A sudden wave of heat washes over your body, as you begin to feel the sweat pouring from your body in an attempt to cool your body back to regulated temperatures. This has been ensuing more and more frequently, with the excessive sweating and sudden occurring heat waves taking over. Hot flashes and sweating are a very common symptom in many women who are experiencing menopause, with up to 85 percent of women reporting this symptom.
Menopause is a naturally occurring condition in women and is the change a woman goes through either just before or after the conclusion of menstruating – marking the end of her reproductive period. According to the National Institute of Ageing, menopause in women typically takes place between the ages of 45 and 55 years of age – and it can last for around 7 years, upwards to 14 years in some individuals.
If you are currently experiencing menopause than you are familiar with the persisting issue of sweat and the smell that it can leave behind on your clothes and on your bed sheets from night sweating.
In this article we are going to discuss the issue of menopause and sweating, and how you can successfully combat the odors that are produced from the sudden and excessive sweating during menopause.
Why Am I Always Sweating?
Excessive sweating either sporadically throughout the day or specifically at night can be a real bothersome and something that you will want to rectify ASAP. There are many different causes that can elicit frequent sweating, and thus consulting your trusted doctor can help you to narrow down and conclude the reason behind why you are always sweating. In women, particularly those who are in their 40s to 50s, that are experiencing excessive sweating and hot flashes could be experiencing the dreaded symptoms of menopause.
With menopause, women will undergo acute to severe hot flashes that will elicit the production of sweat as the body’s response to the elevated temperature and its pursuit to re-regulate the body’s temperature. During menopause it is very common to experience sweating particularly night sweats where excessive sweating occurs at night when you are sleeping.
What Causes Night Sweats in Females
Night sweats are fairly common in women and can be caused by different hormonal changes that occur inside the female body. Women who are going through both perimenopause and menopause are likely to develop this sweaty-issue, and the night sweats can be brutal. Perimenopause is a normal phase a woman goes through pre-menopause where the ovaries produce less estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone – this will lead to irregularity in menstrual periods. This altering change in levels of estrogen is the reason behind the intense sweating that happens at night.
Other than perimenopause and menopause there are other causes that can elicit night sweats such as the following:
- Cold, flu, fever
- Panic disorder, anxiety
- And side effects from medication
Why Does Sweat Smell?
The sweat that your body produces whether during physical activity or in response to menopause symptoms will all emit an odor that we often times associate with the actual sweat that your body makes, however, this is not exactly true. The smell of body odor comes from normal skin bacteria breaking down the sweat secretions released from the sweat glands. There are close to 150 different types of bacteria that can be found on the human body, particularly in the underarm area, that can help to create the unpleasant aroma that is produced when combined with sweat.
Body odor originates from the apocrine glands in the armpits, breasts, eyelids and ears. This gland is mainly responsible for body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein, which bacteria can break down easily. During this process where the bacteria is broken down it will produce that pungent smell of body odor that tends to get mistaken for sweat that is produced from the body.
How to Get Sweat Smell Out of Clothes
Sweat produced from menopause can take a toll on not only your body but also on the clothes that are absorbing this sweat and body odor into its fabric. When you sweat one of the first things that is impacted by the sweat is your clothes and overtime this will lead to a development of foul odor on these items that can be hard to completely eliminate. The way you treat, wash, and dry your sweaty clothes matters as it can lead to a permanent stench of sweat on the material of your clothes.
- Air Out Sweaty Clothing: Damp moisture is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria to harbor onto, particularly on your clothing. Bacteria combined with sweat will create that foul odor of B.O. that engraves its odor into the fabric of your clothes. After you have sweated in a shirt or pants it will be beneficial to air out the clothing and let them hang dry to avoid further cumulation of bacteria on the fabric.
- Turn Clothes Inside Out Before Washing: When you sweat the odor is absorbed within the inside of your shirt mainly which will require that this area is thoroughly cleaned to remove the stench it is holding within the fabric. By turning your clothes inside out when washing them can help to target the odors in the clothes and remove it.
- Add OdorKlenz Sport Laundry to Your Wash Cycle: Sometimes regular detergent just won’t cut it when it comes to removing stubborn, smelly odors in your fabrics. Laundry detergent will occasionally work as a masking agent, only covering up the odors behind flowery scents, and this will not be helpful when it comes to sweat odors. The OdorKlenz Sport Laundry, on the other hand, will be the perfect addition to successfully eradicate and expel these sweat odors from the fabric completely in one wash!
How to Get Rid of Night Sweat Odor in Sheets
During menopause night sweating will become all too familiar and potentially something that you will struggle with greatly, both health wise and cleaning wise (when it comes to removing B.O. from you bed sheets!). When we sweat in our sheets it can create a funky, less-than-fresh smell that can be hard to remove with just detergent in your washing machine. Similar to washing sweaty clothes, washing sweaty, smelly sheets is no different – it will require the same process and attention.
The OdorKlenz Sport Laundry Additive will work just as effective on your sweaty clothes as on your sweaty bed sheets. OdorKlenz utilizes a patented earth mineral technology that is highly effective at neutralizing and/or breaking down noxious odors and chemical odors found within the fabric. OdorKlenz Sport Laundry is specifically designed to work against the exact chemistry behind sweat, allowing it to be a one-of-a-kind sweat odor neutralizer.