It has been shown in a previous chapter that the value of skin temperature at a given point is the result of an equilibrium between heat received from the body core, mainly via the blood, and heat lost into the environment. In turn, skin temperature is one of the most important factors determining the transfer of detectable heat. Skin circulation, which markedly affects skin temperature, is itself modified by a feedback system. Finally, variations in blood circulation to the skin produced by changes in skin temperature can affect cardiovascular function.
KeywordsSkin Temperature Heat Production Sweat Gland Skin Blood Flow Thermal Balance
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