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Why might I not sweat?

Dr. Pina LoGiudice, LAc, ND
Naturopathic Medicine
There are certain human conditions that can cause lack of sweating: medications such as anti-psychotics or calcium channel blockers, significant nerve damage, or a rare disease called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia. If you exercise, and believe you still do not sweat, you may not be exercising hard enough yet -- or possibly you are dehydrated, so your body is conserving its water.

The truth is, many of us do not sweat enough. Only 3 in 10 adults get the recommended amount of physical activity. We live and work in temperature controlled environments all day, then ride in trains, cars and buses with more air conditioning. Typically, we 'don't sweat' because we are not given the chance.
MountainView Hospital
Family Medicine
You may not sweat if you have a condition called hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a genetic disorder that prevents you from having sweat glands. These people have increased risk for heat stroke and should be careful when in hot, humid environments. They typically have special facial features -- their nose is slightly wider, they may have thick lips and they usually have some hair problems, too. Medications like anticholinergics may also decrease sweating. 

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