens when you sweat? Well… You stink! But besides stinking after sweating, what’s really happening is our body is trying to control our temperature. And when that happens, the little sweat gland has, basically a little muscle around it, it squeezes it, and the sweat comes out of your skin. Because there’s now fluid on your skin, that helps us to maintain our temperature. And maintaining our temperature is vitally important, because we operate optimally within a very narrow range of temperatures.

Now there are some internal medical conditions that can cause increased sweating. And so if you sweat all the time, especially when you’re asleep at night, then it has to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure nothing else is going on internally. And the other thing I’ll say is that a lot of times, we sweat because we’re anxious. We’re entering into a situation that raises our anxiety, and our body will sweat due to that anxiety as well. And it’s annoying and I get it.

And so, if you always have a situation that you are anxious about, and that causes sweating, then please start with the basics. Please start with mindfulness, figuring out why you do this? Start with some prayer or meditation, whatever works for you to help calm you down, and to think realistically about the situation that you’re about to go into. Please watch what you’re eating and when you’re eating it, because our diet will affect every part of us. If you’re waking up in the morning and thinking you’re gonna control your anxiety that day by taking a huge energy shot? Mmm… It’s not gonna work out well for you.

And if all of those don’t help you, then please seek professional advice. Guys, there’s no need to be held hostage to excess sweating. There is help out there, and your local dermatologists, well, we’re happy to.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.

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