Archive for category Body Odor
Sweating and body odor are trivial matters for the average person. They are easily dealt with by way of antiperspirants, deodorants and cool temperatures. There are people, however, who must constantly cope with excessive sweating and body odor. This problem is nothing like the typical sweating everyone does when it’s very hot or they’ve been active. Sweat and body odor of this kind are a serious problem that can ruin someone’s life. In some cases, people with this problem avoid appearing in public out of fear that others will judge them. There are, fortunately, steps you can take to treat this problem.
Personal hygiene such as regular bathing is a good way to help combat excessive sweating and body odor problems. Remembering to shower or bathe each day at a regular time will make the issue less prominent. Odor causing bacteria will be washed away out of your pores each time you bathe or shower. This also gets rid of dried on sweat that has accumulated during the day and night. Some will benefit from more than one shower or bath per day. It is imperative for you to be sure that you are bathing at least once per day no matter what.
Not all cases can be treated by clothing choices, though; some will need medical help. The most common medications prescribed for treatment are anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications. These medications are good at keeping a person calm and even tempered. Your body’s natural reaction to anger or anxiety is to increase the sweat gland’s production. By remaining calm when under stress, you will sweat less. This in turn lowers the body odor that needs to be covered up. Read the rest of this entry »
Actually, most of the sweat that we produce does not have any smell. Eccrine glands, found in most of the exposed areas of the body, produce a watery sweat that usually evaporates quickly, leaving behind only dry skin, which does not attract much odor-producing bacteria. Apocrine glands produce sweat that bacteria love, and the odor created from the combination of eccrine and apocrine sweat can be a humdinger. The apocrines are located in parts of the body where moisture can collect and thus attract bacteria. So if your daily shower does not seem to be enough to keep your body odor at bay, here are some ways that you might wish to adopt.
1. Watch What You Are Eating
Certain foods, particularly spicy foods and those made with garlic, can increase body odor. If you suspect that a food or spice is causing your body odor problem, eliminate if from your diet to see if that helps.
2. Air Out Your Shoes
For as many hours as possible, go barefoot. Let your shoes air out for at least 24 hours between wearings.
3. Try Antibacterial Soap
Since body odor is the result of apocrine secretions combining with bacteria, an antibacterial soap can temporarily eliminate the source of the most offensive odors. Some antibacterial soaps, however, can dry out or irritate your skin. In that case, use a soap substitute like Dove or Cetaphil to help add moisture when washing the less odor-producing parts of your body. Read the rest of this entry »