How to deal with bad body odour according to a doctor

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The reason this happens is because when we sweat, the bacteria that lives on our skin breaks it down, producing chemicals that have a bad odour. People who tend to sweat excessively, therefore tend to have more of a problem with body odour and tackling the sweating is usually the easiest way to solve the problem.

What You'll Need

  • Antiperspirant

What You'll Do

  • Avoid tight fitting, man made clothing, heavy boots and trainers, and try to only wear leather shoes to help avoid excessive sweating. It may be that you have to change your clothes more frequently during the day to make sure that any sweat on your clothes does not have time to linger and start to be broken down by the bacteria. It would also be worth investing in more than one pair of work shoes so that you can alternate them, ensuring that they dry properly each day.
  • Think about switching your deodorant for an Antiperspirant. The former simply covers the smell from excessive seating, whilst an antiperspirant tackles the actual sweating which is the source of the problem.
  • Shaving your armpits may also help reduce the smell, as the hair allows the sweat to stick to it and creates the perfect environment for bacteria to get to work in.
  • Have a chat with you local pharmacist. There are lots of things you can buy over the counter which may help such as armpit sweat shields, to help absorb the sweat and prevent it getting onto your clothes. 20% aluminium chloride hexahydrate applied to the armpits, palms and soles of the feet at night can also be very effective.

Tips & Warnings

  • If none of these things works, or if you have any accompanying symptoms of weight loss, fever or night sweats, it would be worth seeing your GP for a chat.
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