Avoiding hypothermia because of sweating

by Linda Wagers
(Eckville, Alberta, Canada)

I am a true outdoors nut but have a tendency to sweat BIG TIME with the slightest exertion and find that even the best of wicking materials just cannot keep me dry.

What I do is use a couple of thick terry cloth hand towels and cover both my front and back with them under my first layer of underwear. I have the tops of the towels pulled out at the neck to keep my collars dry and the bottoms tucked into the undies. After having done some activity (ie. hiking, hunting, building a shelter) I simply remove the soaking wet towels leaving a nice dry underlayer without having to strip down to bare skin to replace wet clothing!!


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Sweating
by: Anonymous

So if sweating in cold temps makes you more prone to hypothermia. Then what would the case be for someone who can't sweat? Would they not have to worry about hypothermia? Could they jump around to increase body temp since it won't make them sweat?

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sweating
by: annmariapeter

This has been found in the patients who are undergone the elective cesarean surgery. The hypothermic temperature was about 33.6 degree Celsius. And I feel like sharing this to all the women. She was sweating excessively.

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by: Linda Wagers

To Anonymous from Jan. 6, 2011...
I am quite well aware of proper layering, best wicking gear, etc., and I have done all that. I felt that should have been assumed in my post! Sorry you missed that point.

It is however, common for some people to simply perspire extensively such that no amount of proper wicking garment(s)or layering (or removing layers) can keep a person from eventually suffering hypothermia if they have so much moisture throughout their clothing! This is why I suggested having the towels that could be removed when one got to their destination! Rather than having to completely change clothing, this is a simple suggestion to eliminate being exposed completely to the cold air. Hope that helps clarify! Enjoy the outdoors!

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a bit complicated?
by: Anonymous

have you ever considered taking off layers? this is perhaps the easiest way to avoid sweating if your body temperature gets to that point.

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Important stuff, there.
by: Shaykh Idris

I saw a doco, last century some time, about the Inuit, which said that great care was taken not to raise a sweat , even when building a shelter. Perhaps you could pick up on the finer details from them? Even so, a serious matter in survival, even in temperate climes. Than you for giving us your slant on it.

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