View Full Version : I don't sweat - frustrated!
06-25-2006, 07:39 AM
No matter waht I do I DON'T SWEAT! As good as that sounds to some, it's really annoying. Instead i just swell up since the sweat just stays under my skin. I know the skin is a huge organ system for detox and a lot of toxins are stuck in me! Is there ANYTHING I can do or anyone else experience this? It's called hypohyrosis I believe. It is real, but the doctor's I've been to say it's not. The only thing my mom's read is that there's a medication for it, but can't find the name of it. I refuse to go on medication, but if the active ingredient can come in a natural form I'll try that I guess. Maybe I can ask for a pin cushion lol. When it's hot or I exercise I just want to put a bunch of pins in me and POP lol.
06-25-2006, 09:43 AM
I dont sweat either!!
It has been the oddest thing to me. It's Summer time in TEXAS & I dont sweat.
06-25-2006, 03:40 PM
I never sweated until I started exercising consistently. Then after a little while I began to sweat. Also, spending time in the sauna has helped my body to sweat better. Now I sweat really well.
06-25-2006, 03:41 PM
My sister in law has this problem. There is a name for it, but I can't remember what. She has to take care not to overheat or she will pass out.
Sharon in Colorado
06-25-2006, 04:11 PM
Are you eating any type of salt, except the sodium naturally occuring in plants? Or any kind of seasoning agent?
This could cause you to retain water unecessarily.
06-25-2006, 05:17 PM
I just did a little research for you!
Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating.
Anhidrosis is not sweating (can be 100%, can be just certain areas of the body).
"From the Greek an- meaning a lack of + hidros meaning sweat = lack of sweat. The inability to sweat may seem a blessing but it is not, since to sweat is to be able to stay cool. Anhidrosis creates a dangerous inability to tolerate heat."
Here's an article on CNN about levels of sweating (and defining people that sweat excessively and people that never sweat (with lots of bullet points on each) http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DS/00305.html
I just read a bunch of personal stories from people with this symptom, and something I did see is that for some people pregnancy caused a sudden appearance of the ability to sweat. Maybe the hormones of pregnancy kick start it! So you never know what could be in store one day!
One cause was low levels of sympathetic nervous system stimulation... If your doctor says it's your imagination then he needs to go study his books a little more! It's a well documented condition.
People also talked about keeping fans on at home to help regulate body temperature, and pouring water on themselves when they were out in the heat.
Hope this helps.
06-25-2006, 06:09 PM
My grandmother has this same condition - she can't sweat at all, no matter what. She also has to be very careful to not get overheated. Sorry to hear you have the same problem. :(
06-25-2006, 06:12 PM
I have it too. I perspire, lightly, only in my underarms and groin (lovely!) and feet, but on a hot day or while exercising that is not enough and I swell right up. even in a sauna I don't perspire, my skin just gets swollen but stays dry to the touch, unless I put oil on it, which I figured out would work after trying this product http://www.outletnutrition.com/bbfswswexsw3.html and it worked, and once I saw the ingredients I never bought it any more because raw sesame oil or x-v grapeseed oil work fine. The only problem for regular exercising or use on a daily basis is that when I'm hot it feels gross to be oily.
06-25-2006, 06:24 PM
My mom used to be like this and she found that by using an infrared sauna a few times a week the problem completely went away.
06-25-2006, 08:47 PM
Thnks guys! I'm glad i'm not alone.
Brianna - i used to sweat (a bit more than now, but not much) after 4 hours of intesnse gymnastics...so I'm thinking I've always had it. Hmm, I'm not up for 4 hours of cardio to see if i sweat more though! I'm nervous about the sauna, maybe i'll puff up (most likely).
juliebove - I HATE the heat and I never knew why. The moment I step out in it I feel like I'm going to pass out and my energy is zapped.
Sharon in Colorado - I was eating a bunch of salt, but this has been happening for...my whole life I guess?
sheryl - thanks for the research! I got the name wrong then, thanks for correcting me!
eabbel - I get MAYBE a bit sticky under my arms and the back of my neck near the base of my skull and that's it. The sauna is waht I'm worried about, I guess I'll have to try to do it 2 days or so before I have to go anywhere lol.
sunshine9 - I don't have access to an infrared sauna around here, unfortunately, but if I happen to cross by one I'll be sure to stop in.
06-26-2006, 03:44 PM
I have the same problem too! I thought it was just me. I heard that ginger baths were good for getting the body to start sweating but I haven't tried it. Have you heard of doing that?
I also noticed that when I go to the gym if I raise the resistance and go a little slower, I sweat more.
06-26-2006, 03:55 PM
I don't really sweat either. And sometimes if I over heat I start to feel funny. I will feel light headed and things will start to sound distant. And my vision becomes fuzzy. And I have to sit or lay down for a few minutes to make it go away.
06-26-2006, 07:49 PM
Have you tried a infrared sauna? If it works for you, you might need to do that till your sweat glands start working again. Then you can try exercise. Just make sure when you are done with the infrared sauna to wash off with cold water and preferably soap. Hot then cold with stimulated the lympahtic system, and you need to soap the sweat off because if you don't the toxins will go right back into your skin. I had that problem, but the sauna and other heating treatments have made my sweat production go up.
08-20-2006, 08:08 PM
So I went into the sauna for the first time today. At about 175 degrees and after 30 minutes I got a tiny bit clamy on my neck and arms/legs where the touched other skin. I JUST CAN'T SWEAT!! What's my problem haha? I havn't found an infared sauna yet. Are they widely available or something special?
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