Medical Matters: Swamp Ass and Other Summer Stuff

As defined by the Urban Dictionary: A common condition in which the ass crack and crotch becomes overly moist, sweaty, and stinky from one or all of the following:

  • Sweating on a hot day
  • Not bathing enough
  • Long day of work, sports, play
  • Incomplete wipe due to rush or laziness

Or it can be just ‘general swamp crotch’.

With this brutally hot and humid weather we have here right now, everyone probably suffers from this. You are walking, or sitting when all of a sudden you feel it. It feels like you have sat in a puddle.  The sweat glands around your butt — produce a sweat that’s odorless (usually). Normally no problem except a really uncomfortable feeling. But if one sits in the sweat too long, bacteria and germs will accumulate. It can lead to chronic itching and even a secondary infection as the skin will break down. So it is extra important to keep the area clean and dry as possible.

When I was Googling this topic (yes, there is a lot!) it mentioned that ‘cutting down on coffee may also help, since caffeine stimulates your central nervous system and activates your sweat glands.’ I for one would rather sit in the puddle.

A few suggestions:

  • Carry baby wipes with you. Swipe now and then.
  • Wear loose clothing. Linen is great!
  • Carry some baby powder with you.
  • Cotton granny panties for women work well. Skirts too!

If you sweat to the extreme, which is called hyperhidrosis, there is a new trend of using Botox. Although neurologic, endocrine, infectious, and other systemic diseases can sometimes cause hyperhidrosis, most cases occur in people who are otherwise healthy.

Sweating profusely goes hand in hand when living here in the summer months. If you have found a product/good solution to handle this, something different than carrying a regular ‘sweat rag’ with you, please email me! I will post on my Facebook page to share!

I have previously mentioned the Cooling Ties (they make them for dogs too!) and if there was ever a time to get one of these ties, it is now! They are a gel filled ‘band’ that one places around the neck and feel heavenly. If you would like contact info for these, let me know.

More time in the pool is a luxurious escape. Everyone surely needs more than one swimsuit these days. A big shout out to my friend Robina Oliver who has the shop ‘Curvas Peligrosas’. Top quality women’s swimsuits in real-women sizes abound in her shop. She is having a super-sale right now! Take advantage of these great deals and have a visit! Or I am happy to put you in touch with her!

School is out now and we look forward to the influx of tourists who arrive from all points around Mexico.  ¡Bienvenido!

Here’s to an invigorating week!

Pamela Thompson on Email
HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your TOTAL health and well-being. We offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. As well, we are here to answer any health-related questions that you might have in relation to the Puerto Vallarta area.