Fact or Fiction: Sweating

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Sweating is yet another sometimes embarrassing -- but totally unavoidable -- fact of life. Find out how sweat is made and unusual facts about sweat with this quiz.

The average person has around 2 million sweat glands.

Yes, 2.6 million is the magic number.


Sweat glands are distributed over the entire body -- except for the lips, nipples and external genital organs.

There are only three areas that don't sweat -- the soles of your feet do have sweat glands.


The sweat glands are in the layer of skin called the epidermis.

The dermis is where sweat glands are -- along with hair follicles and nerve endings.


The part of the sweat gland called the tubule is what connects the gland to the pores.

Both options are wrong. The duct carries sweat from the gland to the pores.


Nerve cells from the sympathetic nervous system connect to sweat glands.

Sweat glands are connected to the sympathetic nervous system, which is why you can start to sweat if you're nervous or stressed.


A sweat test, which measures the amount of salt in sweat, is used to diagnose Parkinson's disease.

This test is given to babies who are suspected of having cystic fibrosis -- people with cystic fibrosis have two to five times the normal amount of salt in their sweat.


The maximum amount of sweat the average person can produce is about a pint an hour -- if you're not adapted to a hot climate.

Nope, the average person can produce a liter of sweat per hour.


If you move to a hot climate, it will take you only about six weeks to start producing two to three liters of sweat per hour.

Yep, in only six weeks you'll double -- or triple -- your sweat production if you move to, say, the Arizona desert.


Sweat itself doesn't smell -- it starts to stink only when it mixes with bacteria on your skin.

Yes, it's sweat from the apocrine glands, and bacterial partners, that are the culprit for your B.O.


Sweat cools you off more efficiently when the air is dry.

When it's humid, there's already so much moisture in the air that your sweat won't be able to evaporate from your skin. On a dry day, the sweat will evaporate more easily, leaving you feeling a lot cooler.


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