How to Prevent Sweat Stains Quiz

How to Prevent Sweat Stains Quiz
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About This Quiz

No one wants to lift up their arm to find unsightly colored sweat stains under their arms. And this problem isn't limited to men -- women can have equally embarrassing perspiration problems. Do you know why they happen and how to get rid of them? Or, like most people, do you believe common myths about sweat stains? Take the quiz and find out.
What is the medical term for your armpit?
Patella
Axilla
The medical term for your underarm is the axilla.
Sesamoid

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Which sweat glands are responsible for your body odor?
Eccrine
Apocrine
The apocrine glands are behind your body odor. They carry a mixture of sweat and fats to your skin, where bacteria breaks it down -- and creates odor.
Leonine

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The active ingredient in antiperspirants is what type of compound?
Aluminum-based
All antiperspirants have an aluminum-based compound as their main ingredient.
Carbon-based
Tin-based

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One way to prevent sweat stains on clothes is to:
Apply a single, thin layer of antiperspirant
The majority of the stain comes from putting on too much deodorant. The trick is to use only a single, thin application of the product.
Apply several layers of antiperspirant
Shave your underarms

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And the second part to preventing sweat stains is:
Using a hairdryer on your underarms
Letting the antiperspirant dry completely before getting dressed
Let the deodorant or antiperspirant dry completely before putting on your shirt. We mean 100% complete.
There is no second step.

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What product can help protect the underarm area of your shirt?
Dress shields
Dress shields have been around for a long time and do a good job at preserving the underarm area of your shirt. These soft cotton, disposable pads can be stuck to or sewn into the underarm of your shirt to soak up excess perspiration.
Hairspray
Fashion tape

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What do ingredients like triclosan in deodorant do?
Block the growth of bacteria
Ingredients like triclosan in deodorants make the skin in your underarm too salty or acidic to support the indigenous bacteria that are meant to thrive there.
Prevent you from sweating
Neutralize stink

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A certain medical condition describes excessive sweating. What is its name?
Hydrophobia
Hypertrichosis
Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis, also called diaphoresis, involves extreme or excessive sweating. People with this condition may sweat at levels four or five times what most people experience.

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How many sweat glands do you have?
Between 2 and 4 million
The number of sweat glands in a person's body can vary from around 2 million to more than 4 million.
Between 2 and 4 thousand
Between 2 and 4 hundred thousand

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To be approved by the FDA as an antiperspirant, a product must reduce a person's sweat by what percentage?
5 percent
20 percent
The FDA requires that all antiperspirants must decrease the average person's sweat by at least 20 percent.
50 percent

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You Got:
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