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Will shaving my armpit hair reduce body odor?

Will shaving my armpit hair reduce body odor?

It might: Armpit hairs can slow down sweat evaporation and trap oils and smells. But even if you shave closely, if you don't keep the armpit clean, you can have an odor. Some people also need a deodorant or antiperspirant to keep odors down. I personally think some odor is natural and that we tend to get overly concerned here in the usa. ...Read more

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Body Odor (Definition)

Body odor is a symptom in which a person has a strong, undesirable odor usually coming from the mixture of sweat, bodily oils, bodily chemicals, and skin bacteria in the warmer, moist parts of the body. Babies and young children should have little or no body odor ...Read more


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Would shaving your underarm hair reduce body odor?

Would shaving your underarm hair reduce body odor?

Body odor: I presume you are male. No, shaving under arm will not reduce body odor. Make sure you shower carefully and soap under your armpits. When you have dried off there is plenty of under arm products you can purchase at a pharmacy or major store. ...Read more

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If waxing your armpit reduce body odor?

If waxing your armpit reduce body odor?

No: Body odor is a combination oils produced by your skin and bacteria that live on your skin. You can make things better by eating healthier food , less sugar/starch and stay away from food cooked high temperature oils. The other thing to try is using a salt based deodorant. ...Read more

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My 4 yo daughter has underarm body odor like an adult would have. She shows no other abnormal signs-no hair, breast development. Is this a problem?

My 4 yo daughter has underarm body odor like an adult would have. She shows no other abnormal signs-no hair, breast development. Is this a problem?

This does happen: with children sometimes without any underlying reason or problem. However, I would recommend discussing this with her pediatrician, and having her examined by them also. They may suggest some laboratory testing to rule out a metabolic or endocrine problem, but they may also determine that it is not a problem and allow you to use a basic deodorant only product. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has underarm body odor and I've noticed pubic hair. We have a history of PCOS and Growth Hormone disorders in my family. Help!

My 4 year old has underarm body odor and I've noticed pubic hair. We have a history of PCOS and Growth Hormone disorders in my family. Help!

Premature: Your description fits with premature puberty. See her doctor and be referred to an endocrinologist. She requires investigations and likely medication. All the best. ...Read more

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Precocious puberty hi, we have an 8 1/2 yr old boy. We are noticing that his underarm hair is visibly darker and has visible upper lip hair. He is prone to developing body odour, though does not drink enough water and sweats easily. We raised the conce

Precocious puberty hi, 

we have an 8 1/2 yr old boy. We are noticing that his underarm hair is visibly darker and has visible upper lip hair. He is prone to developing body odour, though does not drink enough water and sweats easily.

We raised the conce

Andrenarche: What you are describing all fits with the activities of the adrenal glands, which can become more active a couple years before puberty.Boys first sign of puberty is the change in their testis from peanut size to giant olive. Your info was cut off mid sentence... I see this in normal kids.If concerned get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

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Hi. I heard that Armpit hair increase Odors. Does I should remove it to reduce odors?

Hi. I heard that Armpit hair increase Odors. Does I should remove it to reduce odors?

The hair can: be a conduit for bacterial overgrowth so if yu feel its necessary to shave go ahead but also good hygiene and what you eat contributes to odor and of course use deodorant ...Read more

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This is weird I have always had 0 body odor in my armpits and suddenly overnight I have BO but it can't be puberty I'm 27. What happened??

Dietary: intake can affect your sweat! Have you started eating/drinking anything unsual or "different" fro you usual diet. You should also get your sugar, liver function and kidney function checked out (simple blood tests) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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How can you stop armpit (body odor) smell?

How can you stop armpit (body odor) smell?

Hygiene: And deodorant. Also avoid spicy foods and certain vegetables if they seem to aggravate the problem. Check w/your doctor. ...Read more

Axilla (Definition)

Area of human body directly under the joint where the shoulder connects to the arm. It contains axillary vessels, brachial nerve plexus, lymph nodes & vessels, axillary ...Read more