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Treating Body Odour
You can't stop BO: You can't kill all bacteria. Most of them are important for our health so don't blame them for your bad odor. Occasionally bacteria grow out of control and cause odor, then antibiotics are used but most of the time it is poor hygiene. If attention to hygiene does not solve the problem, then look for a medical or dental cause to treat. ...Read more
Over-the-counter: Drug stores have over-the-counter creams that have no "medications" like skin anesthetics, to relieve itching. One can consider the creams containing some type of menthol to be herbal. Such creams and oils have be used for many years, maybe even centuries. The ones in stores now are just the modern versions of them. Sometimes, general itching is due to internal disease, so a doctor should check. ...Read more
Severe acne: Acne on the trunk that you describe as "terrible" is probably deep cystic acne. You have a right to treatment with isotretinoin. Nothing else will work. If you are a female, be sure to get worked up for an underlying hormonal problem. The medication is powerful and not altogether pleasant, but if the diagnosis is correct you will get a good result. ...Read more
Moisture: Make sure that you are drying off completely with a clean towel. Do not get dressed until your body is dry or you may develop a musty, moldy odor similar to foot odor. Also, make sure that your towel is drying well and not developing a mildew odor that can be transferred to your body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: There is a 'pop' claim that mainstream deodorants and antiperspirants cause cancer, alzheimer's, and everything else, and that you need to use some 'natural holistic' stuff instead. It's bunk, made up for people who want to 'be close to nature' or whatever. Right or wrong, you can lose your job if your armpits stink, and they won't tell you why. You'll be sorry. ...Read more
Allergic reaction: You might be describing an allergic reaction to one of your medications (or some other allergen). Inform your prescribing doc who may recommend one or more medications. Or may recommend an antihistamine. If you notice lip/tongue swelling, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or difficulty swallowing/breathing, etc, it's an emergency & time to call 911. This is anaphylaxis (http://goo.gl/yyNGYg). ...Read more
Unknown: But I would doubt it would . The easiest way would be testing it out yourself. If it works for you, regardless of the mechanism. so much the better. ...Read more
Are antibacterial body washes bad for skin? Because i've heard it also kills good bacteria that your skin needs?
Soap: This is true. Some feel that if used frequently they can cause the opposite effects and result in less ability to fight infection. ...Read more
None: Sorry, no natural medicines reliably treat urinary tract infection. UTIs often clear on their own over 2-12 weeks, so if symptoms improve on a natural product, it isn't necessarily because of that treatment; or maybe not a UTI. Meantime you risk serious complications, such as kidney infection (pyelonephritis). Don't mess around with this; see a doctor for diagnosis and antibiotic prescription. ...Read more
Have vaginal odour aftr sex with husbnd.Hav read that inserting garlic into vagina will reduce bacterial infction &therefore the odour. Is it safe?
Bacteria or vampires: There is a common infection in women called bacterial vaginosis. It is usually well treated with antibiotics like flagyl. The garlic might work better for vampires than the bacteria. See your doctor and they can easily check to see if this is what is causing your problem. ...Read more
What I Recommend: Neutrogena body clear body wash twice daily. After wash, alternate neutrogena body clear body spray with a 10% Alpha hydroxy acid moisturizer (acne.Org has a good one). Good hygiene is also important, so make sure you shower and change clothes right away after a work-out. The degree of body acne can vary, if its irritated or severe you may need to see a doctor for a more thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treating vaginal Candida albicans. What type of soap should be used down there? Should I stop wearing underwear? Best safe practices?
Vaginal yeast: Vaginal yeast infection, usually caused by Candida albicans, is not sexually transmitted and there are no "safe practices" to worry about. And yeast because of tight clothing is an urban myth; underwear won't make a difference and neither will the soap you use. Make sure diagnosis is correct, get the right treatment (usually an "azole" medication), and otherwise don't worry about it. ...Read more