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Is My Perspiration Normal?

Author: Matthew Hutto

Is my perspiration normal?

Part of being in good health is sweating. It is the natural way the body cools itself down when overheated, whether outside on a hot day or working out in the gym. According to the United States National Library of Medicine, perspiration is the process of the body releasing salt liquid from the sweat glands.

The source explains that a normal amount of perspiration is dependent on the person as it depends on how many sweat glands the individual has. The average person is born with two to four million sweat glands. However, some people experience excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis.

"This is truly an embarrassing thing for people. [Sweat still has] a lot of connotations in our society, so you can imagine how someone who sweats excessively feels about themselves and how they fear others feel about them," dermatologist Dee Anna Glaser, MD, of Saint Louis University, explains to WebMD.

Excessive sweating may occur when a person is warm, and the body is trying to regulate its temperature, or in an embarrassing, nerve racking, scary or angering situation. If you are wondering if your amount of perspiration is normal, the best thing to do is consult with your doctor.

A physician may be able to provide you with a quick solution to the problem, or it could be a sign of something more serious. The US National Library of Medicine says that if sweating occurs with symptoms such as chest pain, weight loss or rapid heartbeat, it could be an indication of an infection or hyperthyroidism.

There are a variety of treatments for hyperhidrosis including prescription strength antiperspirants and oral medications. WebMD states that as a last resort, you may want to consider Botox, as it has recently been approved for treating excessive sweating by the FDA, or a surgical procedure.

In Brief

  • Part of being in good health is sweating.
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