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Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications 5th Edition

Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications (5th Edition)

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Section 10.1: Stress: What It Is and What It Does to the Body
The Brain Loves a Puzzle
Section 10.2: Psychological Factors in Physical Illness
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Chapter 10, Section 10.1, The Brain Loves a Puzzle, Exercise 01
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Why does stress make you sweat?

Here is a tip:

Pressure can make an individual perspire. 


Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. This could occur through any event or thought that makes an individual feel frustrated, angry or nervous. Stress sweat is triggered by hormones, adrenaline, and cortisol. This sweat is different from the usual sweat as it is produced from the apocrine glands (sweat glands) that are only found in certain parts of the body. 


The apocrine glands only release sweat when an individual is under extreme pressure. This sweat contains particles other than water and salt. It also has fatty acids in it, which could give it a foul odor. An individual's perspiration response increases when they sense that they are in danger. This is often caused to act upon that danger efficiently but researchers are still discovering the link behind stress and sweating.

Verified Answer

When an individual is under pressure, the body releases hormones adrenaline and cortisol. The release of these hormones causes the individual to sweat profusely. Moreover, the body temperature rises during stressful periods, leading the sweat glands to produce more perspiration. 

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