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

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 that I start to sweat so much when I get nervous and I do not like it. 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.

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.

If you want to read more in-depth about nervous sweating, click here.

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.

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. Click on the following list of products to read in-depth about each product and see how they can help. The order of the products does not have to do with efficiency, it was done randomly.

1) Sweatblock

2) Duradry

3) Zerosweat (This company even offers a lotion that stops your palms)

4) Certain Dri

You will apply these products before bedtime in order to have success. They will block your sweat glands temporarily (which is anywhere between 2-10 days), all depending on your body, on the product, and how rigorously you follow the directions of application.

I have had amazing results, up to 7 days going completely dry in my armpits. These products are technically made for your armpits, but some people report using it on other places successfully. I cannot comment on that yet.

Another thing that I like to do is to use undershirts that have sweatpads in them. They absorb all the sweat coming from your armpits and you will have no ugly stains on your clothes, which are not only embarrassing but can ruin your clothes in no time.

The undershirt that I have tried personally for well over a year already and proves to be doing its job perfectly is the Thompson Tee. Again, click on the link to read more about it.

If you prefer not to click those links, go directly to Amazon.com to find the products there and buy yours today.

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.

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

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


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