Body odour is a very serious problem. Sometimes it can be so bad that it becomes unbearable. And this begs the question: What causes body odour, and how can a person get rid of it?
It is important to note that body odour can sometimes be a medical condition. Bromhidrosis is a foul-smelling body odour related to your sweat. It is also known by other clinical terms, including osmidrosis and bromidrosis. Also, certain factors may make you more prone to getting body odour. This includes your weight, genetics, stress, or even the things you eat. Nonetheless, the following can help reduce body odour:
Tips for Preventing Body Odor
Keep Yourself Clean
Shower twice a once a day, and if possible after any activity that makes you sweat. When you do, you’ll wash away sweat and get rid of some of the bacteria on your skin. Use antibacterial soap. Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will help get rid of some bacteria, which can help with the odour.
Keep Your Underarms Dry
Bacteria have a hard time breeding in dry areas of the body. Shaving your underarms regularly will also help prevent the accumulation of bacteria and can reduce sweat and odour. Excessive hair creates a swampy area which may result in bacterial growth, which is likely to make you smell bad.
Use Underarm Products
There are two types of underarm products: deodorants and antiperspirants. Deodorants make your underarms less hospitable for bacteria. They also help mask body odour with a fragrance. Antiperspirants block sweat glands to reduce perspiration. If you don’t sweat much but still get body odour, deodorants are a good choice. If you sweat a lot, look for a product that is both an antiperspirant and a deodorant. If you have a strong body odour, look for a product with higher amounts of active ingredients.
Watch What You Eat
What you eat affects how you smell. Foods that tend to make you sweat more, such as hot peppers or other spicy foods, might also lead to body odour. And the aroma of foods like onions or garlic can be carried in your sweat. Drinks with caffeine or alcohol may also make you sweat more.
You Might Need a Doctor
If you have excessive sweating ( hyperhidrosis), talk to your doctor. There are some options for those with more severe sweating who want more aggressive treatments. Also, certain medical problems can lead to excessive sweating. Your doctor can make a diagnosis and prescribe treatment.