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What can I do or use to keep me from stinking?

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From the time I was a teenager, I would have to apply anti-perspirant or deodorant immediately after showering or within 15-30 minutes I would have B.O. Now I am 49 years old and am having a hard time finding any deodorant on the market that will work for very long on me. I blame this on pre-menopause but don't know if I'm on the right track or not. I am a clean person that showers daily. What can I do or use to keep me from stinking? It's embarrassing!

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replied June 7th, 2010
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Body odour refers to the unpleasant smell emitted by the body which results from the presence of bacteria on the body. These bacteria multiply rapidly, when they come in contact with the sweat. The most common body parts that are affected include hair, feet, groin, skin, armpits, genitals, pubic hair, belly button and ears. Though sweating is the most common cause for body odour, there are other reasons as well, due to which the body may emit a foul smell.
These include: use of strong medicines, alcohol, cigarette smoke, any prolonged illness, kidney, gastrointestinal and liver problems, stress, other skin related problems, abnormality in metabolism, fungal infections, deficiency of essential mineral like zinc, heredity, hot beverages and spicy foods, menopause, hypoglycaemia an overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism.

Few home remedies might help in fighting the body odour. Try any of these and see if they make any difference:
1) Avoid refined foods like hydrogenated oils and other processed foods. Consume healthy food that has loads of fibre, like whole grains, wheat, soy products and green leafy veggies.
2) Try with red radish juice in the diet. This can also applied on your feet, under the arm and between the toes after the shower.
3) Drink plenty of water it helps you to smell fresh.
4) Consuming charcoal capsules per day will help to absorb waste products and decrease fermentation.
5) Always wear cotton clothes to soak up the sweat during summer.
6) Apply cider vinegar or white vinegar for unpleasant armpit odour with the help of cotton twice a day. Do not apply vinegar on freshly shaved skin.
7) Try applying baking soda with lemon on the underarms to kill the bacteria and absorb sweat.
8) When having bath, add a teaspoon of alum to your bath water along with a cupful of camphor oil and boiled mint leaves. It will help you to smell fresh.
9) Use of antibacterial soap or deodorant soap while bathing also helps.
10) Take Epsom salt bath or alternate hot and cold shower baths daily. It also improves blood circulation and reduces congestion in the body.
11) Add a tablespoon of honey to lukewarm water for the final rinse in your bath. It helps in keeping the body odour low.
12) Adding a teaspoon of Tea tree oil to bath water also helps in keeping body odour under check.

If none of these help you, discuss with your healthcare provider/doctor about investigating any underlying gastrointestinal, kidney, liver, thyroid or metabolic cause for the bad odour .

Hope this helps. Take care.

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