Sports Medicine Physician Dr Jessalynn Adam Addresses Perspiration Issues
Jessalynn Adam, M.D., CAQSM, is a fellowship-trained, board-certified physician specializing in Primary Care Sports Medicine with Orthopedics and Joint Replacement at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Adam recently responded to questions from RUNNER’S WORLD magazine for a feature, “Why in the World Do I Sweat So Much?” Here are her responses…
1. What is the function of sweat?
Sweating is one of the body’s mechanisms for regulating temperature, specifically sweating helps to cool the body. The body can acclimatize to tropical environments by increasing the sweat rate.
2. Why do some people sweat more than others?
Some individuals suffer from excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Certain medications and medical conditions can cause excessive sweating.
3. What are the downsides (acne? Stinky clothes? Etc.)
“Stinky clothes” - Certain fabrics, polyester especially, can trap sweat. The bacteria on your skin can digest the protein causing body odor or “stinky clothes”.
4. What can you do about it?
Everybody sweats! Even when we don’t think we are sweating, we lose moisture through our skin. Wear light loose-fitting natural fabrics to keep you cool. Fabrics that wick sweat allow the sweat to evaporate keeping you cool and avoiding the stink. Drink lots of water, when you sweat you lose water and salt, so be sure to hydrate appropriately.
Dr. Jessalynn Adam specializes specializes in the care of athletes and active individuals of all ages. Her care focuses on muscle injuries and biomechanics. She offers prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries related to sports and exercise. Dr. Jessalynn Adam has earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications from The American Board of Family Medicine. The Certificate is designed to recognize excellence among physicians whose practices emphasize expertise in the Sports Medicine field. She sees patients on the Mercy Campus in Downtown Baltimore, as well as Mercy Personal Physicians at Glen Burnie and Lutherville.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.