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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredIf you have a problem with body odor, the first step is to bathe daily. Use mild soap and towel off thoroughly when you're done. This will help remove naturally occurring bacteria, which interact with sweat to promote odor. You may want to consider using antibacterial soap. Antiperspirants and deodorants can help control sweating and odor. Taking other steps, such as wearing clean clothes made of cotton and other all-natural fibers, will help limit body odor, too. If problems persist, talk to a doctor, who can recommend other treatments.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Susan Evans, Dermatology, answeredManaging body odor is a fairly easy task. Try the following suggestions to see if they help you to keep your offensive odors under control:
• Because of the great number of apocrine glands found in your underarm area, bathing with warm water and soap is the best way to control odor. If the weather is very hot, or if you sweat heavily, you may consider showering twice a day.
• Because underarm hair slows down the evaporation of sweat, you may consider shaving your armpits to help prevent odors.
• Daily application of deodorant or antiperspirant helps because deodorants have a nice smell while they acidify your skin, making it more difficult for bacteria to grow and multiply. Antiperspirants temporarily block the apocrine glands, minimizing sweating.
• Clothing choices can make a difference. Try to wear natural fibers that allow your skin to breathe. Choose cottons, linens, silks, or wool.
• Food can sometimes cause problems with body odor. Garlic, onions, curry, and a diet high in red meat can sometimes be responsible for offensive body odor.
• Tobacco is a big source of body odor, not only on your breath, but coming through your skin as well.Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.