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Question posted by terry
my father suddenly developed a terrible smell a few years ago that just seems to be on his whole body. it stays in his shower, washer & dryer, car, and obviously clothes and sheets. he has no new health issues or medications. i dont know where it originates - - could it be his armpits, and then the smell is so strong that it permeates all of his stuff? are there any specifically medical tests he should be having, in case it's due to some hidden illness?
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Question posted by Kerry
Hi- About a year ago, I noticed that my 21 year old daughter had developed a sour armpit odor. This seemed to coincide with, but may not be related to, the four months she spent studying abroad in Thailand. She definitely did not have this problem in high school when she could play a competitive 2 hour singles tennis match without armpit odor. Now, she smells without even working out. No one else in the extended family has this issue. I do not have a problem, so would like to give her an armpit bacteria transfusion. What would be the steps to properly go about this? Or, how about using a probiotic topical spray, like LiviaOne or Mother Dirt's AO + Biome Mist? What steps should be used make a probiotic spray the most effective? I do notice that washing her clothes in laundry detergent along with a cup of vinegar takes the smell right out. I thought washing her armpits with body soap followed by wiping with vinegar and deodorant would help her armpits, but then is she just getting rid of any good bacteria she has there, also? Thank you for your help. She is getting married in May and it would be nice to have this under control by then as not to be embarrassed on her wedding day. You can answer me here, but I am not sure how I will know that you have made a reply. So, could you maybe reply to me at kswier@lcc.ctc.edu?
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Question posted by Mermaid
Hello Dr.Armpit, I was wondering if I can ask my doctor to do a skin analysis of my armpit bacteria. I do have eczema and I wonder if it contributes to having more bacteria in the armpit. My feet also smell and so do my breasts...I did Miradry but without any results...thanks!
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Question posted by Nikole
I have had laser hair removal in both of my underarms. I have always used some sort of natural deodorant, but spareling. I've always tried to stay away from any sort of antiperspirant, for fear that spreading Al on my skin was harmful. After my laser hair removal I noticed an increase in BO in my underarms. It has increased and now is terrible. With in an hour of a shower I have that oniony smell and have full blown BO. Historically, I could forget to even wear deodorant and I would be fine. Now, I have to reapply throughout the day or I stink! My diet has stayed relatively consistent and I've had no significant medical/medication changes in over 12 years. What can I do?
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Question posted by Beleeve
I have suffered from under arm odor since puberty. I am now 54yrs old and I have finally found something that helps. I found it by searching the web for Bromidrosis. Someone said they use margarita zinc cream. It has a tint that could stain your clothes but they also have pills. It mentioned using this wit Dentarome toothpaste which is a natural toothpaste on Young Living website but I just use the cream and it has been very effective. If you try it please give feedback. So many lives can be helped if this is an effective treatment.
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Question posted by Frank
Dear Dr. Callwaert, I have an inquiry that is perhaps unusual but something of great interest to me. Is it possible to PROPAGATE axillary body odor, not counteract it, using the same method of the Armpit Microbiome Transfer? Thank you.
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Question posted by Frank
Dear Dr. Callwaert, I have an inquiry that is perhaps unusual but something of great interest to me. I would like to PROPAGATE axillary body odor, not counteract it. Is there any way to naturally, or otherwise, cultivate the axillary bacterium known to CAUSE body odor? If there is, would you please share this information with me? Thank you.
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Question posted by muddyboy
Dear dr Armpit, I have become interested in probiotic products like "mother dirt", which use ammonia oxidizing bacteria against undesired body odor. However, a product like this is much to expensive for me to use on a daily basis. Since these bacteria are available in soil in large numbers, I am considering a self-experiment. I would collect a small amount of healthy forest soil and feed it with ammonia and possibly nitrite. After a week or so, I would flush the soil with water and spray the water onto my armpits daily for a set time, evaluating the effects myself. During the experiment, I would not use any soap or deodorant. I would like to ask you if you see any specific risks to my approach. I understand that any other guidance on a self-experiment is a touchy thing to ask from a doctor, but any pointers would be appreciated. Thank you. PS I find the captcha test on this site almost impossible.
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Question posted by NotGivingUp
Hello Dr Armpit, how are you? I did some researchs and found that hair follicle *infection* could be the cause to body odor. A man actually used to have that strong BO problem but solved it with anti fungal treatments. He says the smell is gone for good. What do you think about it? I'm tired of doctors telling us that it's all in our heads,ughh of course we might make this a bigger deal than it is (quite frankly, people are too busy to make fun 24/7 of your odor) but it still sucks especially when you're a clean person. I cried several times today but I always keep hope, please people don't give up cause if BO wasn't a thing, there would be 0 perfumes or deodorants industry. It just means that we all deal with it at some point, enjoy life, pray, laugh, smile stay strong.
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Question posted by Jellybaby13
You recommended taking a sample which I will do with British Gut rather than American Gut. Should I take the sample on a regular day or when its particularly bad?? How do I contact you to send result? Linked-in perhaps? It says I need log-in details for this page.
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Question posted by Searching
Hi, has anyone seen this study? Using glycine-soja (soybean sterol complex) maybe helpful to treat bromhidrosis: Treatment of bromhidrosis with a glycine‐soja sterocomplex topical product Stamatis Gregoriou MD, PhD Dimitrios Rigopoulos MD, PhD Zoe Chiolou MD Dafni Papafragkaki MD Michalis Makris MD, PhD George Kontochristopoulos MD, PhD Summary Aims  Bromhidrosis is a common problem with a severe negative impact on the patient’s social and emotional life. The objective of this open‐label study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a local product with the main active ingredient of glycine‐soja sterocomplex in the treatment of local bromhidrosis. Patients/methods  Eighteen patients with axillary bromhidrosis and eight patients with bromhidrosis of the genital area were included. Bromhidrosis was evaluated through a sniff test of a worn garment on a four‐point scale. Patients applied a glycine‐soja sterocomplex topical agent twice daily on the affected areas for 15 days and bromhidrosis was evaluated again. Results  Subjective mean level of bromhidrosis at baseline was 3.50 ± 0.50 and after treatment 1.53 ± 0.51. Mean impact on quality of life at baseline was 3.30 ± 0.48 and after treatment 1.30 ± 0.49. Investigators objective evaluation revealed an improvement in intensity of odor from 3.23 ± 0.83 to 1.53 ± 0.53 and in acceptability of odor from 3.1 ± 1.01 to 1.65 ± 0.76. Conclusions  The glycine‐soja sterocomplex topical agent shows encouraging improvement on both the intensity and quality of odor in patients with bromhidrosis and has a profound improvement on the patients’ quality of life without any side effects.
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Question posted by Shauna
hi dr armpit i smoke marijuana two years now was once and year after that i been getting odour which smell like weed. Before never smoking i never get this high odour of weed... what seem to be the problem and what can i do to get rid of this high odour of weed i never get this high odour of weed...
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Question posted by Jellybaby13
Hi Chris, I’m a clinical biochemist in the UK. I was doing some research and came across your name. Since puberty I’ve noticed I really suffer with foul BO particularly after exercise and after sunbathing! I so sweat more and have bad breath after drinking alcohol. This is noticeable to other people. I wondered if you might have any studies on the go at the moment or may be able to analyse my armpit micro biome. I’m intrigued to know the source.
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Question posted by Sara moors
My right armpit is like a douche, it always wet And sweat speels to be ‘running’ all the time If i could receive more info about the clinical trial, i might like to register
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Question posted by Answer
Yes I tried oxibutinyn and it did nothing for my bo. I think I might have to go see an endocrinologist soon.
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Question posted by 3bon3 Qu33n
Has anyone been prescribed Oxybutinyn or Glycopyrrolate for hyperhidrosis/bromhidrosis? It’s supposed to drastically reduce sweating, which in turn is supposed to help with the bromhidrosis. The side effects for the drugs are my concern. You also have to take it for the rest of your life. If anyone has taken it, did it work?
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Question posted by Linda
Hi Dr. Armpit in one of yours answers you mentioned "hormones" as being one of the 4 possible pathways to BO. What are the other three? Btw if you have a smelly armpit but non smelly feet, is it not easier to use your feet sweat and bacteria to inoculate the armpit? Given it's your own sweat would it not have a higher chance of succeeding?
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Question posted by 3bon3 qu33n
@Lola: It's not immediate, unfortunately. I was only on it for one month, so not enough time to be effective. They say it can take anywhere from six weeks to three months for effectiveness. I also forgot to mention it will mess with your menstrual cycle. If you are seriously considering it, do your research and consult with trusted doctors. But, again very harsh on the body and high risk. Best of luck!
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Question posted by nika
hi i have a queastion regarding armpit transplant. you said that some people got their body odor back after the treatment. why did this happen?
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