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Topic: Sweat Glands

The outermost layer of germ cells (called “ectoderm”), give rise to skin, hair, nails, teeth, and sweat glands. Ectodermal dysplasias are characterized by abnormal development of these cells.

People with many types of ectodermal dysplasia have diminished sweating due to missing or non-functioning sweat glands.

In this library article, you will learn the following:

  • how sweat glands function;
  • how ectodermal dysplasias can affect sweat glands and what those effects are;
  • what hypohidrosis is;
  • why sweating is essential for health; and
  • signs of overheating and hyperthermia.

Also, learn about hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, which is the most common type of ectodermal dysplasia, and how affected individuals

You can read how hypohidrosis differs from hyperhidrosis and anhidrosis. Plus, find out how to manage when your sweat glands don’t work properly.

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