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Don't Sweat It

Why is it that whenever you see your crush your palms start sweating, your underarms get wet and drops of sweat form above your lip? What's going on? It's normal - so don't sweat it. Just read on.

I Sweat A Lot!

I sweat a lot more than an average girl. I wear deodorant but it still soaks right through my shirt. What should I do? It's embarrassing walking around with sweat marks under your arms! sum41chick

The Human Body - Your Sweat Glands

Sweating is totally normal and everyone has to deal with this smelly bodily function. Did you know that there are close to 2.6 million sweat glands in the human body? You can find them everywhere except on your lips, nipples and genitals. Sweat glands are long, coiled tubes of cells found in the skin and there are two types of these glands.

The Human Body - Two Types of Sweat Glands

  • Eccrine glands: These are the most common sweat glands. They are found mostly on the palms and soles of your feet and on your forehead. Eccrine glands are smaller than apocrine glands and don't produce fatty acids or proteins
  • Apocrine glands: Found in your armpits and anus. This type of sweat gland produces sweat that has protein and carbohydrates, which is why you get that yellow stain on the armpit of your shirts. These glands only become active once you reach puberty - so it makes sense that you'd start sweating a lot more around that time.

The Human Body - Why Do We Sweat?

Perspiration or sweat is controlled by your sympathetic nervous system. Heat is the main reason your eccrine glands kick in, but there are other reasons you sweat. Being nervous or even eating spicy food will make you break out in a sweat. Sweat is how your body gets rid of excess body heat from your working muscles - like when you sweat up a storm in P.E class after a hard work-out.

The Human Body - Dealing With Sweat

There are a variety of ways that you can deal with sweat and it's smelly aftermath. When you hit puberty, it's best that you shower on a daily basis - it'll help rid your bod of the day's sticky, sweat residue and will help keep you feeling fresh. Deodorant can help curb the smell of sweat under your arms, but won't stop you from sweating. A different product, called antiperspirant, will stop you from sweating as much throughout the day though, by blocking the pores in the skin under your arms. Some studies say that antiperspirants are unhealthy because it can cause a build up of aluminum in your body. If you are perspiring more than normal, or are concerned in any way about your sweatiness, get in to see a doctor to discuss your options.

 

Do you have any embarrassing sweaty stories? Share them with us in the comments.

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What Makes You Sweat?

  • Taking a test.
  • Driving with my grandma.
  • Giving a speech in front of my class.
  • All of the above!

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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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drowning
You go out and you find someone who you can be you with. It's not a hard question to find the answer too.
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