THE USE OF SMALL SKIN SURFACE AREAS FOR WHOLE BODY SWEATING ASSESSMENT

Authors
  1. Custance, A.C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Chemical Biological and Radiation Labs, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Moisture loss from a representative area of the skin of the dorsum under a capsule covering 14 sq. cm was measured by an apparatus which automatically altered the flow of dry air to keep the humidity of the effluent constant. In four subjects exercising on a treadmill at 3.5 m.p.h. the correlation coefficient between the area under the curves so obtained and the total body weight loss was very high (more than 0.93), and there was also good correlation after sweating was partially suppressed by atropine. Short-period fluctuations were simultaneous and highly correlated between bilaterally symmetrical areas of skin. It is concluded that moisture loss from a single area of skin can be used to represent changes in the rate and pattern of sweating of the whole body.
Report Number
DCBRL-468 — Reprint; Previously accessioned as DSIS 66-02352
Date of publication
15 Mar 1965
Number of Pages
8
Reprinted from
Canadian J of Physiology and Pharamcology, vol 43, 1965, p 971-977
DSTKIM No
92-03734
CANDIS No
127084
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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