Anhidrosis or decreased sweating

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Posted on : 28-09-2009 | By : dutdot | In : Health & Beauty, Life's Musings

When we came to this country two years ago and until now, I noticed that I wasn’t sweating. I knew way back then that I sweat so little; but, this time, I noticed that I hardly sweat at all. Is it due to the aircon 24×7? Hardly. I have a friend, who sweats a lot after a few minutes of working out. We worked out together for a week – she was the only one who lost weight – 2kg, but me? NADA. Yes, maybe, an on and off loss-gain of a kilo.

It’s been two weeks already since I started a routine exercise. At first I noticed that somehow my muscles have been toned. But alas, no maybe. Husband said that my body’s bloated with lots of air. Oh. I am not sweating, that may be the culprit.

I researched the Web on the condition of not sweating, and did I notice, boy, that it’s a serious condition. It’s a condition called ANHIDROSIS or decreased sweating. Oh yeah, I sometimes sweat, too, in my underarm after walking for at least two hours under a humid environment.

What is Anhidrosis?

“Anhidrosis is the inability to sweat in response to heat.” – mamashealth.com

It’s also known for other names:

Adiaphoresis, Ischidrosis, Hypohidrosis, Oligidria, Oligohidrosis and Sweating deficiency – WIKIPEDIA

What are the causes?

It may be caused by underactivity of the sympathetic nervous system. – WIKIPEDIA

From Mamashealth.com, here are the probable causes of anhidrosis:

  • neurologic disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • heatstroke
  • diabetes
  • congenital disorders including as ectodermal dysplasia
  • drugs and medications
  • hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia
  • autonomic neuropathy
  • infections of sweat glands
  • trauma to sweat glands
  • burns
  • excessive dehydration

What are the complications?

  • heat stroke
  • heat exhaustion
  • coma in extreme cases

Oh. It’s quite alarming. I should prevent myself from being dehydrated.

I’ll read about How Sweat Works.

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