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My daughter doesn't sweat

By September 7, 2010 - 8:27pm
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Besides suffering from Fibromyalsia, her doctor says she also suffers from silent siezures as well as Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia. Why can she not sweat, even if the weather gets over 70 degrees..she has to have cool water available all the time or she passes out. Or other times she will sweat so profusely that she will still be all sweaty after hours of relaxing?

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CastleInTheSky - Thanks for writing and seeking information to help your daughter. Her difficulties with sweating are related to her medical condition. Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia results in the abnormal development of structures including the skin, hair, nails, teeth and sweat glands. Most people with this condition have a reduced ability to sweat (hypohidrosis) because they have fewer sweat glands than normal or their sweat glands do not function properly.

You can get more information to help your daughter from the Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/Disease.aspx?PageID=4&DiseaseID=76
It's going to be important that you monitor your daughter while she is young and she learn to monitor herself as she grows up. Sweating, of course, is a key way for the body to regulare temperature as when sweat evaporates it helps to cool the skin. People who can't sweat can get dangerously high body temperatures in hot weather and it has the potential to become life-threatening.

September 8, 2010 - 5:45pm
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