Sweating is biological process that happens to all of us on a daily basis. For most of us who live in tropical countries, we try to avoid sweating as much as possible. This is especially so if you live in hot and humid countries such as Singapore.
Yet sweating is very important for our health and overall well-being. It is hard to imagine that the biological process behind sweaty armpits, hands, feet, and back is precisely the reason that enables humans to adapt and survive in a hot environment.
Why do we sweat?
Though sweating is hardly appreciated by most of us, it is important for us to know why our bodies have such a function.
Our skin is the largest organ of the body. It acts like our kidneys, filtering toxins out of the body, essentially building our immune system and keeping us healthy.
In addition, secreting sweat from the skin is also the body’s natural reaction to an increase in the core body temperature. Sweating cools the body and maintains a stable body temperature of about 37 degrees Celsius.
There are two ways in which we sweat:
ECCRINE GLANDS They produce sweat to regulate body temperature and are found all over the body.
APOCRINE GLANDS These glands are found close to the hair follicles especially around the underarms. They produce sweat that are triggered mainly by emotional stressors, such as fear and anxiety. The production of sweat from apocrine glands are closely linked to body odor.
After a period of vigorous exercise, you are bound to sweat buckets. This natural response brings about a lot of health benefits that are not widely known to many people.
ELIMINATION OF SALT Our sweat is salty because it contains excess salt that we consume in the food we eat. The elimination of salt from the body helps to prevent stones from forming in the kidney.
CONSUMPTION OF WATER Losing water by way of secreting sweat from the body leads to increased thirst. It causes us to drink more water, bringing about more health benefits associated with drinking water.
IMPROVEMENT OF SKIN HEALTH When we sweat, it opens our pores on the face releasing bacteria and toxin from under the skin. At the same time, it purges the debris and clogs that are associated with pimples and acne.
What if we sweat too much?
Hyperhidrosis, or commonly referred to as excessive sweating, is a rather common disorder which can disrupt your normal daily activities. For some serious cases, you may sweat so excessively even though you are at rest. Such heavy sweating can sometimes soak through your clothes or drip off your hands.
Excessive sweating can impact a person’s quality of life and cause social embarrassment. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis often find the condition quite distressing.
Treatments for excessive sweating
Botox is often associated with wrinkle treatment. It may come as a surprise to many, but Botox is also particularly effective for temporarily treating excessive sweating.
Mircro-injections of Botox block the nerve signals responsible for sweating, stopping the sweat glands from secreting too much sweat.
Repeat treatment is often required every four to six months. You may realize that intervals can be longer with each repeated treatment.
Botox treatment for sweating is well-tolerated by patients and results can be seen within a couple of weeks. Areas with more nerve endings such as palms or feet may experience more discomfort. However, numbing cream can be applied before the treatment to reduce the pain.