learn more about body sweat zones

What is sweating?

Everybody sweats.

Sweat, also known as perspiration, is a normal and healthy bodily function.

Sweating starts to occur just a few months after birth.

Why do we sweat?

We mainly sweat to cool our bodies down, a process called thermoregulation. Our brain sends signals to perspire, releasing a clear fluid from over 3 million sweat glands (or sudoriferous glands) and as this fluid evaporates from our skin, it lowers our body temperature.

There are many factors that can cause us to perspire:

  • Hot environments
  • General movement and physical activities
  • Emotional feelings, including stress
  • Eating hot or spicy food
  • Side effects from medication or surgery
  • Illness, as our bodies fight infections or fevers
  • Hormonal changes such as menopause, pregnancy, menstruation or puberty

On this site you’ll find lots of helpful information about how to prevent sweating and how Degree® can help.

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