Sweat Glands and Lymph Nodes

sweat glands and the skinThe dermis is the site of the sweat glands and lymph vessels, along with containing fibroblasts, melanocytes and other cell types.

An average human body has around four million sweat glands which are responsible for regulating body temperature and helping eliminate some toxins and metabolic waste. The number of sweat glands varies between sites on the body with an abundance of such glands on the palms and soles.

Keeping Cool

Homeostatic mechanisms respond to an increase in body temperature by opening up sweat glands onto the pores of the skin in order to secrete water and other substances. As the water evaporates it cools down the skin and the pores then close back up again in an ongoing cycle of temperature regulation.
lymphatic system

The Lymphatic System

Lymph vessels do not excrete substances out onto the skin but, instead, drain excess fluid between cells and deal with threats to the body, such as bacteria or viruses.

Lymph fluid is not pumped around the body through the vast network of lymph vessels and nodes. It is the regular contraction and relaxation of muscles during daily activities that squeezes and pushes the fluid around the system. The lymphatic system also transports fats and fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K and B12) around the body after absorption from the gut.

What is Lymph and Why do Lymph Nodes Swell?

Lymph fluid is a mix of white blood cells, fats, water and proteins. Dehydration, excess dietary fat and inadequate protein can all contribute to a sluggish lymphatic drainage system, resulting in poorer immune system function, swollen lymph nodes and skin issues from toxic build-up.

When the body is infected by bacteria or another organism the invader is trapped in the lymph nodes, which become enlarged, in order to concentrate the attack from the immune system.

As the infection is killed by immune system cells the dead organisms are flushed through the lymphatic system to be eliminated. Lymph nodes remain swollen for a short period after infection as the concentration of white blood cells and other immune system components gradually reduces.

One thought on “Sweat Glands and Lymph Nodes

  1. it is something of a wonder to me that the heart and blood flow system in the human body is something that is spoken about as being very important ( which it is ) but the lymphatic the lymphatic system can and does have far reaching effects on the health of the human body with its many pumping stations and filters and transfer points as it distributes its good will and cleans house on its way I am 78 years old with no medical knowledge and I take no medication whatsoever and I have only in recent times ( 18 months ago ) have found out about the lymphatic system and its importance while I myself have been very active throughout my life and still am as I for some reason or other have always looked forward to a good sweat and a work out my older friends are very sedate and just sit around and I have all but given up explaining to them the benefits of a exercise but in saying that I was unaware of why I feel so good after my walks and work outs until I happened to read about the workings lymphatic system and its mechanical pumping stations ( muscular movement) around 18 months ago and I have been a bit of an advocate on the subject with some of my older friends and reason for my writing this little article is that there are lots of health and fitness and exercise programmes around but none seem to mention the Lymphatic system but plenty about the heart and its circulation which is a pity , Cheers Terry G,

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