Can Smoking Cause Excessive Sweating?
The short version to this question is a resounding yes! It is no surprise to hear that smoking is bad for your health. The negative effects smoking has on your body can cause many different problems, including cancer. Smoking has some less lethal side effects as well, like making you sweat more.
To understand how smoking affects your body sweat, you must first understand how and why we make sweat. Warm-blooded mammals, such as humans, have the ability to regulate their blood temperature through body functions.
Things like sweating when hot, or shivering when cold help your body to keep your blood at the proper temperature. Cold-blooded animals lack this ability and that is why most of them are found in very warm climates. This also means that anything that affects our circulation is going to affect our body’s ability to regulate its temperature.
When your body begins to feel hot, it signals your brain; this tells your glands to produce sweat. This signal comes in the form of stress hormones. Once your eccrine and apocrine glands sense the presence of this hormone, they begin sweat production. Most of your body has eccrine glands directly under your epidermis. In your groin and armpits, you have apocrine glands. These glands produce a thicker sweat.
This sweat is thicker because it contains more fatty acids and proteins. These fatty acids react with the bacteria that live on your skin creating an unpleasant odor. This is why your armpits can have a stronger body odor compared to other parts of your body.
This released sweat cools your body down, as it slowly evaporates from your skin’s surface. Now that you understand how and why sweat is produced, let us look at how smoking interferes with that process.
People who don’t smoke have larger and more flexible blood vessels than people who smoke regularly. This is because the nicotine that is absorbed into your blood while smoking causes a constricting of your blood vessel and arteries. This dramatically increases your blood pressure. High blood pressure has many negative side effects.
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers. Systolic pressure is the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart is contracted; a systolic reading of 120 is considered a healthy blood pressure. Diastolic pressure is the pressure in your arteries between heartbeats, and 80 is considered a health diastolic blood pressure.
Blood pressure is written with the systolic reading over the diastolic reading, similar to a fraction. Using this information, we know a healthy blood pressure reading would be around 120/80.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is considered any level above 140/90. Elderly people experience hypertension at 150/90. One in every three Americans suffers from high blood pressure, which is very dangerous to your body. It can result in a number of medical problems including kidney disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Studies have shown that smoking raises your systolic blood pressure by around 20 points. Smoking also causes inflammation in your blood vessels, which can cause your arteries to become stiff and harden over time. These bodily changes have both long-term and short-term effects on your blood pressure.
Despite all of the evidence to sway people, one in every six Americans smokes daily. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable diseases. Cigarettes are responsible for one in every five deaths in the United States. Heart disease is caused by smoking.
Smoking while suffering from high blood pressure can increase your risk of dying exponentially. Kidney disease is another negative side effect of smoking. The increased heart rate and constricted bloods vessel make it difficult for your body to regulate your blood’s temperature.
The combination of side effects smoking causes creates added stress on your nervous system. This tells your brain to release stress hormones. All of this results in you sweating much more. With all the destructive side effects smoking causes, it’s no wonder it is considered a silent killer.
If you are suffering from unexplained hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating and you are a smoker, you should consider reducing the amount you smoke. Ideally, you should quit smoking altogether to improve your health and reduce the risk of fatal diseases.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but by using modern medical breakthroughs, you can reduce the amount of withdrawal symptoms you feel. Start living a healthier more sustainable lifestyle today.