Hyperhidrosis appears to be an associated factor in many conditions of the skin. Intertrigo, yeast infections, and fungous conditions of the extremities may be mentioned as illustrative of this association. Pyogenic infections, as well, appear at times to be related to hyperhidrosis. In studying the relationship between eczema and disturbance of carbohydrate metabolism, the conclusion was reached that a hyperglycemia was of etiologic significance. The suggestion was made that the hyperglycemia resulted in activation of the pathogenic organisms normally present on the surface of the skin.1 In view of this observation, an attempt was made to determine whether organisms would grow in human sweat.
Numerous studies have been carried out on the skin flora, the excretion of bacteria and their toxins through the sweat and sweat toxicity. As far as could be ascertained, however, there are no references in the literature to studies on human sweat as a culture