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Question posted by Soaped
What are the effects of antibacterial soaps on our underarm biome? What about Triclosan? Just interested. Thanks!
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Question posted by Why not?
Hi Dr Armpit, I've been trying what worked for you (wearing the same shirt so the good biome on the cotton t shirt could overtake the malodorous on the armpit) but I haven't gotten any good results. All I'm left with is a stinky t shirt. If the t shirt smells, will it still work? Or is the smell proof that bad bacteria have also colonized the t shirt and it won't work?
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Question posted by HopeItEndsSoon
Hi Dr.Armpit, Thank you for your research - you are actually helping people in so many ways and just knowing that you'Ve got this page gives me hope. I've been battling B.O. since I was a teenager I am now in my 30s. I've become a recluse because of this. I saw a dermatologist (I've seen so many and spent thousands of dollars on treatments such as Miradry...). He agreed to prescribe Benzoyl (10% wash foam) and Clindamycin gel (after I wash and dry my armpits) I then put on deodorant. I did notice that the odor is somewhat subsiding, but it is still there. I saw online that someone said they'd used this treatment and it can take about a month or more for it to work but it saved her life...I hope it can help myself or someone else as well...I just started a week ago and so far just a bit of armpit odor reduction but i'm crossing my fingers...hopefully this can help someone else out there...
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Question posted by Bobby
Hello Dr. Armpit, Congrats at your move to UC San Diego. I live in the Los Angeles Area and would like to volunteer for any treatments or research you have. Is there anyway I can contact you or volunteer since I will be so close to you?
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Question posted by Clear the room
Please contact me if you are doing anymore studies. I believe I would be a wonderful subject for your research. I have had body odor since the age of 12 which appears to get worse with age. I have taken antibiotics in the past and it definitely influences the odor, however I go back to the same odor after a few weeks. The smell is fairly pungent and definitely influences my social life and career. I take 2 baths daily and use several deodorant combinations just to make it without smell for 2-3 hours. Friends and family state they can still smell me after a shower on some days, so I take up to 3 showers on those days! Let me know if you have room for me in a study. If I can't help myself, maybe I can help someone else in the future.
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Question posted by SarahK
I've been noticing that my body has began sweating more in the past year- something that it normally hasn't done unless actually doing physical labor, however now I can be sitting at my desk and start sweating for no reason and chocked it up to my body changing. I am 37. Then in the past 4 months I have noticed that I have started getting BO. I have NEVER had a problem with BO, not even after working outside during summer in the sun. And I noticed that it's 99% my left underarm. I can bathe and start stinking within a couple hours. I wake up with stinky armpits. I have been slowly changing my diet but nothing quick or outrageous. Drinking more water, cutting back on sweet tea, sodas and beer. I've been slowly cutting out processed foods and also beef as beef has started to do quite a number on me. And I haven't bought deodorants containing aluminum for 2 years now and also avoiding anti-perspirants (I have been using TOMs or doTerra's deodorant with essential oils). I have researched and was left with more questions than answers as I have read about many women having issues with JUST their left armpits stinking. HELP!?
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Question posted by DJ
For over 20yrs I ha e been battling with my smelly armpits. I've tried everything from deodorants to homemade remedies, which not have worked. My social life is nonexistent, I avoid everyone due to this, so that includes family functions too. Work life also sucks because people talk about how bad I smell. I just wish they knew that I shower twice a day and it's nothing I can control...sad knowing that I have to constantly be aware of my surroundings when around people. Like what direction the wind is blowing and stuff like that. Is there anyone out there that can help me? I can shower, and then 30 mins or less I'm stinking really bad. Again, I e tried everything I could find on the internet. Thanks
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Question posted by Smelly
Do your armpits still get smelly if you have a dominance of non odorous bacteria? I feel so alone!! The only person I have come across with equally bad body odor was in Switzerland two yrs ago, he was biking in the mountains and not daily showering. But I showered every day and smelt equally as bad as him! If not worse.. If the bad bacteria has managed to become part of your regular biome, can you even change that?
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Question posted by Rose
Hello! I'm a high school student conducting a research project testing the efficacy of deodorants' bacterial inhibition, and I don't know which bacteria to test with because the armpit grows a large number of differing microorganisms. Do you have any recommendations?
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Question posted by Bbc reader
Dr C, you have just been featured on BBC News in the top 10 news articles!! Congratulations.
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Question posted by susie
this is a very scientific question: when skin sheds from our armpits naturally, do the bacteria inside our armpits also fall off with that skin? does the bacteria inside the skin even ever die?
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Question posted by The twin
Does the twin who received the successful bacteria transplant still have slightly odorous armpits or is the odor completely gone? Also, in how many years do you think you will have something to try? About five?
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Question posted by Why
why do my shirts smell if bad bacteria can't grow on cotton? why do deodorants actually work for most ppl and not for me?
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Question posted by Monica
Hi! Based on your research findings to date, what kind of arm pit hygiene do you recommend? What do you practice? Do you recommend any "natural" solutions? For example, tea tree oil or salt sticks? Or could these products result in killing off "good" non-smelly bacteria and provide "bad" smelly bacteria an opportunity to take over? I ditched conventional store bought deodorants/antiperspirants about 3 years ago. At that time, I began using milk of magnesia (MOM brand). This worked great through my pregnancy, but a few months after having my baby I started to stick. So did the roller ball applicator. So I bought a new one...same stick developed. Did stinky bacteria develop resistance and begin to flourish in my armpits and on deodorant roller? My new solution was a DIY recipe that includes coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder, and tea tree oil. This has been working great. I still get a little damp, but not stinky. But about a month ago, I developed a yeast infection in one arm pit. Then the other armpit developed the yeast infection. Was my DIY deodorant disrupting the harmony of the microbiome by killing off some bacteria/yeast and permitting candida with an opportunity to take over? Thanks for your thoughts! I hope that by sharing my experience, I can helpful to you and/or others.
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Question posted by Jillian
Interesting! Hmmm.. So do you think if I combine the infrared sauna (more sweating and water) with topical application of Apple cider vinegar (to change the armpit biome), this could help switch the dominance to the non odorous bacteria? Or do you think the vinegar after a sauna would be counter productive because it doesn't let new non odorous bacteria grow to gain dominance? Just an idea...
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Question posted by Jillian
Do you think an infrared sauna could help re establish the good bacteria? In a sauna you sweat a lot, so it could maybe change the biome. Or do you think it would have minimal effect or even just encourage the maladorous bacteria to gain even more dominance?
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Question posted by Curious
When will you have a product for us to test out? Have you got any new findings? How is working at UCLA?
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Question posted by celeste
bad odours, sweating when im not doing anything
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Question posted by Desperate
My armpits start off well after I shower but then as the day goes on my armpits start itching, then they sweat and then they start smelling... lately the smell has gotten so bad I feel like everyone around me can smell me. It is so embarrassing and Im so miserable. The more deodorant I put on, the more I stink.
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