There are many people who suffer from a bad body odour, and it causes a massive dent in their self-esteem when they see people avoiding them or performing gestures that indicate a bad smell is coming from the affected individual.
The best way to find out if you are having a bad odour emanating from you, is to ask a close friend or family member if they can actually smell something offensive.
If they say that they do smell an odour that is difficult to get conditioned to, then there are ways to help one get rid of this problem.
You should be encouraged to shower or bath at least once a day, especially in warmer climates, as this helps to wash away sweat and, more importantly, bacteria on the skin that causes bad odours.
Sweat itself is basically odorless because it only contains salt and a few other impurities that don't result in a smell. The problem is the bacteria that live naturally on your skin that mix with the sweat, because they spread quickly and cause an odour.
The advice then is to wash yourself thoroughly with soap and water, especially the areas where bacteria grow very quickly such as the armpits and genitals.
Use an antibacterial soap that will reduce the amount of odour-producing bacteria.
Towel off properly
Make sure you dry yourself properly after taking a bath or shower, and dry the areas where you sweat a lot. Dry skin makes it harder for bacteria to breed and cause odour-related problems.
Use strong deodorants or anti-perspirants
Deodorants don't prevent sweating, but they can mask the odour produced by bacteria on your skin. Anti-perspirants contain aluminum chloride, which is a substance that reduces sweating.
Use your anti-perspirant or deodorant in the morning and in the evening.
Keep your wardrobe clean
Fresh clothes help to keep the chances of having a bad body odour to a minimum, so change clothes that you've sweated heavily in.
Also, make sure that you change your socks, especially if there's a tendency for your feet to have an odour. You can manage this problem by using deodorant powders, replacing the soles of your shoes and walking barefoot at times.
Reducing or cutting out the intake of certain foods or drinks
Food and drinks that make you sweat more such as spicy foods, hot peppers, alcohol or caffeine should be avoided. Also, the aroma from foods such as garlic and onions can be carried in the sweat which can cause a bad odour.
Excluding medical conditions
Certain medical conditions such as those that affect the oral cavity, genitals and gastrointestinal system need to be excluded as they can cause bad odours.
Teeth abscesses, food particles being stuck in the teeth and gums, severe constipation, fecal incontinence, bacterial vaginosis, vaginal thrush, rectovaginal fistula and rectal abscesses are just a few conditions that needs to be examined for and managed.
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