Explainer: why do I sweat so much and how can I stop it?

Explainer: why do I sweat so much and how can I stop it?

Sorry, this isn't about night sweats and sweating associated with CLL, but I thought it was a good overview of how our sweat glands are supposed to regulate our body temperature, by Rodney Sinclair, Professor Dermatology, Honorary, Epworth Hospital at University of Melbourne. There's also some reassuring information about the safety of deodorants along with a description of how they work and much more:


With respect to CLL, a true night sweat is a drenching sweat, where you soak your night attire and even your bed clothes, so that you have to change them. For some of us, they can happen during the day. The temperature regulation process also seems to be disturbed with CLL so that quite a few of us can suddenly find ourselves briefly sweating much more than normal, often without any idea what triggered it. As the article points out, other conditions, such as thyroid disease and diabetes might be responsible for sweating problems, not CLL.


Photo: Think your night sweats are bad? This spittlebug gets cocooned in what it exudes, but you don't want to know from where. (I've teased the bug out of its personal foam patch, which you can see to the right.) Thanks again to Jay for identifying the cause of the mysterious foamy patches found on grass and bushes in the winter scrub.

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  • Nice macro Neil... I feel a hot flash coming on! :-)

  • The Spittlebugs reminds me of something we used to call cuckoo spit in the UK. I've never seen it in Australia. I might be wrong?

  • Sheila, you are right about the cuckoo spit:


    I'd never noticed it before in nearly 60 years of living in Australia, but I'm currently enjoying a spell in the country away from the city bugs that are more of a threat to me than these interesting critters.


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