How do sweat glands protect the human body?

1 Answer
Sep 3, 2016


Sweat glands are small tubular structures present in the skin. They produce a water based secretion called sweat.


Main functions are :

1) Thermoregulation
Sweat cools the surface of the skin and reduces the body temperature.

2) Excretion
Sweat provides a route for excretion of water and electrolytes.

3) Protection
Sweat helps to maintain the acid mantle of the skin that creates a primary barrier for pathogenic micro organisms.

There are two types of sweat glands A) Eccrine glands
B) Apocrine glands