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What causes body odor?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Sweat: It is acted on by skin bacteria to produce b.O. The only treatment is good hygiene.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of body odor to form?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Bromhidrosis: The chief cause of body odor is a small bacterium which is said to be gram-positive. This bacterium grows in the axillary or arm pit regions of the body as well as the groin and other areas. Since it is the main culprit in bromhidrosis or as we commonly know it b.O., it is wiser to use a topical antibiotic that any of the other solutions available over-the-counter.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are some things that could be causing me to have body odor?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Stress: Eccrine sweat glands produce salty water to cool body when it's hot. Apocrine sweat glands produce a fatty sweat which causes odor when broken down by bacteria. Apocrine glands are found is hairy areas—scalp, armpits, groin.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Things you eat can cause this also, such as heavy garlic and other spices. There are also some illnesses which can produce odors -- and which your family physician can help rule out for you, if this continues into more worrying than comfortable.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What causes bad body odor?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 51 years experience
Poor hygiene: Excess sweating. Eating highly seasoned foods like garlic, not bathing frequently, having skin infections, certain body secretions, incontinence - all of these can cause strong body odors.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of persistent body odor?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 51 years experience
Excess sweating or l: Excess sweating or lack of regular bathing are common causes of a body odor. Soetimes things that one eats can also cause an odor like garlic. Some people with certain metabolic diseases also secrete substances that have odors.
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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can diabetes cause body odor?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: If you are overweight you could overgrowth of bacteria especially in folds groin and armpits which leads to body odor. Control the diabetes, lose weight and a antibacterial soap such as lever 2000 will decrea bacteria which cause body odor.

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