is body odour?
Body odour is a general term for what happens to sweat
and other skin secretions when they are acted upon
by naturally occurring bacteria. Sweat or perspiration
is a salty liquid, which oozes out of the pores in
our skin. Two types of glands produce sweat, the "eccrine"
glands and the "apocrine" glands. The "eccrine" glands
are dispersed throughout the body but are concentrated
in the armpits, palms of the hands, soles of the feet,
and the forehead. When the body is overheated - from
hot weather, physical exertion, or fever - the "eccrine"
glands help regulate body temperature by expelling
a solution of water and salts that cools the skin.
The "apocrine" glands are concentrated in the armpits
and around the groin. These glands develop during
puberty and have nothing to do with temperature regulation;
instead, they respond to such conditions as sexual
arousal, nervousness, and anger, as well as to heat
and exertion. The sweat they produce is rich in organic
substances that attract bacteria and produce a strong
odour. Other reasons could be the purely the 'faulty
lifestyles' or 'emotional stresses' like in ovulation
or menopause when the hormones trigger the "apocrine"
glands to produce the characteristic smell.
Actually sweat is body's most convenient way of maintaining
"homeostasis" or keeping cool. But when the temperature
spurts above the normal there are about 2.5 million
sweat glands, which act as tiny air-conditioners in
maintaining the homeostatic balance. Surprisingly
our sweat has no odour of its own. It usually smells
bad only when the bacteria act on the sweat after
reaching the skin surface. Normally most people tend
to combat bad body odour with products like deodorants
or body sprays as a solution. But it can only diminish
the effects temporarily. In fact bad body odour (B.O)
indicates that you're disturbed emotionally or physically.
Broadly, there are three
completely different kinds of problem that are responsible
for bad body odour
1. Hygiene problem; not cleaning up properly, not
having proper bath or using clean clothes. Ask the
pharmicist for advice on soaps and cleansers and deodorants.
But be warned; an excess of chemicals can make things
worse, not better. Take advice and follow it.
2. Skin problem; if you have a bit of eczema or psoriasis
or allergy problems, it is possible that a skin infection,
probably fungal, is contributing to the problem. You
need to know, and if that's the case, it is treatable,
though not always easily.
3. There are some uncommon genetic conditions that
are associated with odour. They are uncommon, and
there are methods of dealing with the problem. Again,
consult your doctor.
Following are the factors
that are the main cause of body odour
temp not only stimulate the sweat glands but also
cause bacterium to break sweet down into a sticky
coating that becomes a magnet for dirt thereby causing
bad body odour.
fabrics like polyester look good but trap sweat.
This trapped sweat makes a perfect breeding ground
fitting clothes / shoes also increase the likelihood
of excess perspiration and body odour.
rules to fight body odour
Take a shower using an antibacterial soap followed
by a deodorant once in a day especially in the areas
around the anus and the genitals.
bathing, use a good brush in circular movement.
cotton clothes especially cotton undergarments,
which lets the skin breathe. Avoid synthetic clothes.
loose cloths instead of figure-hugging ones and
change your cloths daily.
areas under the armpits is a must as 80% of the
body's sweat is present there.
you're buying products to handle perspiration knowing
their difference is a must. For example, antiperspirants
stop the sweat from leaving the skin by blocking
the pores while deodorants destroy the bacteria
when sweat leaves the body.
get rid of smelly feet, wash and dry between the
feet adequately and wear well-ventilated footwear
to let feet breath.
your Medicine. Synthetic hormones, oral contraceptives,
steroids and some asthma medications stimulate sweat
production. Respond by applying medically formulated
antibacterial creams to your underarms.
a deodorant or anti-perspirant that contains aluminium
chlorohydrate or zirconium.
your coffee and tea intake. Caffeine can stimulate
the autonomic nervous system, which regulates sweating.
Limit yourself to two cups daily.
alcohol since it increases perspiration potential
by dilating blood vessels.
none of the above work and or the scent of your
perspiration becomes stronger or more intense. See
After your bath, add a tablespoon of honey to tepid
water for the final rinse. This will help keep body
odour in check.
a teaspoon of alum to your bath water make you smell
fresh all the day.
summer, add a cup full of vinegar to your bath water
or add a cupful of camphor oil to your bath water.
soda used as a powder will absorb chemicals; therefore
this will remove body odours. Use a powder puff,
which has been used for talc, to apply the powder.
mint leaves and add the water to your bath water.
Keep some aside for a special dousing for your armpits
and between the thighs.
that help deal with bad body odour
A balance diet is a must. Ideally it should be the
one, which has about 20% protein i.e., fish, poultry,
or combinations of pulses and grains, 20% oils and
fats and balance from vegetables, fruit, pulses
turnip or its juice in your diet.
radish juice can be included in the diet. You can
also apply it under the arm after the morning shower.
Also apply it on your feet and in between the toes.
Radish juice helps keep body odour at bay.
plenty of water will also ensure that you smell
fresh and sweet.
a tablespoon of aniseed is other way of smelling
fresh and sweet.
to be avoided
People with body odour should avoid food that are
rich in lecithin or choline or cantine/lysine such
as soya products, corn, wheat and also chocolates,
peanuts, nuts, raisins, cereals, eggs, etc or limit
the intake of these foods to a small part of the daily