Smelly Armpit? – How To Deal With It

Smelly armpit is commonly referred to as Body odor and technically as bromhidrosis. It is something that can make you too self-conscious and reduce your esteem. However, it is not a hopeless situation as simple adherence to certain rules can change the narrative.

How to treat smelly armpits:

Treatment for smelly armpits depends on the severity and underlying causes of the body odor. The odor can be caused by poor hygiene, not using the right products or there may be an underlying medical condition that needs to be treated.

Using a very good antiperspirant and deodorant daily, after your shower, can help remedy armpit odor. Sometimes you need to try different kinds to see which one works best for you.

  • Antiperspirants help to reduce the amount of sweat produced by temporarily blocking the pores that release sweat. The less sweat that comes to the surface of your skin, the less odor that results.
  • Deodorants stop sweat from smelling but do not stop sweat itself. These products are often alcohol-based, turning your skin acidic. This prevents the bacteria that causes sweat to smell from being produced.

If deodorants are not effective, you can talk to your doctor about prescription-strength deodorant.

How to prevent smelly armpits:

There are things you can do to prevent underarm odor from developing in the first place.

  • Showering daily with soap, as well as showering after strenuous activity like working out or playing sports. This helps to get rid of the bacteria and sweat that cause odors.
  • You can wear loose-fitting, breathable fabrics like cotton, linen, and moisture-wicking blends — especially if you sweat a lot. These will allow your body to stay cooler better than constricting clothes made from non breathable fabrics.
  • Shaving or waxing: Research has shown that shaving or waxing the armpits significantly reduces armpit odor. This is because cleansing is more effective on shaved or waxed skin.
  • Stress management: Stress reaction can cause sweat glands to produce sweat. Stress management and anxiety-reduction techniques can help you modulate your stress reaction and minimize your physiological sweat response.

However, if you have used multiple kinds of deodorants or antiperspirants and nothing helps to reduce your underarm odor, talk with your doctor. They can rule out underlying medical conditions and recommend stronger treatments.

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