Is Sweating Good When Sick?

1 • What can you tell us about different types of perspiration?

2 • How do we know that sweat is a thermoregulatory response to heat, rather than an adaptive mechanism for cooling?

3 • In what circumstances would sweating be important for thermoregulation, and when might it not be so important? Why does one person have sweaty palms in summer while another generates no moisture from the surface of their skin during a hot day?

4 • When is the highest level of sweat production produced—during exercise or at rest? Can you explain why there are differences between individuals in these responses.

5 • Are men more “sweaty” than women under similar conditions involving thermal stress (i.e., moderate exercise)? Explain your answer using Figures 2–11 and 4-5. If so, what physiological mechanisms might account for this difference? [This question relates to point 3 above.]

6 • Do people with dogs frequently produce more sweat when they become stressed by dogs versus those without dogs present (Figure 6-10)? Could there be any association between dog presence and increased sweating rate. Explain your answer using Figure 6-11A–B. Does this increase in sweat rate occur under all possible environmental conditions encountered by humans living with dogs, or just specific situations that involve stress levels associated with conflict experiences related to owning pets such as training sessions, walks on leash … ? Is this effect only seen among humans who live

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