Science of body odor

DrArmpit focuses on the science of body odor in the armpits, skin, clothes, washing machines and novel ways to solve it. Few research is done in this field. DrArmpit is a pioneer in finding solutions against the malodor generation. DrArmpit is hosted at CMET in Ghent University, Belgium and Knight lab at the University of California San Diego, USA. The research is independent from industry and supported by the Flemish GovernmentResearch Foundation – FlandersGhent University and Belgian American Educational Foundation. In this website you can find research updates and see what kinds of bacteria live in the armpit.

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The @federalepolitie, #civielebescherming and @Defensie_BE are training dogs to detect #covid19. By means of armpit samples. 1 wipe, 1 or 2 dogs, 2 minutes and done. Soon in an airport near you. https://www.durfdenken.be/en/research-and-society/tracking-dogs-detect-corona-better-tests

Proud on the support for the #Covid19 tracing dogs from the Kingdom of Belgium and the King of Belgium himself! Dank u Sire! #TrotseBelg #UGent @FbwUGent @UGent_VetMed And yes, this involves armpits

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Armpit bacteria

The forearm is the desert, the scalps are the cool woods and the armpit is the tropical rainforest.

Mary J Marples

Mary J Marples couldn’t have put it in a better way. The armpit is like the tropical rainforest, containing an enormous amount of bacteria. Although numbers of bacteria go very high, not a lot of different bacteria reside over there. The diversity of the axilla is rather low, compared to other skin sites such as the belly button and the hands. Therefore, some very dominant bacteria reside in the armpit. Most of the times, staphylococci or corynebacteria are the dominant bacterial strains. In the first case, this only results in a moderate –normal– body odor, while in the last case, this can give rise to an unpleasant smell.

Smelly armpits

Smelly armpits, axillary body odor or axillary osmidrosis is a condition in which an unpleasant odor emanates from the armpit region. This can significantly affect the subjects quality of life. It is moreover a taboo issue to talk about. It is generally not considered as a disease. In rare cases, axillary osmidrosis becomes a disease if it completely overpowers and interferes with the subjects life. Besides washing and using deodorants, there is not much that can be done about it. Our research team is trying to find solutions for body odor. We are unraveling the science of body odor.