Why Do We Sweat When We Are Nervous? Here Is The Reason Why

Last updated on July 16th, 2019 at 02:41 am

Why do we sweat when we are nervousHas it happened to you that you get nervous and suddenly you start to sweat? Your palms get all wet, or sweatdrops start to roll down from your armpits, and your forehead gets all wet? It can be very embarrassing and there is nothing you can do about it. And even worse, the more you try to stop it, the worse it gets.

It has happened to me thousands of times.  It is embarrassing.  Often I try to disregard the fact that I am nervous, just to not sweat so much. But in no time, I start to sweat so much in my armpits and my forehead that I have no control over it.

But why do we sweat when we are nervous? In this article, I will explain the main reasons why that happens.

Why Do We Sweat?

First of all, our body has 2 types of sweat glands: The apocrine and the eccrine sweat glands.

The eccrine glands are located all over the body, except the armpits, forehead, perineum, palms of hands and feet. They are connected to the “cooling” system of the body. Whenever the body temperature goes up, your brain is triggered to start producing sweat in order to prevent overheating.

The function of the eccrine glands is absolutely stunning because we have our own air-conditioning system built in and we need it. Without it, heat strokes would be common, be it working in the sun, working out, or being in a hot room, and even doing nothing. Our body uses sweat to cool down and keep our body temperature regulated.

Contrary to the eccrine glands, the apocrine glands are located in the areas where you cannot find the eccrine glands, namely the armpits, forehead, perineum, palms of hands and feet. These glands are located much deeper than the eccrine glands. What stands out is that they only develop during puberty, which means that they are driven by adrenaline.

The apocrine sweat glands even contain substances that attract the opposite sex. Hence, your apocrine sweat glands are responsible for your nervous sweating. They increase in size by sexual stimulation, anxiety, pain, fear, among others. You have no direct control over either of the 2 sweat glands.

Now that you know a little about the 2 different sweat glands and what each of them does, you also know what causes you to sweat when you get nervous.

Is There A Cure?

So why do we sweat when we are nervous? Our body is answering to a stimulus and works the stress produced by stimulation out through sweating. Not everybody has this problem, but definitely many people have it.

However, the question remains: Is there something you can do about nervous sweating?

The answer is very straightforward, you cannot do anything about nervous sweating because you have no control over your sweat glands and the triggers that cause you to sweat.

Nevertheless, there are a few things you can do to block your sweat glands before you get to the point where you cannot do anything about it, like relaxing your mind and body before any special event that you attend.  Trying to stay calm and not stress yourself because you will be among people.

Those are things that I have tried, but they did not do enough for me.  I knew that only relaxing and not stressing was not enough for me because I had tried it too many times.  I found out over time that I suffer from hyperhidrosis, a condition in which you sweat uncontrollably.

The good thing is that there are solutions to the problem and you can avoid the embarrassment caused by excessive sweating.

After years of searching for the answer, I finally found a few products that helped me and stopped my excessive sweating for good.

Let me share these with you.

In recent years, products that block your armpit sweat glands have been developed which are very effective. You can find numerous products in the market that help.

1) Sweatblock (click for full product review)

These towelettes that you dab into your armpits in the night before you go to bed block your sweat glands completely for 4-10 days (in my case 7 days was the longest).  No drop of sweat will roll down your underarms when applying this product correctly.

Check the price here.

2) Thompson Tee (click for full product review)

This life-saving undershirt with padded underarms soaks up all the wetness from your armpits and catches all the sweat before it comes through to your clothes.  I have worn these shirts for years and I absolutely love them.  When I forget to put on Sweatblock, this shirt does its job very well.  These are available in different colors, and for both, men and women.

Check the price here.

These solutions have given me my confidence back and I do not fear social gatherings anymore as it did before because of embarrassing sweat stains.

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Author: Oscar

Oscar has suffered from excessive underarm sweating for more than half of his life. He struggled for many years with social anxiety because of the embarrassing sweat marks that he always had on his shirts. Nothing helped. He thought he would have to live with this condition for the rest of his life. After years of struggling and even giving up on searching for solutions, he found a solution to his problem. Now he wants to help people around the world who suffer from hyperhidrosis by informing his readers about their condition and showing them what to do about their problem.

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