apocrine glands


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Related to apocrine glands: Apocrine sweat glands

apocrine glands

Sweat glands that produce body odor. They occur in the armpits and genital area and become active at puberty.
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There's also the apocrine glands. These can be found in our armpits and genital region, and often produces a protein-rich version of our sweat whenever we're excited or aroused.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder affecting areas rich in apocrine glands. Nodules appear in the affected areas and progressively become swollen with spontaneous rupture and release of pus.
Some cases of nevus sebaceus also possess apocrine glands (or eccrine glands with apocrine features).
Misago and Narisawa hypothesized the reason to be special structures of skin in these areas such as abundant apocrine glands and subcutaneous tissue.[5] As in our case, the lesion was found on the right groin, also a nonsun-exposed region.
By contrast, apocrine glands occur in areas that contain a lot of hair follicles, like the groin and armpit.
Hair follicles and glands with ducts can also be found in this skin layer, along with sweat glands, apocrine glands, and sebaceous glands.
HS is a chronic, inflammatory skin disorder that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin, affecting areas rich in apocrine glands such as the armpits, breasts and groin.
Vascular alterations are due to distension, instability, and proliferation of vessels leading to spider angiomas, palmar erythema, varicosities, and gingival edema.7 Similarly, glandular activity may also be altered.10 Secretions of sebaceous and eccrine glands is increased while that of apocrine glands is decreased.7 The underlying mechanisms of most cutaneous changes of pregnancy include increased activity of the maternal adrenal and pituitary glands along with a contribution from the developing fetal endocrine glands, increased cortisone levels, accelerated metabolism, and enhanced production of progesterone and estrogen hormones.11
"It has a high affinity for adipose tissue, and we believe that its targeted effect at the level of the eccrine and apocrine glands should help improve hyperhidrosis.
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the apocrine glands, which mostly occurs in the axillar, inguinal, perianal, and perineal regions, as well as the inframammary fold and the intermammary cleft.
It originates from the apocrine glands and is characterised by suppuration and mucopurulent secretion, fistulae, unaesthetic scars and cicatricial retractions.