Did you know that stress is a major cause of excessive sweating? There is good stress and bad stress. Good stress can keep you focused and determined on meeting deadlines and overcoming challenges, but bad stress causes all kinds of inconvenient body reactions including excessive sweating.
Bad stress can be triggered by all kinds of things in our daily routines - speaking in front of an audience, getting stuck in a traffic jam on the way to an important meeting, or going on a first date.
These stressful situations are often crucial moments in which we need to be our best, so it’s no wonder that it is in these circumstances that people from all around the world are most concerned about the embarrassing side effects of sweating.
Unlike thermal sweating, emotional sweating is often referred to as “having cold sweats" because it is not linked to the outside temperature and can occur even in shade or air-conditioned buildings.
Stressful situations trigger a typical series of body responses: our heart beats faster, the blood supply to the muscles increases and adrenalin is released into the blood stream.
This adrenalin rush triggers a rapid 'burst of sweat' - mainly in the underarms but also on the soles of the feet, the palm of the hand and the face. The apocrine sweat glands also become active and secrete the fatty sweat that skin bacteria feed on. This results in the unpleasant body odour - which is significantly more unpleasant than in the case of thermal sweating.