Odor since mastectomy

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I recently had a bilateral mastectomy. Since then my left arm it wreaks! I cannot wash the smell Away. Deodorant doesn't help...I'm too young to smell this bad ! Help!


Hi Rachelle, thank you for your question. It often happens that after a hospital visit the armpit microbiome changes. Due to the antibiotics and bactericide products, both topically and orally taken, the armpit microbiome changes. With mastectomy, the skin needs to be free of bacteria to prevent infection after surgery. When the bacteria recolonize, this can lead to an altered microbiome. In this case a microbiome that leads to more malodors. Hopefully your 'old' microbiome can re-establish. Best, Chris