I sweat so much that I know my clothes have a limited life. Furthermore, even the cleaner cant get out the stale smell this leaves. Why does this happen?
A. There are many reasons for excessive underarm perspiration, one of which is anxiety, particularly in young women. Often, sweat literally pours down their arms and the sides of their chest when they have to speak in public, or when talking with someone with whom the are shy or uneasy. Simply getting into your thirties can solve most of this problem.
If sweating is destroying your clothes, try wearing cotton or another washable material next to your body. If you can’t wash it right away, soak the garment as soon as possible after taking if off. Sweat itself doesn’t smell offensive: It is the bacteria that grow in the area cause the odor. Find a deodorant that cults down problem sweating: Mitchum is a good one, but many cause underarm eruptions or burns in susceptible people.
Some illnesses cause excessive sweating; tuberculosis is one. Other excessive sweating results from alcoholism; as the alcohol wears off and withdrawal symptoms begin, perspiration increases. Sweat is a good growth medium for bacteria and explains why skin infections are more common in alcoholics than in the rest of the population.
Dr. Marianne Legato, Professor Emerita of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University is an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer, and specialist in gender-specific medicine. She is founding member of the International Society for Gender Medicine and also the founder and director of The Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine at Columbia University and its next iteration, The Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine. These enterprises are the first collaborations between academic medicine and the private sector focused solely on gender-specific medicine: the science of how normal human biology differs between men and women and of how the diagnosis and treatment of disease differs as a function of gender and sex. Her ground breaking textbook on Gender-and Sex Specific Medicine has been published in 2017 in the 3rd edition.
She has published extensively on Gender and Sex Specific Medicine, both scientifically and for the lay public. She is also the founding editor of the journal Gender Medicine, and the Journal Gender and Genome, published for the scientific community. In 1992, Dr. Legato won the American Heart Association’s Blakeslee Award for the best book written for the lay public on cardiovascular disease. She is a practicing internist in New York City and has been listed each year in New York Magazine’s “Best Doctors” since the feature’s inception in 1993.