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Why Men Should Avoid Sweating

In my experience, men sweat a lot more than women do (and I know they’re not as conscious of it as women are!), but when they do sweat, the excess moisture drips down and builds up in their underarms. I don’t know if this is a reason for worry or a reason to appreciate their sweat, but it doesn’t seem to matter because they still sweat. They sweat like a child but in a healthier way. Also, men sweat more, and that might not be a negative thing.

Sweating is a fact of life. While most of us don’t sweat in our daily routine, you will notice those long pants in the morning, those hard-knotted hands in the car, or those sweaty shirts in the cold. However, when we start sweating, the excessive loss of water and perspiration creates moisture which builds up around the area under the arms, making you more susceptible to infections and rashes. It also increases your risk of developing diabetes and obesity.

In fact, many of the health problems resulting from excessive sweating are largely caused from poor lifestyle choices. In a study performed in England, it was found that male firefighters were 5 times more likely to develop the deadly respiratory disease bronchiectasis (bronchitis) in the face of poor hygiene. Additionally, according to another study done in Brazil, men are more likely to die of pneumonia and a lung infection, even when they wear their proper respiratory protection.

Sweat can also lead to several other forms of illnesses in men. Many times, these infections are due to poor hygiene and improper use of the products being cleansed. These include the following:  Staphylococcus ancoides , or as some refer to it as “stink bugs.”  Strep throat, also known as “Greens,” is caused by bacteria of the genus Strep; which are shed from the body and make their presence known when they appear on the skin near the nostrils. However, strep is not the only bacteria that can cause strep throat; other bacteria can also be involved.  Strep aureus, sometimes called a “funk bug,” is a type of bacteria found on the skin and in the body; it produces foul-smelling fluid when released.

In the United States,  strep aureus  is responsible for approximately 15% of reported cases. However, a case is usually considered to be a positive result if an infectious agent is found on the skin, such as a staph infection. Strep aureus infections tend to cause itching and mild swelling of the area around the sore. Strep aureus is generally not life-threatening. However, in some cases, it becomes an infectious disease over time as the infection spreads to more areas of the body. The symptoms that are typical of strep aureus infection include a burning sensation in the groin, sore throat, and severe headache.

Strep aureus is particularly common in areas where a high amount of activity is possible, such as football stadiums, military bases, and correctional facilities. Although strep aureus is easy to diagnose, there aren’t many easy to use treatments for it.  Strep aureus is a common cause of antibiotic resistance, but this is a different story for other bacteria. 

Antibiotics treat bacteria; strep aureus is an immune system response. In other words, if the immune system ignores a strep bacteria infection, it will eventually evolve to fight it off. This evolution of resistance to drugs may be linked to the development of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, one of the most prevalent methicillin-resistant enterococci today. MRSA is resistant to more than 60 antibiotics, including the antibiotics commonly used in the United States. MRSA may be resistant to methicillin because it has lost the ability to create a protective barrier against the antibiotics that attack it. MRSA is a major threat to the safety of hospital patients, and there are no cure for the infection.