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A 24-year-old female asked:

I notice my underarm smell after awhile, i clean myself daily, put on deterrent daily, what could cause the oder? or maybe it's just my nose..

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Diet, clothes: Diet can effect odor. Also wearing very old clothes can contribute. Some clothes never fully lose the smell and although apparently okay, when you get hot the smell reactivates. Think old tennis shoes here. Also there are better products. Mitchum's is very long-acting. Just don't exceed the frequency. If still a problem, check with your doc and see if anything physical might be causing it.
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Provided original answer
There are some uncommon diseases that have body odor changes or changes in the quantity of sweating as a part of their symptoms. Also docs can prescribe prescription antiperspirants, etc.. Some Medications affect sweating (more or less) as well. So if you tried the easy stuff, and unscented Mitchum's fails you, time to see a doc.
Aug 9, 2014
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Some people: have different body odors and some are harder to manage. Take daily showers, practice good hygiene and experiment with different anti-perspirant and deodorants. And perhaps you are right and your nose is more sensitive. Dont worry from a medical point of view.

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