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What causes bromhidrosis?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Bromhidrosis is the medical term for body odor, which is caused by bacteria and yeasts breaking down sweat on the skin. Everyone sweats. But when sweat stays on the skin and bacteria begin to break it down, the result is an unpleasant odor.

Normally, body odor can be kept in check by bathing regularly, especially after exercise, and using an underarm antiperspirant or deodorant. If you have excessive sweating that causes persistent body odor, consult a doctor, who can tell you about treatment options, including prescription antiperspirants.

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