Definition Sweat electrolytes is a test that measures the level of chloride in sweat. Although genetic tests have become important methods for determining whether a child has cystic fibrosis, the sweat chloride test remains important. Alternative Names Sweat test; Sweat chloride; Iontophoretic sweat test How the test is performed In the first part of the test, a colorless, odorless chemical that causes sweating is applied to a small area on an arm or leg. An electrode is then attached to the arm or leg, which allows the technician to apply a weak electrical current to the area to stimulate sweating. People may feel a tingling sensation in the area, or a feeling of warmth. This part of the procedure lasts approximately 5 minutes. The next part of the test involves cleaning the stimulated area and collecting the sweat on a piece of filter paper or gauze, or in a plastic coil. After 30 minutes, the collected sweat is sent to a hospital laboratory for analysis. The entire collection procedure ta...
Alternative Names African trypanosomiasis Symptoms General symptoms include: Anxiety Drowsiness during the day Fever Headache Insomnia at night Mood changes Sleepiness (may be uncontrollable) Sweating Swollen lymph nodes all over the body Swollen, red, painful nodule at site of fly bite Weakness Signs and tests A physical examination may show signs of inflammation of the brain and its covering, the meninges (meningoencephalitis). Tests include the following: Blood smear Cerebrospinal fluid tests Complete blood count (CBC) Lymph node aspiration Most antibody and antigen tests are not very helpful because they cannot tell the difference between current and past infection. Specific IgM levels in the cerebrospinal fluid may be helpful, however.
Reader: I really think I sweat too much. Why does this happen and what can I do about it now that warmer weather has arrived?
The more important question is this: When do you think you sweat too much?
If you feel you sweat too much when it's warm outside or you've exerted yourself, then your body is simply regulating its temperature. For example, if you've been walking outside for a few hours on a day when the temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit and you're sporting some embarrassingly damp armpits, you're sweating because you're hot and your body needs to cool down. Go indoors and sip a cold drink until your body temperature comes down a bit.
On the other hand, if you've been indoors in an air-conditioned building all day and still find yourself sweating as though you're in a sauna, you may have a condition called "hyperhidrosis."
Hyperhidrosis is a common condition that causes intense and frequent blushing and sweating that exceeds the body's need to cool...
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