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Preventing Underarm Odor

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Man in Green Shirt Smelling His Underarm

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.

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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.

    By anne [39]

    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.

      By jbj117 [1]

      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.

        By Verity Pink [27]

        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!

        By dirtyred64 [1]

        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

        Here are questions related to Preventing Underarm Odor.

        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

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        By jellybeans64 [1]01/11/2015

        I found it helpful to use white vinegar under my arms after my morning shower. I let it dry and then use Arm and Hammer natural deodorant. I always make sure my armpits are shaved too. It really helps.
        Terri K.

        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

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        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: 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.

        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


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        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: Reducing Perspiration Odor on Clothes

        I don't sweat so much, but the little armpit sweat that comes into contact with my clothes in the armpit area makes them smell so bad. Even when there is no odor in the armpit area, the armpit side of my clothes still smells. I do have armpit odor sometimes and rotten burps too. I'm able to control armpit odor, but the scent coming off my clothes smells pungent. Any help is appreciated. I have been to dermatologists but no help! I tried antiperspirants too.

        By John Eric


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        By Lizzyanny [9]12/24/2014

        Try rubbing hand sanitizer in your armpits on a daily basis. It works.

        Question: Preventing Body Odor

        Our son exercises and then he has a cat urine odor when he's done.

        By Jean


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