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Question posted by GmanR
Hello I am a 17 year old male and I have recently had armpit issues. Before this school year, I have never had really any armpit problems. I guess it all started at the beginning of the school year. In the mornings I have team sports (basically basketball) well I started to notice that my armpits got really sweaty even when I wasn't even in class yet. I would just be standing around waiting for us to start and my armpits started to sweat. Sooner or later my armpits kind of started to somewhat sour I guess because of the constant moisture or something? No matter how much I put on "antiperspirant" deodorant, the smell and sweat seemed to just eat right through it. It didn't really matter what kind of deodorant I put on. Eventually, the sweating slowed down and the sour smell kind of went away but then it really started to smell bad. It was a really strong stinky odor at some times like onions or something. It's still persistent now and I would really really really like your help on this issue of mine please! Thank you for your time, GmanR
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Question posted by Alli
I have never had problems with b.o. In fact even when I work out I smell a little salty, but my arm pits rarely smell bad. Even my husband agrees with me. But all of a sudden after the holidays my arm pits smell like b.o. I feel like ALL the time. After I take a shower I smell fine, but it seems like as soon as I get dressed and do anything I stink. I haven't changed medications or anything recently. I did get sick so was taking zinc, garlic, vit b, and vit C, but I have stopped that for at least a week and still smell horrible. Should I be concerned?
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Question posted by Jen
Hello. Im a body odor sufferer. Ive been reading about you and so happy that you are looking into an issue that affects all humans! But your research looks into the bacteria on the outside of the skin correct? But the smelly bacteria originates from the glands inside the armpit? so any external remedy would only be temporary right? since the main problem comes from the inside, maybe you should look at gland remedies as well. Just hoping to add some my opinion. Nothing i have put externally has ever fixed my armpit odor. Thanks
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Question posted by Poooo
In one day, my thoughts would mostly be, "Do I smell?" and "Do I need to re-spray perfume?" (for the nth time for the day). I can feel that my social life is really affected with this problem of mine (e.g not attending in parties I've been invited to, not being able to speak in front of many people, and many more). How do I know if I give off that stinky smell? I smell nothing on my clothes right after I change but there are really times when I smell something coming from the insides of my clothing.
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Question posted by Joseph
As a person who has bad body odor, if you can cure my problem I will pay every penny i have! I dont want to keep using deoderants and other creams to mask the problem, I want an end all solution to the armpit odor i have so i don't have to worry about creams every again! and if you can do that, I and every other person around this world will pay you whatever you want to have the procedure done. Keep working hard! if you can find the cure, you will find yourself to be a very rich man one day! Thanks!
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Question posted by Nikki
Just to add to your own research and for anyone else to know, in my own experience neither botox nor mirady procedure have cured body odor for me. If anything they may have made my body odor worse. I had hyperhydrosis and bromhidrosis, sweating and odor. After taking botox i had little sweat but more odor. And now after the Miradry procedure I have no sweat at all but still body odor. Neither procedure affects the underlying issue of the odor, which Im assuming is coming from the apocrine glands. More research needs to be done on how to destroy the apocrine gland totally either through an injection or machine. If you are able to destroy the apocrine gland without causing any other side effect, you will cure body odor for all people...at least that is my opinion. You are one of the only few who is reasearching this problem, so cheers to you! this problem affects so many people across so many races, boundaries and countries. Hope you are able to find a cure soon!
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Question posted by Barbara
Why does my left armpit have a bad odor and my right armpit has no odor?
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Question posted by Joshua
My left arm pit is very mild smelling, even without showering for over 24 hours. My right arm pit smells immediately after drying off from a shower, and it is very bad with in an hour... unless I use a heavy amount of product. I am not a heavy sweater while I sit at home on my computer all day. I dress very light and use temperature controls in my home to keep cool. Im fit and only 38 years old. Any suggestions on what I can do to get more of the "good" bacteria from my left pit to my right pit? Watched your Ted TALK. Great Job! Thanks.
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Question posted by aditi
i am a second year microbiology student and I'm planning to carry out a research on body odour ! could you help me out and guide me as to going ahead with the research. regards.
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Question posted by Dinah, the ill-tempered
My boyfriend moved in with me about seven years ago. Since then, I swear that my armpit and other sweat odors have changed and are more like his. Is it possible that his pit-bacteria have colonized me? Thanks.
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Question posted by Laura Yumi Toma
Hi, my name is Laura and I am from Brazil, so excuse my english. I have been suffering with bromhidrosys for almost 8 years. It started after high school. I remember a guy from my class in high school that used to have really bad body odor and he was taking accutane (the strong medicine for acne). I was also taking accutane and six months after the acne treatment I started having bromhidrosys. I remember thinking really bad things about the boy. I thought he didn't shower, I had kind of a mean attitude toward him, I didn't know that B.O. was a condition and not the lack of hygiene. Who knew that six months later I would have the same problem. That was carma :( I tried all deodorants and antiperspirants on the market, I did botox, I had laser to remove the hair and diminish bacteria, I had some of my glands burned by a old hair removal method, I even used a crazy machine that would diminish the eccrine sweat (my dad insisted, but I knew that the eccrine sweat was not the real cause of the problem, actually the sweat of eccrine glands on my armpits was less intense than a normal person). Plus, I already had 4 surgeries: 2 superficial "liposuctions" and 2 apocrine glands removal (each procedure by a different doctor). The apocrine glands removal was the most successful procedure, but the most invasive. I was thinking about taking a little piece of skin so I wont' produce apocrine sweat anymore, because I've noticed that some glands regenerate and some start working harder to compensate the removal. I just recovered from the last gland removal and I still have bad odor. I was a little mad because I wanted to remove a part of the skin too, but the doctor thought that it would not be necessary. This problem is delaying my life in all areas, I am 25 years old and I failed a lot of subjects in college because I would skip a lot of classes because I felt really bad about the problem. I graduated last year and I wont start to work in a office until I get this problem solved. I know I won't work properly if I have this problem. Please help me! The worst thing about this problem is that nobody really understands me or the condition. I am glad that you are studying it. Even if you don't have a solution, just hearing from you would be great. Maybe you have a good suggestion and maybe I might help by telling you my experience. Kinds regards, Laura
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Question posted by C
My boyfriend constantly smells of sage, and that is just his natural odor. He has had that smell probably since high school. No one is really sure why. His armpits smell like normal smelly armpits though, but in general, his whole body secretes the smell of sage. Any insight on this?
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Question posted by K
I have stopped from using commercial deo for about a year and noticed that after using it again it worked just like the first day. I also noticed that commercial deo makes my armpit odor really bad. i dont smell bad when im not using commercial deo but i still use it to make sure i wont stink in public. should i throw my deo now and stop unilisver from bacoming richer...
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Question posted by Armine
Left armpit more odorous, Also left breast slightly larger than right. And more sensitive to touch. Is it possible odor indicates a medical concern?
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Question posted by t
After giving birth to my son every deodorant smell so strong on me I believe I have a bacterial infection contracted from the hospital I gave birth in its been a year now what type of medication can I ask a doctor to prescribe to fix this this is ruining my life I lost my job and ever my kids sneeze around me please help
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Question posted by myself
Very interesting topic. Your research could affect the live quality of millions. In my case I quit using desodorants 20 years ago. Since then i noticed that only my right armpit became smelly after a day or two, while my left armpit always remained fresh, having a shower every second day. Inspired by your Q&A I rubbed concentrated citric acid on my right pit and it protected me perfectly from becoming smelly. Just don't try directly after shaving, thats a bad idea. I solved 1 teaspoon of food grade citric acid on about 2 teaspoons of water and rubbed it on with kitchen paper. The effect seems to last for about a week (still having a shower every second day). I hope it is still effective in winter when due to the thicker clothes and water resistant coats the body smell intensifies. Are you doing research on that aspect as well?
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Question posted by Tanya L
Dear Dr. Armpit! I have not just smelly armpits, but smelly feet as well! I have a condition called pitted keratolysis. So bunch of bacteria drilled it's way into the skin of my soles and I presume, eating away at my epidermis! I noticed that cotton socks and leather shoes tend to cause less stinky odor. I was wondering, how the microbial communities on my feet differ from those on my armpits? Thanks!
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Question posted by t
After giving birth to my son every deodorant or antiperspirant I put on smells so strong on me to the point where I offend people with my strong deodorant smell and every unscented deodorant makes me smell worse what is wrong with me ?
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Question posted by Caitlyn
I'm allergic to pot. I don't do it, and I keep it away from myself to avoid the allergic reaction that it causes. However sometimes (usually) when I'm really stressed or unhappy, I start suffering light allergy symptoms, and people around me will point out that suddenly my armpits reek of pot. Often the change is gradual enough that I don't notice unless I stick my nose down there and sniff. Taking a shower helps a bit, but after scrubbing thoroughly, sometimes my armpits still reek. Normally I don't use products on my armpits. Usually people like my natural smell, but I do use raw scent amber when I'm going dancing (not often the last few years). Lately, when the pot smell creeps in, I've been using small amounts of lavender or tea tree oil to help bring it under control so that I don't have an allergic reaction to my own body. Do you have any idea what causes that particular smell, and if there is a a way to prevent it happening? If I try searching on google I find a handful of other people asking the same thing (who also don't smoke) being told by stoners that its from smoking too much pot. Which is clearly and blatantly untrue in my case since I can't even have the raw plant near me, let alone the smoke. Any light you can shed would be greatly appreciated, and if you haven't encountered it before I would even be willing to try to get you armpit samples. I really want to know why this happens so that maybe I can prevent it.
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