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Anxiety Stinks, Literally

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Why stress and anxiety makes our sweat smell worse. Share this on Facebook: bit.ly/1UfdHJO Share this on Twitter: http://ctt.ec/H_e4U Subscribe: http://bit.ly/1l8JXv3 On the web: http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/momstuffpodcast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StuffMomNeverToldYou Google+: http://bit.ly/1kNchOQ Tumblr: http://stuffmomnevertoldyou.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou# Join Cristen to get down to the business of being a woman and all the Stuff Mom Never Told You about bodies, boys and the female brain. Sources: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3593650/ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/stress-anxiety-difference_n_4833172.html http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0077144#pone.0077144-MujicaParodi1 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/feeling-stressed-makes-the-world-smell-worse-8844178.html
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Leeton Bey (21 hours ago)
adarsh luke alex (7 months ago)
Hey you are cute and cute smile
FadeTaBlack (9 months ago)
i just sent this link to my bf cos he thinks I'm talkin shit when I say I smell bad cos of my anxiety sweat...
Jojo Jaijai (9 months ago)
fuck im like that aswell... cause i have stress and anxiety .. schizophrenia ... dame this sucks
Clone Raged (10 months ago)
I stress sweat every morning as im abt to enter lectures and i kinda reek, when the lecture is over it suddenly dries. Fuck
Daniela Bashe (1 year ago)
That's why I only smell bad at school haha
Marco91 (1 year ago)
+Melissa Hewit same
Melissa Hewit (1 year ago)
Daniela Bashe only happens at work
caatabatic (2 years ago)
I love your channel, I think you need more subscribers, the word needs to get out.
Z Scientist (2 years ago)
Humans also pump out extra apocrine sweat (the foul-smelling variety) when we are sexually aroused. Apocrine sweat glands are concentrated not only in the armpits but also in the groin and perianal region.
Z Scientist (2 years ago)
The glands that produce milk are also apocrine glands, similar to the sweat glands that produce foul-smelling sweat. In fact, many biologists believe that mammary glands are evolved from apocrine sweat glands. The sweat released by apocrine glands actually looks somewhat like milk, it is translucent, white, and thick. In contrast, eccrine sweat just looks like water, it is clear.
Z Scientist (2 years ago)
Note for anxious people: The anxiety sweat on your palms and forehead does NOT smell bad. I repeat, palm sweat does NOT smell bad. This is because apocrine sweat glands, which are the glands that produce foul-smelling sweat, are mostly located in certain places, especially the armpits and the groin. Palm sweat is undoubtedly the most common type of anxiety sweat, and it is eccrine sweat, it smells like nothing. It still makes shaking hands embarrassing, so I recommend holding a cold drink in your right hand. Then you have an excuse to wipe off your hand before shaking, and you also have an excuse for why your hand is a bit wet. The smelly apocrine sweat in your armpits can be prevented or reduced with antiperspirants, which sadly would not work on your palms.
Z Scientist (2 years ago)
The drug propranolol can inhibit anxiety-induced sweating, shaking (tremors), and fast heartbeat. Propranolol is not a sedative, so you can safely take it (with a doctor's prescription and guidance) before giving a big speech, driving a car, taking an exam, or playing the violin in an orchestra. In fact, a huge number of classical musicians use propranolol to keep their hands free from sweat and tremors while performing. Propranolol belongs to a drug class called the beta blockers because it blocks beta-adrenergic receptors. Propranolol is most often prescribed to lower blood pressure and prevent a second heart attack in people who have already had one heart attack, but it works quite well for performance anxiety as well.
___vlc___ (2 years ago)
my first week of my new job, I smelled horrible and I had no idea why. I thought maybe 'cause my deo don't work anymore, but switching deo didn't help :O But it go away, yeah and now I think it was anxiety sweat :D
Ariana Grande (8 months ago)
Mü What did you do to remove it?
Chrissi H (2 years ago)
Huh, it's funny I'm watching this tonight; on my way home on the bus, two gentlemen were running to catch it through fairly heavy traffic, waving and shouting so the bus wouldn't leave. They managed to catch it (yay!) but their B.O. was definitely very noticeable. I'm usually pretty tolerant of sweat smells, having been a pretty smelly kid growing up, but this was even making me gag. Since they were wearing suits, I doubted they were coming from the gym, so all I could think was that it was from the short-but-stressful run they just had. Now that I know the strong smell was likely linked to the amount of anxiety they just faced, it makes a lot of sense!
caghoiy (2 years ago)
I know this is a bit of a strange subject, but would you think about doing a video on how people feel about sweat/sweaty people. I've had excessive (underarm) sweating for my entire life, to the point where my shirt will become soaked below my bra, and if I'm not wearing sleeves, sweat literally drips down my arms. I've always felt incredibly self conscious about this, even after confirming with multiple people it doesn't make me smell. I've done everything I can to try and stop it (prescription strength antiperspirant, holistic remedies, etc) and nothing has helped. Regardless of this fact, I have been met with countless people calling me disgusting, and telling me to "shower more". What I'm basically asking, is can you investigate why people are so revolted by just the sight of wet underarms?
mikaela (1 year ago)
caghoiy yES PLEASE
M Gray (2 years ago)
I have PTSD. Think about how that is. I'm constantly hyperventilate, I wake up with sweat pouring over me from nightmares, and I constantly have insecurities about how I smell. Thank you for this, though.
Ex EddieB (2 years ago)
You're so weird....subscribed.
Adriana Bradford (2 years ago)
shelbea stark (2 years ago)
I am blessed/cursed with the lack of sweating. I go to exercise/training, and I don't sweat enough -- the trainer tells me that I'm not working hard enough (as evidenced by the lack of sweat). On the other hand, the day after a couple of gin martinis, I sweat a smell akin to pine trees.
Natalie Parker (2 years ago)
For whatever reason it has been a long time since I have watched this channel, it's nice to be back.
Jaden Lowe (2 years ago)
Great...something else to worry about :(
ALifeLearned (2 years ago)
Well thats not exactly good news to someone like myself, with anxiety induced hyperhydrosis :/... but as in many other ways that our bodies can express anxiety, I completely agree that the best way to cope with it is to work on the source of the anxiety and try to change our way of thinking that creates it. Thats just much easier said than done unfortunately, but still very possible with the right resources to help us work on our mental health. Anyway, this was a really informative, and I love the way you present; thank you so much for sharing! :D
Riko Lime (2 years ago)
Unfortunately the only time Ive ever smelled a stank from someone stressed out, was at work... where its constantly hot, humid, and too many people crammed in too small a building -- having to deal with literally hundreds of other ungrateful, high horse customers... but I could understand that.
m1kel0n (2 years ago)
A little unrelated, but I always wondered what is that thing with blue and yellow circles on the wall?
Keali Bjoerk (2 years ago)
The shower soap commercial playing in front of this video, is oddly ironic?
This_is_a_Conundrum (2 years ago)
Hey Cristen, I've got a question for you though if anyone has real advice I would be more than open to it. When I'm extremely nervous or very angry I start to shake uncontrollably. Nothing huge, more like tremors you would get when cold but it's definitely noticeable. When I was getting interviewed for the job I have now, my boss noticed it and actively tried to look less intimidating. He thought he was making me scared (it probably didn't help that he looks like a pro-wrestler and I'm tiny), it was embarrassing trying to explain that it was just interview nerves. Anyway, what I wanted to know is if there is a way to stop the shaking and why I shake in the first place. I've tried breathing exercises, I've tried controlling my heart rate, I've tried focusing on something else, I've tried herbs like valerian root to induce calmness when I know a situation is going to affect me. Nothing has worked. It's unfortunate because I'm a high strung individual who is nervous a lot and quick to anger, kind of like a chihuahua, though I don't express what I'm feeling on my face or in my speech or in my behavior. My family and friends tell me it's a good way for them to judge if they did or said something they shouldn't have, but I find it to be embarrassing and a little frightening because I can't control it. I haven't asked my doctor because I'm afraid it won't be taken seriously and I can't deal with that from a professional who I entrust my health to. edit: Usually with the shakes comes the inability to think well. It's like my thoughts are swimming through molasses and everything is a little fuzzy and not quite solid.
32k0c (2 years ago)
I love your content <3 Can you suggest other Youtubers that address similar topics? I can't get enough of this stuff and I respect and trust your opinion/suggestions!
Rose Bennett (2 years ago)
Related: do those deodorant ads that literally say "Stress sweat isn't like normal… Sweat It smells worse". Kind of stress anybody else out?
Jessica Andersen (2 years ago)
Well done!!! Great video
Jessica Andersen (2 years ago)
Hi Cristen. Can you do a video about anxiety and how to deal with anxiety. My anxiety is strongest during driving and driving lessons. Do you have any advice for me and other people who struggle with anxiety?
labyrinthgirl17 (2 years ago)
I have found, after several years of verbal and mental abuse, there are three types of reaction: fight, flight, and freeze.
A Shot of Whiskey (2 years ago)
I can't help but think that I should challenge you to a game of parcheesi...
justagirldemi (2 years ago)
my job is stressful, i have GAD and i take a medication whose adverse effect is excesive sweating so it sometimes gets bad. But I started coming up with ways to combat it, which is to drink lots of water before work, and have a cold bottle during work that i can quickly take swigs out of. It keeps you cool, and forces you to take a couple seconds to recharge
Beck Cetera (2 years ago)
+Tanyelle Galman Pop a scented dryer sheet in one of your pockets - might help keep ya even more fresh-smelling on top of what you're already doing!
Gizmos Monster (2 years ago)
i stress sweat all the time. WHY does it trigger a "fight flight" response when i am going shopping?! or going to order some food?! or interact with humans in general?! COME ON BODY!! this is all essential!!
LeFou Raideur (8 months ago)
I\'m not sure but ,if anyone else is searching for how to prevent sweating try Knewreck Reduce Sweating Guide(Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some super things about it and my friend got cool results with it.
Gizmos Monster (2 years ago)
+Rebecca H pretty much :p
Beck Cetera (2 years ago)
+Gizmos Monster social anxieties?
Phil M (2 years ago)
Watching you stuff that salami into your mouth like that made me laugh snot out of my nose at supersonic speed. Apologies to anyone reading this but I felt that it needed to be said. Thanks for the informative video. Great stuff as usual 👍☺
laura. (2 years ago)
I know this all too well :S but loving the bright and alright system and am totally going to be telling myself this when I'm struggling with anxiety.
shouyou (2 years ago)
I've tried doing the "flipping your thoughts" kind of thing, but it never worked for me. Instead, what I do is that I focus completely on the task that I have to do. Like, I try to ignore my "oh god I'm scared" train of thought and focus on the outcome of what I have to do, what I could do to make it better, etc, for example when I'm doing an oral expression in school. And it usually works! Just putting this out there bc it might help someone 😊
Anastasia Peterson (2 years ago)
Breathe in for four seconds Hold your breath for seven seconds Breathe out for eight seconds Repeat once or twice more. This causes an autonomic nervous system shift from a sympathetic (fight or fight reaction) state to a parasympathetic response. Use this for panic/anxiety attacks, exams, presentations, etc...
Janna Wood (2 years ago)
I sweat from my face and the back of my knees first. AND I have foul anxiety sweat. What did I do to deserve such BO?
alonso cadena (7 months ago)
Janna Wood hey I don't know if your going to see this but I'm 16 and usually I smell fine but whenever I'm anxious (at school) I smell horrible. Has it gotten better for you?
Janna Wood (2 years ago)
I'm a Ukrainian with a sweet tooth, ahh! No wonder! Thanks for the info, that is definite motivation to eat less sugary junk!
Beck Cetera (2 years ago)
+Janna Wood Even though you can't completely erase your natural scents, your diet will play a role in how "foul" the odor is. Google a list of the foods that produce a more noticeable odor - garlic (ugh, my fave), alcohol, and sugar get digested and the gases escape through the pores and produce a noticeable smell and anxiety-induce sweating will only increase the smell.
Becca the wizard (2 years ago)
Omg girl you are atbit with the potter memes!!! I would be far too happy if you added more harry potter content to your vids! You can add more memes to my potion! 😂😍⚡
omgthetablesonfire (2 years ago)
i don't think changing the name is going to help at all. If you call HIV Happy Important Victory people are still going to die
mermaid princess (2 years ago)
Do you have a P.O. Box love your channel n would love to send you something nice 🌻
+emy ferris how kind! You can send mail to the HowStuffWorks HQ (snail mail address on the contact page)
Frighten (2 years ago)
I sweat from my head which is embracing enough , having to wipe your forehead and neck every 5 seconds sucks
Abby Kober (2 years ago)
at least you don't have pit stains 24/7
EbyKat (2 years ago)
We could take advice from actors and actresses and put panty liners in the pits of our shirts to prevent visible sweat.
+EbyKat I might have to upgrade to maxi pads for heavy days ;)
Marta Marta (2 years ago)
does Cristen edit these videos? the way these videos are edited always has me dead
+Marta Radanovic I don't - that's all my magical unicorn editor, Anney!
Lydia Faithful (2 years ago)
Anxiety is more common in girls due to the female hormone. Learn how to live with it.☺
lots-of-tater-tots (2 years ago)
Anybody else sweat when they're excited? After a long and great conversation with friends, I often find myself covered with sweat. Once, I sweated through a blazer because I was job shadowing and so excited about the job I was learning about! This can't just be me, right?
leekinnati (1 year ago)
lots-of-tater-tots yess
Jessica Andersen (2 years ago)
+horsesrmylife78 It mostly happens when I'm nervous
Some Thing (2 years ago)
+horsesrmylife78 It's not just you! And especially my palms.
Great video keep it up
ham damage (2 years ago)
blue mai (2 years ago)
i have/had this, every single day since i went to this new school i would sweat so badly because of my anxiety. it has gotten better but it seriously... sucks
MCR Guitar (2 years ago)
Yea I get it, I sweated a lot in my last school. I just use strong deodorant. Not sure what it's called in your country but in the UK it's Sure Maximum Protection, it's pretty good for me anyway
LadoftheWesternWaste (2 years ago)
Thanks for the video! please never retire from YouTube! :) (Unless, you know, you truly want/need to)
emilyshmelimy (2 years ago)
The first time I heard about stress sweat was from a deodorant commercial from a year or more ago. I thought it was a made up problem used to sell the product because I don't sweat when I'm stressed and I never noticed that other people did. I've since learned that everyone around me does sweat when stressed and I'm some kind of freak of nature that doesn't.
Hervin Javier (2 years ago)
lets switch armpits
Debbie Spiro (2 years ago)
I'm the same way!! And I have an anxiety disorder so I would've thought I would
+emilyshmelimy what a fortunate freak! :)
Nati Whatever (2 years ago)
+emilyshmelimy geeewwwd fer youuuuuuuu!!!!! no rlly, good for you. I sweat a lot in social surroundings. -_-'
Roman Espla (2 years ago)
this could fix everything
Plump Potato Rump (2 years ago)
This is me whenever I leave the house... ;____;
Niidea1986 (2 years ago)
And who are you, the proud lord said, that I must bow so low? (8)
ThatWayHome (2 years ago)
+Niidea1986 Only a cat of a different coat, that's all the truth I know.
MrsAttackins (2 years ago)
lol you just posted it. I never smelled the difference in people I know with anxiety

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