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Question: sweating bleach??

 dzscrub - Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:44 pm

The past few months I've been noticing that when I sweat at night, my clothes and/or sheets bleach out. My once blue pillowcase has turned yellow in a months' time.

what could be causing this??
I am 35 y.o., female
recently had a laparoscopy
on Lexapro for depression
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Thu Feb 15, 2007 7:03 pm

User avatar Hello,

Sweat secretion is a salty, watery solution produced by sweat glands. Sebum and sweat mix to form a protective layer.

Sweat secretion is acidic with a ph from about 4 to 5.5 (mildly acidic) that is of the skin.

The ph differs slightly from one part to another, and is more acidic where staphylococcal infection is present.

The fact that your sweat secretion causes this bleaching effect, means that it has more acidic ph.

Acid wastes from the body are excreted in the urine and the sweat secretion.
Certain types of food and metabolic disorders like DM my result in acidosis.

I advise you o seek direct clinical examination.
Keep us updated.
Best regards.

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