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Question posted by Erli
I'm a student, female, stuck on routines basically school and home and doesn't go out frequently because of how much ridicule i get outside the 4 walls of the house i stay. I strongly believe that i acquired from using deodorants for years since becoming a teen and now i'm close to 18 and it has become even funkier than usual. Before it was livable because it doesn't stink the room but now it seems it does because the funky smell literally can potentially like make you dizzy and that it spreads across the room like the classroom. I've nearly dropped out because of it. i'd never know my pits could be secreting as much as the bad bacteria could break down and its miserable. I tried botox and a significant decrease of sweat from the armpit was noticeable but not for the apocrine. so heres the thing..I'm still using anti-perspirants/deodorants whenever i go out and with my jacket always. i get paranoid without ever applying something on my pits to at the very least mask the smell. i do abstain from using these things during weekends and where there are no classes. I ask, will abstaining (from using deodorants) for a month or more could somehow have significant progress in reducing the smell? Thank you very much.
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Question posted by concerned
let me start by saying how much i appreciate it that someone is working on finding treatment for this condition. I saw your presentation at Tedx which states that the cause of body odor in many people is the type of bacteria in the underarms. so im concerned if by using the same laundry machine, my BO condition can be passed to family? or is it that excessive worrying from my part?
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Question posted by Kate
I am at the bottom of this page and mentioned frequent urination/kidney pain that developed at the same time as onion armpit odor. I had a scan done recently and found out I have renal papillary necrosis. It is believe to have happened from an autoimmune disease. Kidney damage and armpit odor still present. I refuse to believe they are not associated. Just giving an update. Thanks!
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Question posted by Rhonlee
I take 1 25mg pill per day. I noticed a difference immediately. I put on deodorant after my morning shower and will stay odor free until the evening unless I have an extra stressful day then I will refresh mid day. I have never been able to say that with all the other remedies I have tried. I don't mind questions because I was desperate for help and completely grateful to the person that posted this info that has changed my life!
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Question posted by Barry
Thanks so much for your reply! I just have 2 more qs if you don't mind me asking: 1) how many days did it take to start working? 2) Is your armpit completely odor free after using? Or is there still a slight odor?
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Question posted by Rhonlee
I have been taking it for about 2 months at 25mg dosage. Yes, I found you have to take it continually. As far as side effects, I seem to get hot flashes but nothing intense. My doctor had me take blood test before I started the drug and about 2 weeks after and my test after taking it were still in the normal range. After years of suffering, it's worth it for me.
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Question posted by Barry
Do you have to continue taking doses of spironolactone to remain odor free?? Or can you take it for a month and the underarm odor will not return again? Thanks so much, this sounds promising. But the side effects are rather harsh..
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Question posted by Rholee
I saw a post about spironolactone working for odor, so I asked my doctor to prescribe it for my acne (not approved for b/o). It WORKS!!! I have suffered from underarm odor that did not go away. I too tried everything to solve this problem. Now, I am free. This condition keeps you in bondage because you are constantly paranoid that you smell. Thank you for posting this info that has changed my life! Dr. Armpit please include this in your research.
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Question posted by Kerry
Hi Chris, I am writing a blog post on natural deodorants and was curious if there is any research that supports the use of probiotics (specifically L. acidophilus found in many options today) in combating body odor? Essentially, is this a marketing technique or is there scientific merit to its use? Thank you!
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Question posted by Sean Humphries
Whenever I wear a poly or poly blend shirt, not only do I sweat more but it also smells terrible. I get that it's different bacteria and the weave of the fiber may make me overheat faster, but is it possible that my body sweats as an immune response? I don't know. I have a friend that makes this amazingly beautiful shirts, but I can't wear them because of the fabric (the new ones are tri-blend 50 poly 25 cotton 25 rayon. How do you think it rates in comparison to poly?
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Question posted by Daliah
Is there ever going to be an armpit transplant available to us?? Thanks.
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Question posted by Hugo Stabel
I once read that (not in alle cases) Teatree oil can help. The bacteria producing the bad smell seem not to like the oil. Teatree oil is cheap en easily to buy. I've got sometimes troubles with bad smell, especially when I transpire hard. The Teatree oil helped, although you have to renew the treatment after a month or two. I just brought the oil in the armpit for a day of 5 and the problem was gone. As Teatree oil costs almost nothing, it 's worth a try.
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Question posted by Mariah
Hi Dr Armpit, can you answer some questions please? Thanks!!
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Question posted by Grace
I've tried all sorts of home remedies to get rid of my stubborn armpit odor, such as witch hazel and hydrogen peroxide, but whenever I put these products under my armpits, they have this distinct odor that stinks. This is also the same whenever I wear deodorant or antiperspirant. It just seems to amplify my odor even more. I can't seem to smell my own odor but I've been told that it smells like sweat or onion. I don't even sweat all that much. Is there anything I can do or try to get rid of this odor once and for all? I'm so tired of living my life in fear everyday.
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Question posted by sarah
Does jogging(sweating) kill bacteria get rid body odor?
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Question posted by Cheryl Woodruffe
Dear Dr A Re: Self referral/Test Subject I have watched your Ted Talk and paid attention to your request for test subjects. I myself suffer from extremely bad odour. I notice if I bike to work the smell is very unpleasant, if I take a shower I can still admit a smell only a few minutes after having washed. This is something that has effected my life and I would very much like to take part in your clinical studies. Your sincerely Cheryl Woodruffe
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Question posted by Donna
Which is better in promoting the good bacteria and making sure the bad ones don't grow: disposable cotton underarm pads, a used (but washed) cotton shirt, or a brand new cotton shirt? Thank you!
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Question posted by Stephen Santua
Does my armpit causes myself and other to sneeze? It really bothers my social life.
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Question posted by Jill C
Why is an onion odor so prevalent among odorous armpits? does this type of bad bacteria take over the easiest?
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Question posted by Kate
Hello! I am a 28 y/o female in Austin, TX. Up until a few months ago, I never had problems with body odor. After working out or sweating outside, my armpits would produce a smell, but nothing out of the ordinary. In April of 2017, I began to notice a few symptoms begin all at once. I began have chronic flank/kidney pain on both sides, frequent urination as I went to bed in the evening, and, the worst of all, extremely bad armpit odor. Since this began it has been almost a nonstop problem. I'm not saying every once in a while, but it has been constant and both armpits smell like an onion. The smell cannot even be washed away at this point. Vinegar helps temporarily but it always returns. Thoughts on the kidney connection?
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