I had shoulder surgery – after I knew to expect the arm in the sling to be more smelly because it was contained and hard to lift arm and wash. It is now 2 months past- no sling, going though physical therapy, but can lift the arm more or less normally, The smell is still much stronger on the armpit where I had the surgery. Very strong and different smelling than the left arm. Why would this be?
Dear, it is perfectly possible that, after a strong antibacterial treatment, the underarm microbiome changed. We have heard this from many people. It is also possible that, due to the lower oxygen presence in the axillary region – due to the fact that you couldn’t lift your arm, the underarm microbiome changed. The armpit microbiome slightly changed where the malodor-causing species gained dominance. Best, Chris
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