I just got back from the gym and I am sweating through my pants. What can I do to stop this?
ANSWER: Sweating is one of the most common symptoms of hyperhidrosis, which is excessive sweating or perspiration. This condition affects about 50 million Americans, including perhaps you! It may be caused by anxiety over various situations (job interview, test at school, date with a new boyfriend/girlfriend), hot weather (fever or extreme heat), stress (tight job or relationship) or other factors that tend to make people sweat more than usual.
Stress causes your body to produce higher levels of adrenalin and cortisol in response to whatever happens around you – even if it’s nothing much happening at all! The result is probably an increase in perspiration as well as increased heart rate variability – i.e., irregular heartbeat variations sometimes called “heart arrhythmias” since they cause the heart beat to become less regular for short periods of time. This happens because high levels of adrenaline are stimulating sympathetic nerves throughout your body that release norepinephrine into the blood stream again increasing heart rate variability while also helping muscles stay pumped up due to sympathetic stimulation via their alpha-2 receptors located on smooth muscle cells throughout your body. Adrenaline also stimulates alpha-1 receptors on sweat glands causing them to secrete more urea via beta 1-adrenergic activation resulting in extra watery secretions both inside and outside the pores (“dribbling