[건강만담]Bad smell and cancer caused by hot and humid weather. Causes, prevention and treatment

As the rainy season continues in earnest, the humid and hot weather continues everyday. This climate also increases the level of discomfort, especially for those who complain of perspiration, which usually gives off a dark smell, summer being a more difficult period. In hot weather, people naturally sweat a lot, because the smell interferes with social life and causes psychological stress.

Moreover, it interferes with daily life, such as school life and social life, and not only causes stress, but also makes others feel uncomfortable.

Professor Min Kyung Hee from Nowon Eulji University Hospital Plastic Surgery Clinic said, “If you are worried about the smell, you should go to the hospital and get proper treatment. Bronchial sweating is more common in young men after puberty, when the apocrine glands swell. and sweat production begins to increase Recently, with the acceleration of the growth rate of children, the number of adolescents who go to the hospital for treatment of bronchitis is increasing, therefore, a management and a Appropriate treatment is essential to prevent the child from becoming stressed.

In the process of sweat decomposition by bacteria on the skin, it causes cancer

There are two types of sweat glands in our body: apocrine and endocrine. First of all, the apocrine glands throughout the body are 99% water. It has no viscosity and almost no smell, therefore it is characterized by clear and transparent sweating. Hyperhidrosis, also known as sweating disease, is caused by excessive secretion of the apocrine glands. In contrast, apocrine glands are ten times larger than apocrine glands. It does not spread throughout the body, but is found in the armpits, ears, eyelids, nipples, navel and perineum, and 95% of it is distributed in the armpit area. The sweat secreted by the apocrine glands is very viscous, including proteins, carbohydrates and fats, and the sweat secreted by the apocrine glands can color white clothes yellow.

Sweat from the apocrine glands themselves is odorless. However, bacteria on the skin break down sweat and produce fatty acids and ammonia, creating a distinct smell of sweat called “arm”.

Even if only one parent sweats, there is a 50% chance that the child will suffer.

Bad breath affects about 7% of the Korean population. Women have a higher percentage than men. It usually doesn’t occur until puberty or in older adults. However, sweating is hereditary. Even if only one parent has microcephaly, there is a 50% chance that their child will develop microscopy. If you suspect your child has bronchitis, parents are recommended to seek treatment. However, surgical treatment is not recommended in adolescence when growth is not complete. This is because symptoms sometimes improve after puberty, and as sweat glands regenerate as growth continues after surgery, sweating may recur. Also, if you are an adult and have had reoperation for bronchitis, the risk of complications, such as skin necrosis, may increase with reoperation because the tissues have already undergone surgery.

If symptoms are mild, permanent hair removal that destroys the apocrine glands helps

For bronchitis with relatively mild symptoms, frequent washing and use of an antiperspirant, soap, or sterile medicated ointment is helpful. Especially in summer, it is better to wear well ventilated clothes and keep them dry by spraying dust etc.

The more hair under your armpits, the stronger the smell. Permanent hair removal surgery can destroy not only the hair roots but also the apocrine glands around the hair root, so it is effective in treating bad odor. Also, there is a way to reduce the amount of underarm sweat production using iontophoresis and botulinum toxin. However, these local or conservative treatments are not permanent treatment methods, so if symptoms are severe or ineffective, surgery should be considered.

If symptoms are severe, surgery to remove the apocrine glands is recommended.

There are two major surgeries. There is subcutaneous resection and liposuction. Subcutaneous excision is a method of removing sweat glands by cutting the subcutaneous fat layer that contains the apocrine glands, making an incision in the skin along the armpit folds, lifting the skin deep in the subcutaneous fat layer and turning it over.

Liposuction is a method of removing apocrine glands by suctioning the subcutaneous fat layer through a short 0.5 cm incision using ultrasound or laser liposuction. However, surgery cannot completely remove the apocrine glands and there is a risk of recurrence because the apocrine glands are regenerated after surgery. However, it may be more effective than conservative or topical treatment. Therefore, it is recommended to undergo surgical treatment of acute bronchitis.

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