No Sweat: A Quest to Understand Body Odor

An adult male sweats enough in one day to fill a six-pack of soda cans. Whew! Maybe you know someone who sweats more! Why do humans have this stinky habit? Your mission is to find out by sweating through the following puzzle.

Your Mission: Explore the following Web sites and use the clues to unscramble the words in our word scramble. Of course, you’ll have to figure out where the answers are located on the Web pages, but what kind of health detective would you be if you couldn’t do that?

1. eatrw = [___] ___ ___ ___ ___
The two main ingredients of sweat are sodium chloride (common salt) and this.
http://www.bulls.se/interactive/sweat/sweat1.htm

2. sirmde = ___ [___] ___ ___ ___ ___
Sweat glands are found within this inner layer of skin.
http://www.vilenski.com/science/humanbody/hb_html/skin.html

3. tahe = ___ [___] ___ ___
Sweat is one of the main ways your body dispels this, keeping your body temperature under control.
http://www.hhp.ufl.edu/keepingfit/ARTICLE/SWEAT.HTM

4. srtnaiipptnaser = ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ [___] ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
One way to fight stinky sweat odor is to use these to clog sweat glands.
http://www.swmed.edu/home_pages/library/consumer/bodyodor.htm

5. raatecib = ___ [___] ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
This culprit is the reason sweat is so stinky.
http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/yucky/sweat_prt.htm

6. corpiane = ___ ___ ___ ___ [___] ___ ___ ___
If the body had an executive branch, this gland’s title would be Chief of Stench. Its secretion and bacteria make for a foul friendship.
http://gourmetconnection.com/ezine/articles/998sweat.shtml

7. ginatnp = ___ ___ ___ [___] ___ ___ ___
Humans may sweat to reduce body heat, but this is how dogs keep cool.
http://www.bulls.se/interactive/sweat/sweat2.htm

Final Riddle: Unscramble the boxed letters in the answers above to solve the riddle.

Riddle: If it’s cold, you should have one; if you have hyperhidrosis, you are one.
Answer: A heavy ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Hint: Click here to find out what hyperhidrosis is.

Answers
1. Water
2. Dermis
3. Heat
4. Antiperspirants
5. Bacteria
6. Apocrine
7. Panting

Clue: Hyperhidrosis is when a person sweats a lot.


 
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