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Preventing Underarm Odor

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Underarm odor can be embarrassing for anyone, but if you have trouble getting rid of it, that can be even worse. There are many ways to control underarm odor, find the one that works for you. This is a guide about preventing underarm odor.

Solutions: Preventing Underarm Odor

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Tip: Getting Rid Of Underarm Odor (Bromhidrosis)

Do you have terrible underarm odor? I did! It's not all in your mind either. The medical name for it is Bromhidrosis. To my knowledge the only cure is to have your glands taken out via surgery, ooch! But I think that I found a "solution" to underarm odor.

My underarm odor combat technique is very simple and please don't think that I'm crazy, because I'm not. Even if you don't have Bromhidrosis, give it a try anyway. Just try it and let me know what you think afterwards. Steps 2-6 can also be done at work if you have a private bathroom that you can use, because that's how I made my discovery.

  1. I shave each armpit. I use hair conditioner to shave to make the hairs softer and it also saves my skin from razor burn.
  2. I then wash my underarms with Neutrogena Body Clear (you can use any type of Antibacterial soap) and pat dry.
  3. Next I take (2) Lipton Tea Bags (yes regular tea bags!) and run them under warm water for a few seconds and gently squeeze them just long enough to moisten them
  4. I then take one of the tea bags and heavily scrub my entire armpit with it. The tea will exfoliate your skin. Repeat the step under your second armpit with the tea bag.. You're going to make a mess, but trust me, it'll be worth it!
  5. Be sure to get all of the tea off of your skin with a wet cool towel so it doesn't mess up your shirt and or blouse.
  6. After you are done, gently pat your armpits dry and go on about your day!

After the above steps are done, your armpits will feel dry to the touch and I promise you that you will not "stink" for the rest of the day!

You may still sweat but I normally take a tissue and just pat the sweat dry. If you do start to smell, just repeat the above steps and I promise you that the smell will leave. Do the above steps before bedtime and you will wake up odor free! And the best thing is that you'll regain your confidence and no more "sniffing" co-workers when they pass you.

Note: Remember to only wear cotton shirts and or blouses. Stay away from polyester at all cost!

Good Luck Everyone!

By sosostlouis from St Louis MO

Tip: Coconut Oil as Natural Deodorant

I have discovered the best kept secret for eliminating underarm odor. It is organic virgin coconut oil. I cook with it as well because it is very nutritious. I have always needed a strong anti-perspirant, but no more. And coconut oil doesn't stain your clothing. I am amazed. It is also anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. I order mine online because it is much cheaper that way.

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Tip: Hand Sanitizer for Underarm Odor

Hand sanitizer worked like a charm for me when I developed a sudden, strong underarm odor that no amount of bathing, traditional remedy, nor deodorant would control. Four physicians dismissed the problem as normal, even though I'm a middle aged woman who has never had a body odor and have never had to use deodorant.

After many months of this embarrassing problem, I got the idea to try hand sanitizer. Not only did the sanitizer stop the odor immediately, after a week's use the odor has not returned. I'm assuming the cause was bacterial and that the sanitizer killed whatever bacteria was lurking there. At any rate, it's a cheap, safe solution to try.

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Tip: Prevent Underarm Odor With Antibacterial Soap

Underarm sweat only smells because of the bacteria that grows there. If you use an antibacterial soap (I use one called Safeguard), you won't need to apply deodorant as well.

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Tip: Keep Underarm Odor Under Control

Underarm odor (aka Bromhidrosis and Erythrasma) is caused by a bacteria that adheres to your hair follicles and skin and when the (odorless) sweat comes into contact with the bacteria on your armpits, the odor begins! Ewww!

Below is what I do to keep my Bromhidrosis under control and I hope that it will help you too! It seems like a lot to do, but it really isn't and don't you want to smell better?

Steps:

  1. Once a week (on Fri or Sat nights), I pour 4 capfuls of bleach (yes bleach), 4 pumps of Softsoap Clean Protection, and 1/2 cup of warm water into a "special plastic bowl" and stir!

    I use bleach because soap alone DOES NOT remove the dirt and bacteria.

  2. I soak half of white washcloth in the mixture and I scrub both armpits and the back of my arms like crazy! I repeat with the other half of the towel on the other armpit!

    I use a white wash cloth to make sure that the dirt and bacteria is being removed. You won't believe the dirt and the odor that will come off of your skin onto the towel. Rub your armpits to see how smooth they are afterwards and you'll see.

  3. After washing off the mixture with warm water, I apply some Softsoap Clean Protection under both armpits and I then shave both armpits.

    I shave after steps 1-2 because if you shave first, the bleach will burn like crazy right?

  4. Wipe your armpits off with warm water and a non-fading towel and dry them both off.
  5. I normally do these steps on the weekend only. I also shave my armpits with Soft Soap Clean Protection every three days to get rid of the sprouting infected fine hair and to keep the bacteria ridden follicles from appearing and causing the stinky odor!

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During the week (every night for me)

After taking a bath (at night), I dry off both armpits, and I apply Desitin (yes, the baby diaper rash cream) under both of my armpits, put on a cotton T-shirt and jump in the bed. You'll get used to the smell of the Desitin.

If you shower in the morning, just be sure to rub the Desitin in completely and blot it with a paper towel to remove any excess cream, and also give the smell a little time to wear off before getting dressed.

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Questions

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Question: Underarm Odor

I shower everyday and use deodorant, but the odor is still there. What should I do to remove the odor? Please help me.

By Troy


Most Recent Answer

11/01/2011

Hi!
Do you have terrible underarm odor? I did! It's not all in your mind either!! The medical name for it is Bromhidrosis and to my knowledge the only cure is to have your glands taken out via surgery, ouch! I think that I found a "solution" to underarm odor! My underarm odor combat technique is very simple and please don't think that I'm crazy, because I'm not!

Even if you don't have Bromhidrosis, give it a try anyway! Just try it and let me know what you think afterward! Steps 2-6 can also be done at work if you have a private bathroom that you can use, because that's how I made my discovery!
1. I shave each armpit. I use hair conditioner to shave to make the hairs softer and it also saves my skin from razor burn.

2. I then wash my underarms with Neutrogena Body Clear (you can use any type of Antibacterial soap) and pat dry.

3. Next I take (2) a Lipton Tea Bags (Regular) (yes, tea bags!) and run them under warm water for a few seconds and gently squeeze them just long enough to moistened them

4. I then take one of the tea bags and heavily scrub my entire armpit with it. The tea will exfoliate your skin. Repeat the step under your second armpit with the tea bag. You're going to make a mess, but trust me, itll be worth it!

5. *Be sure to get all of the tea off of your skin with a wet cool towel so it doesn't mess up your shirt and or blouse.

6. After you are done, gently pat your armpits dry and go on about your day!

After the above steps are done, your armpits will feel dry to the touch and I promise you that you will not 'stink' for the rest of the day! You may still sweat but I normally take a tissue and just pat the sweat dry. If you do start to smell, just repeat the above steps and I promise you that the smell will leave! Do the above steps before bedtime and you will wake up odor free! And the best thing is that you'll regain your confidence and no more "sniffing" co-workers when they pass you! Good Luck everyone!

*Remember to only wear cotton shirts and or blouses! Stay away from polyester at all cost!

Question: Remedy for Stubborn Underarm Odor

I've tried everything for my underarm odor, to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried baking soda, lime, and lemon juice. This problem is very embarrassing and its starting to make me feel depressed!

By Tina


Most Recent Answer

By Connie [2]06/18/2012

I've suffered with underarm odor for years. Long story short. After bathing swab your underarms with alcohol. Then take a cotton ball/swab dipped in Milk of Magnesia (store brand cheaper) I've been doing this for two months and haven't had any problems. What a relief since I live in Las Vegas where temps are reaching triple digits.

Question: Persistent Body Odor

Does anyone have underarm odor that doesn't seem to go away? No matter how may times you shower/bathe, and no matter how many different deodorants you use?

By Gizzy from St. Louis, MO


Most Recent Answer

By brandy09/28/2010

Try coconut oil. Go to a health food store or order online. I know it sounds crazy, but it works. It has antibacterial properties. Put a little bit right under your arm pits. (don't worry, it's not overly greasy). It really and truly works.

Question: 6 Year Old With Underarm Odor

I hope someone can help me. I have a 6 year old daughter who has recently started to have a bad underarm odor. What can I do? I have thought about using a deodorant but I am afraid she is too young?

By maggie4 from Montgomery, IL


Most Recent Answer

By Maryeileen [76]10/22/2009

I would call or take her to her pediatrician. Six seems awful young to be having underarm odor.

Archives

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Archive: Underarm Odor

My one arm pit seems to smell just about all the time. Even after showering. Do you know what causes this?

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I have underarm odor. Nothing seems to work for long periods of time. Does anyone have any other suggestions?

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I have really bad underarm odor. I am very active, eat healthy, and am in high school. I have had this odor for a long time. Please help.

By Drusilla from Ontario, CA


RE: Underarm Odor

I had the same problem. I ended up using Germ-X, Purell, what ever you buy, hand sanitizer. Works like a charm. It can sting, if you have a cut from shaving. I buy it in the big container. I'm very pleased with the results. I've been doing this for two years. Have a great day. (11/02/2009)

By mvb

RE: Underarm Odor

Take a zinc supplement, 50 mg twice a day. It's pretty amazing how taking zinc can get rid of body odor. You need to take it after a meal or on a full stomach because sometimes zinc can bother your stomach. Also, once a week, do a sugar scrub on you pits to help get rid of dead skin cells. Just scrub your pits with plain sugar and a bit of soap in the shower. Also, bleach your t-shirts and wear white t-shirts under your shirts because dyes can make you sweat more. My ex-husband had such nasty smelly feet, until I got rid of his colored socks and bought only white ones and started bleaching his socks every time I washed them. Presto no more odor! Bleach will make your shirts wear out quicker, but it's worth it.

Several other things that may help, splash rubbing alcohol on your pits every morning and during mid-day or whenever you sweat a lot, especially in the summer. The alcohol kills the germs that cause odor. Lastly, what I've found that helps me, is I quit using antiperspirant and instead use, Tom's unscented deodorant (it has some herbal ingredients that help stop odor). It's sold in health food stores. The reason is because I found I sweat more when I use an antiperspirant than when I use a deodorant. If you do need an antiperspirant, buy the "crystal" deodorant sold at health food stores. It's made from potassium salt. I hope I've helped. These are things that have worked for me.

Here's some more good info:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070826102041AA8g9ay (11/03/2009)

By Cyinda

RE: Underarm Odor

Check into candida. It's usually the cause of any skin issues, including odor of any area. It's good to find out, because if you don't address it, candida can cause cancer and many health issues that can make you miserable, even if they don't kill you. (11/05/2009)

By c t

RE: Underarm Odor

I would see a doctor before trying to take care of it on your own. (11/05/2009)

By Maryeileen

RE: Underarm Odor

My mom had the same problem, only she wasn't aware of it! It was terrible, just terrible, and every time we tried to approach her about it she would cry and get offended. Finally I didn't say anything to her, I just gave her a product my MIL recommended, and it nipped it in the bud. It is a deodorant called "Certain Dry". It use to be drug store only, but now you can get it at Wally World or any drug store. It is wonderful that you are so self aware and want to enhance yourself! Good luck dear. (11/05/2009)

By Tripleb

RE: Underarm Odor

For those that have tried so many things and it never worked, check this out. I suffered from this underarm odor for years trying so many things out there, but to no avail. I visited dermatologists, but no solution. A close relative who happens to be a pharmacist told me to try Avon products especially Timeless Roll on and Imari. I did and I am now underarm odor free at last. Try it. Please I am not trying to sell Avon products. It worked for me and I promised God I will spread the good news around. Good Luck. (12/02/2009)

By babyjj

Archive: Underarm Odor

My armpit smells badly. Please help me.

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Archive: Underarm Odor

My under arms smell so badly. How can I remove the smell?

By Juno from Kathmandu


RE: Underarm Odor

I have had the same problem sine I was a teenager. I'm now 33. I tried all the deodorants, even the prescribed ones. I would sweat so badly that after I stepped out of the shower I would be wet under my arms from sweating. I finally begged the dermatologist to do something surgical. I had 2 choices: ETS surgery to remove part of the sympathetic nerve to stop the sweating or remove the glands from under my arms. I went with the ETS because I had sweaty palms, too.

Do not have the ETS done!! I should have had them remove the glands instead. I had ETS done in April of 2009 and have regretted it ever since. I no longer sweat visibly from under my arms, but I still smell and the rest of my body over compensates. I now sweat profusely on my abdomen and legs, to the point of literally dripping! I hope I can save at least one person from this heartbreak.

I never could get the wetness under control, so for those that have tried everything and are considering surgery, please avoid ETS and just go with the removal of the glands under the arms! Insurance does cover these procedures too!

I'm going to be trying a few of the suggestions here for the odor and hopefully I can get that under control. I'm going to start with drinking lots of water to cleanse the system, most of us don't drink enough. I'm very guilty of this myself. I'm also going to try the zinc and apple cider vinegar tabs as well and see how those work. Good luck to everyone in their battle to stay dryer and smell less. (11/09/2010)

By AmBam