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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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My 2 year old daughter has a little hair under her arm and gets body odor when she is sweaty is this a problem? Is there a deodorant she can use?

My 2 year old daughter has a little hair under her arm and gets body odor when she is sweaty is this a problem? Is there a deodorant she can use?

Have her seen by ped: Children should not have body odor or arm pit hair before puberty. This may be a congenital hormonal disease. There have been cases where breastfed children of mothers taking hormones may be absorbing these. Also, if any parent is using topically applied hormones, take care not to let child come in contact with area of application. Have child seen by a pediatrician or pediatric endocrinologist. ...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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Sudden BAD body odor (underarm & vagina) & very oily/stringy/itchy hair. Started after switching from BC pill to IUD. Could they be related? Any tips?

Sudden BAD body odor (underarm & vagina) & very oily/stringy/itchy hair. Started after switching from BC pill to IUD. Could they be related? Any tips?

Yes: Yes, it might be related, especially if it is a hormaone containing IUD. Bathe with different antibacterial soap, lots of fruit in diet, and B vitamins with C may help ...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

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Is there any medicine at walmart that can stop body odor? Vaginal and armpit

Clindamycin: Body odor, aka bromhidrosis, is caused by several components of the skin flora, most commonly corynebacterium, propionibacteria, and staph aureus. If persistent in spite of deodorants, it can usually be managed with a topical antibiotic known as clindamycin. ...Read more

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What can I do if my armpits smell really bad. I don't know why, is it just body odor I can't get rid of?

What can I do if my armpits smell really bad. I don't know why, is it just body odor I can't get rid of?

Cleanse: Body odor is caused by perspiration and bacteria which are plentiful all over the body surface but grow excessively in moist closed spaces. Cleansing and antiperspirants will help the problem. ...Read more

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Why is that some people get strong armpit body odor and some don't ve any bo? Any way to clear this issue permanently to clear dependency of deodran

Not really: Body odor is driven largely by the secretion of the apocrine glands which are metabolized by bacteria on the skin. Apocrine glands are hormonally responsive. Other than artificially blocking otherwise useful hormones, there is unlikely to be a permanent reduction in body odor. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett; What type of malignancy did you have in mind, that causes (different than before) body odor under one armpit, please?

None: There is NO malignancy that would cause an odor in only one armpit. Odors here are from bacteria that live on the skin, mixing with sweat from the glands surrounding the hairs. The sweat odor can be affected by emotion, but not in only one pit! Keep very clean, wipe the pits with alcohol if you like, let dry then follow with a good deodorant containing aluminum chlorhydrate. Good luck! ...Read more

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Family member has strong body odor, but not from his armpits, it seems like it's from all over?

Body odor: Sweating is triggered by warm temperatures, exercise, physical exertion, or as a stress response to nervousness, fear, embarrassment or anger. Fluid from sweating with skin bacteria produce body odor.
Express your concern to the family member and suggest seeing a Physician for possible Diagnosis of infection, Diabetes, Hyperthyroidism, or Lung disease.
Then follow Treatment based upon Diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can body odor in armpit be cured?

Control: Can't be cured but controlled: good hygiene, deodorant, antiperspirant... Some foods will also change the odor of your sweat. ...Read more

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What causes body odor under one armpit, very strong odor on left armpithat causes bad body odor under one armpit?

Bacteria: Body odor has to do with the way bacteria on your skin metabolizes sweat. Sometimes eating onions and garlic make it worse also. See your dermatologist to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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Advice/tips/info about showers, hair, clothes, deodorant/body odor- gym hygiene etc. What machines should I use for first time members?

Advice/tips/info about showers, hair, clothes, deodorant/body odor- gym hygiene etc. What machines should I use for first time members?

Gym Shower Stalls: Consider every surface in the gym and on every piece of equipment as having some infectious disease. Therefore you should always dress for the part. This means that you should always wear at least a shirt and gym shorts never taking those off. When using the equipment make sure is it clean, and disinfected. Wear flops in the shower to prevent foot fungus, or shower with a small towel as a floor ma. ...Read more

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Whenever I take a shower I wash my armpits really well with dove body wash. When I get out & dry my armpits they still smell like body odor. Why?!?

Get scented Dove: Dove "for men" smells good. Irish spring smells good, too. Take a sniff of a few different soaps next time in the store. ...Read more

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How can I get ride of armpit body odor? I want to have sweat that doesn't smell. I used to sweat without smell a few years ago. On 20 mg zyprexa now.

How can I get ride of armpit body odor? I want to have sweat that doesn't smell. I used to sweat without smell a few years ago. On 20 mg zyprexa now.

Sweat leads to smell: Any surface of our body that is warm, dark, and wet. . . is going to smell eventually. But there is no such thing as dry and smelly. If the typical aluminum antiperspirants aren't working, add other ingredients like alkyl benzoate which kills bacteria. Forget the hype about clinical strength (20% aluminum). The TYPE of Al matters most which is ZIRCONIUM. Hope the olanzapine works well for you. ...Read more

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I have body odor on one of my armpits so I tried using aluminum chloride, but it didn't worked. I've also tried natural remedies but nothing works.?

Body Odor: Apocrine glands secrete a fatty sweat directly into the tubule of the gland. When you're under emotional stress, the wall of the tubule contracts and the sweat is pushed to the surface of your skin where bacteria begin breaking it down. Most often, it's the bacterial breakdown of apocrine sweat that causes an odor. You can try topical antibiotics and see if that helps. ...Read more

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I've had a body odor problem since my early teens every year it gets worse now I'm 26 and I have bad BO. My feet, armpits, groin, and feet all sweat and smell so bad even after a bath. Please help?

I've had a body odor problem since my early teens every year it gets worse now I'm 26 and I have bad BO. My feet, armpits, groin, and feet all sweat and smell so bad even after a bath. Please help?

Body odor: Body odor is very much affected by our diet. Medications and stress can also change it. Staying well hydrated with pure water. Eating a 'clean' diet (avoid fast foods, pre-packaged products, preservatives, excessive red meat) and regularly exercising will help reduce unnatural body odor. ...Read more

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I've noticed my 4 yr old has been having grown-up body odor under her arms. I haven't noticed any growth spurt or pubic hair. Can I use deodorant?

Discuss with pediatr: It's unusual for a child to develop that musty "grown-up body odor" so young. While there may be nothing wrong, it still deserves a visit to the pediatrician. Physical examination and probably some blood work are in order. ...Read more

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I've a lump in armpit for 3 months, went to my doctor, had ultra sound, . Not a lymph node. Now it stinks, bad body odor. What could it be?

Epidermoid cyst: It is most likely a cyst that has ruptured. These have a wall that needs to be removed or the lesion will continue to recur even if it is drained. ...Read more

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Notice change in body odor. I sweat in armpits more and deodorant not working. Smelt like cat pee. Also skin dryness and cracking on hand so sore.

Notice change in body odor. I sweat in armpits more and deodorant not working. Smelt like cat pee. Also skin dryness and cracking on hand so sore.

Body odor: Change in body odor MAY be a result of change in diet or a side effect of medication. Dry skin can be helped w/vitamin E oil applied topically and more good fats in diet, i.e., coconut oil and olive oil. Please ask your doctor about this. ...Read more

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