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.
By tina 1
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!
January 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.
By maggie4 1
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
October 22, 2009
I would call or take her to her pediatrician. Six seems awful young to be having underarm odor.
By jbj117 1
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.
By troy 1
I shower everyday and use deodorant, but the odor is still there. What should I do to remove the odor? Please help me.
June 5, 2011
It's a stubborn yeast infection. I had the same problem, in both armpits and in the pubic hair. I am pretty sure I got it from having sex with a person who had the same problem, I never had it before.
A dermatologist confirmed that it is yeast, but his medicine never did work very well. But I did find a solution. Just go to the drugstore, no prescription required. Buy a tube of Miconzaole Nitrate vaginal cream (women use this for yeast infections), and a tube of Neosporin (the store brand is Triple Antibiotic, and this works fine, as well). Squeeze out a one inch ribbon of each one and mix them together. Spread on the smelly area. You will find that the odor goes away quickly. Use it twice a day for a week or so. You should have a good period of no smell. I do find that I need to repeat the treatment occasionally.
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.
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
September 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.
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.
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?
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.
By John Eric 1
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
December 24, 2014
Try rubbing hand sanitizer in your armpits on a daily basis. It works.
Our son exercises and then he has a cat urine odor when he's done.
My one arm pit seems to smell just about all the time. Even after showering. Do you know what causes this?
Jonathan from London, Ealing Broadway
The smell is actually caused by bacteria found on our skin, it is a normal thing. Our society has decided that this "stinks". If deodorant does not help, you may want to go to your doctor to make sure your sweat glands are working okay. (08/16/2006)
I like wyoKrista's answer :) and I agree with her. Another thing you can try is to wipe under your arm with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball after a bath and during the day if necessary.
I have 1 underarm that stinks. I wipe it off with vinegar before and after a shower using anti bacterial soap. Sometimes the vinegar doesn't get it all the 1st day, but you would be amazed at how it does work. I also take vinegar pills that are sold over the counter. (08/17/2006)
I had a skin infection under one arm once that caused the same problem. Never hurts to check with the doc and have a skin test, just in case. I'd use the vinegar in the meantime, though.
By Carla Gilby
Check with your doctor. Some people are just made this way. You may require a prescription antiperspirant/deodorant (08/17/2006)
I have a similar problem. Only mine isn't a stink, it is a discoloration. There is a brown tinge to my skin like dirt but they are clean. (08/17/2006)
My grandson could take a bath or shower and he would still smell. My mother had the same problem and her doctor told her to get Mitchum deodorant. You can get it at Walmart, Walgreen's, just about anywhere. It did the trick. He does not have the odor anymore. (08/17/2006)
By Byron Tindle
The odor could be from the hair under your armpits. Wash them with strong soap or bacteria killing soaps or shampoo. Sweat during the day builds up and needs to be washed out thoroughly. Also it's important to dry the area well before you apply deodorant. My dad always used old spice and did not
smell. My husband uses Old Spice also and likes it and uses the old spice soap. Good Luck.
"Only mine isn't a stink it is a discoloration."
Do you have darker skin in other areas like on your neck? Or patches on upper inner thighs? Check out the symptoms of PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome). A lot of women have this and are not treated. It is worth looking into. Laura (08/17/2006)
Laura, I will check into this. I did have darker areas around my thighs a while back but it went away and I thought nothing of it. (08/19/2006)
Laura, I went to the website for PCOS. I took the test and I scored a 15. I am very grateful to you for pointing me in this direction. I am going to make a doctors appointment on Monday. Again Thank You (^_^) , Bonnie (08/19/2006)
If you have no biological problem, use an antibacterial rinse such as liquid hand wash during your bath. Dry underarms with blow dryer then use something made for women from Dollar General called, Lady's Choice. I prefer Melon/Cucumber fragrance. I have had terrible body odor and use it where I have it. It has no aluminum in it and works just great. Good luck and God Bless. (08/19/2006)
Hi. From experience, I found out the only thing that keeps my underarms dry is Mitchum deodorant (and no I don't skip a day like it says you might do on the bottle). I've found our local Walgreen's doing a buy one get one free on it a couple of times this summer and stocked up then (like 2/3.49 plus tax). Years ago I had a close friend who always went to smelling during the day. I was telling her about my problem with smelling and what I had done about it while trying to be kind and not obvious, lol, immediately afterward almost I noticed a new fresh air, which was great because she worked not 10 feet from me. Thank you to Mitchum for a fine product. (08/31/2006)
Commercial deodorants just do not agree with me. I will try a new deodorant and it works well for a about a week (secret, mitchum, lady speed stick, tussy, suave, etc). Dial and Avon worked months. Men's deodorants are worse, they seem to sour under my arm. Finally after reading some of the posts on this site, I tried one of the remedies shared. Now, after my morning shower, I swab under my arms with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol. It's been a bit over a week and this works fine. Actually after an intense workout, i.e. a five mile run, I smell a lot better without deodorant than I do with it. Go figure. (05/11/2007)
One stinky armpit and one fresh. I know that one, and I had a good laugh when I figured out why.
I'm right handed. I hold the shower handle with my right hand. This means the right armpit is in a "dead angle" from the general flow of water, with the result that the left armpit automatically got plenty of extra rinsing when I washed my hair while the right one only got enough water to remove the soap. Pointing the shower into the right armpit for a minute solved the problem.
I had the one underarm stink problem for a while. I finally realized that I always slept on that side. Once I started varying my sleep position, the more distinct one-sided odor subsided.
I had that problem too. The bacteria that causes this odor culminates in moist, warm areas. My fiance and I have a heavy duvet cover that makes us sweat at night. I find that the side I sleep on the most (my left) is the side that sweats the most, and thus stinks the most. The remedy? It's been said before, I'll say it again: rubbing alcohol, 70% isopropyl three times per day for 14 days. You'll find it works after day one, but keep using anyway to stabilize the odor causing bacteria. (01/07/2008)
I found that taking a Zinc supplement really helped me. Also, whenever my pits start to stink between showers, I just slap on some rubbing alcohol then some more deodorant. The alcohol kills the germs, which really helps with the odor. If you exfoliate once a week with a hand full of sugar on your arm pits, this removes dead skin cells, & that helps too. While you're in the shower or bath, soap up your pits as usual then simply take a handful of plain sugar in one hand & use this to scrub you pits clean. Only do this once or twice a week.
One more thing, with me, I found switching from an Antiperspirant to a plain Deodorant made all the difference. My body was "back firing" with the antiperspirant and sweating more. Once I switched to a plain Deodorant this made the difference. I now avoid antiperspirants like the plague. My favorite is Tom's Natural brand deodorant made with herbs and other goodies. (02/02/2008)
I can take a shower and 5 minutes later my right underarm will smell like a skunk. My left arm does not stink. When I shower I take extra care on cleaning that underarm. I do not use deodorants because of the Aluminum that causes breast cancer. I use the deodorant that has no Aluminum. I workout everyday. I make a point to wash underneath my arms with the Olay soap wipes 2 to 3 times a day. I have tried rubbing alcohol, I am lost and my husband said that my friends are going to start talking about me. I am very embarrassed with this problem. It is a good thing that I drive a school bus for a living. I have 150 kids to blame it on. I had a 7 year old boy tell me that one of the other students smelled like a skunk. It was me. I wasn't going to tell him it was me. I was wondering, maybe my body is toxic. I don't know, I just need help. I watch what I eat. I am mostly organic no preservative kind of person. I am very health conscientious. Help. Rainbowhutch AT aol.com (02/25/2008)
Use Ginger. It work amazingly. (03/10/2008)
I'm currently having an underarm odor problem as well. It seemed to have started one day while I was using the product "Veet". It started to burn, so I took it off. Now it gives off this really nasty odor. I'm trying all kinds of things, but it doesn't seem to work. Is there a way to restore my underarms back to normal? It is also prohibiting me from doing the things I would like to do :[ (04/30/2008)
I am suffering from underarm odor and have tried just about everything and every home remedy out there, still to no avail. I have just accepted this but there is not a day that goes by that I am not searching on the internet to try and find a cure or remedy. Good luck to all who share this problem because it can be very humiliating, but I just take it one hour and day at a time.
By karen thompson
I suffer with underarm odor as well. I have had the problem since I was a teenager. I am now 42. It is very embarrassing because I just know people think I don't practice good hygiene. I wash well, I try to overdo it in fact. But even as I step out of the shower I can smell my underarms.
I have tried the new Clinical version of Secret. The scent from that, like most deodorants, just mixes with my own odor and magnifies. It is worse than using nothing at all. I have tried cleansing with alcohol or peroxide then using deodorant. I still can't make it to Noon without odor. The most effective thing for me has been a mixture of baking soda and corn starch, but my arm pits became very irritated and the skin literally turned black as if burned. It's just very frustrating.
My sister has an underarm problem. I told her to use a deodorant, but it seems that its not effective. So I buy her a soap name deo cologne and use a deodorant. She is only 11 years old and I want her to be happy, doing the things that children can do. I don't want people talking about her behind her back about her odor. So how can I help my sister with her problem? (05/26/2008)
Ask your sister's doctor to prescribe Clindamycin Pledgets and HyperCare (dabber). The Clindamycin will help remove the bacteria from the armpits and the HyperCare will stop the sweating for up to 3-4 days at a time. To remove the dead bacteria skin from your armpits, Tazorac will help too, but it's very expensive, but it works! I hope this helps everyone! (06/04/2008)
This is my second post. I have come back to share something that is working for me. It is Milk of Magnesia. I know it sounds weird, but it really works. It does not control sweating, but I have never been much of a sweater. But even when I do sweat, I still don't have odor. It is amazing to me after all these years to have found something that actually works! I hope it works for others that are suffering too. (06/08/2008)
I am having the same issue - my right armpit is worse. I did try the shampoo to wash out the hair, but it really doesn't work 100%, although it does help a bit. I use some of those gloves that can assist in scrubbing harder. I will try the alcohol tonight. BTW - how is the Ginger used - orally? (06/09/2008)
I found a product from dermadoctor that seems to work really well on the odor (I don't sweat much). It's a bit pricey but worth it to me for not having the issue. They have a product that helps lighten the underarm area too if this has become discolored from "over-cleaning". Check it out if you can. (07/28/2008)
I have the same weird problem and it just started 1 year ago. I switched from Secret to Dove and it worked for a while. I went to the doctor and she told me to use some Witch hazel. It works. You can also use like some Seabreeze, or an astringent like you would put on your face. I also have to squeeze my armpits because they are pores, just like on your face. If you squeeze you'll see old deodorant coming out of your pores. It's gross but that is part of the problem. Squeeze the pores, then apply the witch hazel, and pat dry. Do this after washing with regular Dial antibacterial soap. It works. (08/01/2008)
By cutie pie
I am having the same problem with under arm odor. I bathe on a daily basis at least twice a day. As soon as my body temperature heats up, I begin sweating and my armpits emit an offensive odor. I use deodorant after every bath. I've tried the vinegar method and it did not work. I've also tried the hydrogen peroxide and it did not work. I'm running out of options. This problem is really interfering with a personal life and I dread to see summer coming because of the embarrassing odor. What should I do? Can a dermatologist help with this issue? (08/03/2008)
My husband has battled that same thing for years. I noticed him one evening putting on deodorant and I noticed he wasn't really working it in to the skin, he was kind of just flicking it under his arm.
One thing you have to do is get all the old deodorant off, and it doesn't just wash off with a few swipes of a soapy cloth. Deodorants have that waxy substance that helps them stay put. As you sweat, bacteria will grow and that causes the odor. If you don't get all the old deodorant off, it stands to reason there is still bacteria there and it makes itself known as soon as you heat up.
Make sure your arm pits are squeaky clean, then dry them really well. Someone else mentioned Witch Hazel, wipe your pits down real well with it, let it dry all the way, then apply the deodorant and make sure it goes all the way to the skin.
I don't know if you're a man or woman, but if you're a man, you have hair under there and you'll have to work a little harder at it. When my husband changed to "Men's Degree Clinical Protection",
his problem cleared up.
I'm a woman and I notice when I use deodorant in the morning, take a shower in the evening, even after I soap my pits, when I start to shave them I can feel the razor drag, and that tells me there is still deodorant under there, the stuff just doesn't wash away, I have to really scrub them to get all the deodorant off.
Good luck (08/03/2008)
I used to sweat very bad in my armpits (not a bad odor as much as embarrassing wetness), but someone recommended "CERTAIN DRY" antiperspirant and I have no more underarm sweat. I swear by this stuff. I'll even tell total strangers in the deodorant isle that this is the stuff to get. It takes care of embarrassing wetness, and I believe if you take care of the wetness, you will automatically take care of the odor. I can now wear anything I want and not feel shy to raise my arms up to grab something or have wet marks on clothes anymore. Hope this helps! (08/14/2008)
I know that this is pricey, but it's the best remedy, and if you can afford it, you'll no longer spend tons of money on products that just do not work! Botox, believe it or not, is great, because it slightly paralyzes the nerves under your arm, that; 1. It controls sweating, and 2. because the pores can't open all the way it controls the smell. I know it's a lot of money, but think about all the benefits. Talk to your health care professional about it. (Oh yeah, it also works great for the face if you have chronic sweating). (08/18/2008)
I don't sweat a lot but always had underarm odor minutes after showering. I kept drying different deodorants but finally found something that works. I started using Crystal Body Deodorant, it's like a stone that you wet and rub on and it's cheap, I found it for $1.60. No odor! I bought at IHerb.com and there is a $5 off for New Customers by using code HAZ996. (09/02/2008)
A few years back a dermatologist prescribed Drysol for me which is a liquid that prevents sweating when applied under your arm. This really worked for me although excessive sweating has never been a problem for me but even a light sweat would cause an odor. I am sure there are dozens of other remedies but this works. It's strong enough that you won't have to use any deodorants. I could generally go about 3-4 days without reapplying. However it's not for people with sensitive skin. (09/21/2008)
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I tried a combination of the advise offered here instead of just one, and it worked. First I sprinkled baking soda on a damp washcloth and scrubbed my underarms. Rinse, and dry well. Then I used a cotton ball and swabbed on alcohol, hold your arms up and let dry for a few seconds. Lastly I swabbed with a cotton ball some cider vinegar, and let dry while finishing up other toiletries. No deodorant whatsoever! The first day I had to reapply the alcohol swab and the vinegar 1/2 way through the day. After that I am odor free. I have had this problem for years, so I strongly urge others to try it! (10/24/2008)
The one thing that has helped me with my underarm sweating and odor, my doctor prescribed it. Vinegar, baking soda, lemon, etc only helped for a few hours or so. Sweat doesn't smell, but the bacteria on the skin does. Try the method (1-2 per prescription only)
1. Clindamycin Pledgets - topical antibiotic that removes the bacteria from the skin.
2. Hypercare (dab bottle) - stops the sweating for a few days at a time.
3.Wash underarm area with Safeguard Soap or any other anti-bacterial soap.
I hope this helps. (10/24/2008)
I have been dealing with this since I was a little girl. I have been wearing Mitchum since I was 7 and now I am 27. Some days it's fine, and some days it's like "whoa". Another thing to watch out for folks is fabrics. No polyester shirts! I realized a while back that Polyester is your worst enemy if you sweat heavy. The odor never comes out even when you wash it a zillion times. Some fabrics do not breathe and as a result once you start smelling or sweating its going to be a bad day. When I was a flight attendant my uniform was polyester, I used to wear a cotton t-shirt underneath to avoid the polyester touching my skin. (10/26/2008)
I've had the same terrible problem, I would smell even after I stepped out of the shower. Went to the dermatologist, who had nothing but topicals that would stop the wetness - that can't be healthy in the long run. So I started taking 2 apple cider vinegar tablets three times per day. Really, in a short while, around two weeks, I stopped smelling.
Now I use Secret Clinical Strength antiperspirant/deodorant advanced solid. I like the 'power protection scent'. Good luck to you - I'm sorry to see you upset, but I really understand from my own experience. God bless you from Smoochie (11/06/2008)
2-3 Chlorophyll Tabs with Mint will stop the odor (read up on the tabs on the Net). They work great, you'll see! (11/18/2008)
Try zinc oxide cream. It works wonders. It's typically found in diaper rash ointment like Desitin but I'm sure the generic version works as well. (11/20/2008)
Adidas makes an aluminum free deodorant for those worried about cancer, it works well for really bad odor but doesn't last very long, just a few hours. So I have to keep a moist towel and a stick of the deodorant with me all the time. (12/17/2008)
I'm a 20 year old female and I have really bad underarm odor. It all started when I was around 16 maybe. I can shower twice a day and it doesn't help. I've tried certain dry (and others) and I've been through so many men's and women's deodorants you wouldn't believe it.
I'm so embarrassed to lift up my arm, or reach for something, or even hug someone. It seems like my armpits get worse if I use a deodorant that has that antiperspirant aluminum stuff in it.
I'm not sure what to do. It depresses me and I feel disgusting all the time. It's even worse in the summer. I sweat easily and sometimes have sweat marks on my shirts. Someone please help me :(
I've considered the zinc tablets, tom's natural deodorant and rubbing alcohol. I'll report back in a week or two, but if anyone has any other suggestions, please let me know. (01/16/2009)
I had an infection in the hair follicles in my armpit. It smelled really bad. The dermatologist prescribed a gel to use twice a day, but the infection kept coming back. A new doctor told me to use HIBICLENS. You can buy it in the first-aid section in the drugstore. It is in a blue-green bottle containing 8 oz. of a miracle. It is an antibiotic/antimicrobial cleansing red liquid.
I wash my armpits ONLY with it every time I shower and then use a spray antiperspirant. I don't want to risk re-infection by using a roll-on or stick. Problem solved. Read the label carefully. (02/01/2009)
I find that using vinegar after baths helps with B O. Also take Zinc tablets, in a Doctor's office a sign says "Don't stink, take zinc". It works. Good luck. (02/01/2009)
By k w
My case is worse. I am allergic to commercial antiperspirants and deodorants. They would give me horrible red rash in seconds after application. For many years, I used foot powder to lessen the odor. It helped only to a certain degree. During really hot days, I would stink. These days however I am odor free.
Try this - white vinegar - it's the next best thing to sliced bread. I've seen testimonies on internet before but had never really tried it because I thought the vinegar scent would linger. Once it dries, you are odor free the whole day. It works for me. No harm if you try this. Not only that - this is so inexpensive. (02/05/2009)
By Peter D.
I had one underarm that smelled bad even after a shower. I had read a suggestion on this site somewhere to massage the armpit and surrounding areas. That the problem could have to do with the lymph nodes there. I haven't been able to find the original article I read but I want to thank the writer. I massaged for a while and when I stopped the smell was gone. Please try it before you go out and buy all sorts of stuff. It doesn't cost a thing and it honestly worked for me. It might help you too. (02/06/2009)
Thank you everyone for making me feel that I am not alone with the underarm odor. For some reasons I am feeling more confident now, thanks guys. (02/18/2009)
This is a temporary solution, but it works for at least a period of time. It's a quick fix for this cosmetic problem. I did it before my wedding and before any vacations. Go to a spa that has a really good steam room. The underarm smell will sweat itself out. Stay in there long enough (for me about 20 min) to truly unclog all of the pores in order to "start over". This works so well for me, and I wish I had the money to build a steam room in my home so I could do this every other week. (04/16/2009)
I'm so glad I found this and all the possible solutions to my problems. I sweat moderately (I live in Miami so it is impossible not to) but I shower and right after the shower my armpit smells, specially the right one.
I tried normal deodorants: Arid, dove, suave, almay, neutrogena, adidas, lady speed stick....all of them! And the first 2-3 days it was good, but by the 4th day the smell was back. It is a rather sour smell, its not like onions. But anyway, I just bought this Arid deodorant cream, and to my surprise it worked for a week or so, but no longer working. So I have to go with new ideas.
I have some questions for the people that said they use vinegar. Do you apply with a cotton ball and then let it dry? Or wait for it to dry and wash it off? Does it smell like vinegar? I don't want to fight the problem with another problem, you know? (05/18/2009)
I have underarm odor. I have tried all kinds of deodorants. I have tried alcohol and vinegar. Nothing seems to work for long periods of time. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
I had the same problem years ago and I went to the doctor and he prescribed "Drysol", and it worked great. I now use regular deodorant like Secret. (05/28/2009)
I took two, apple cider vinegar tablets three times a day and in about two weeks, no more body odor. (05/28/2009)
Put baking soda in your bath. It also softens the water and you use less soap. (05/28/2009)
By bird watcher
Like others have said, it's a bacterial problem. Just like bad breath, it's a sulfur compound that emits the odor, so neutralizing it is the key (I am a dental hygienist). The product you will find as a remedy is called Oxyfresh. They make a liquid soap called Cleansing Gele. Go to oxyfresh.com, then click on products top left, then scroll down to the bottom to "personal and home care", click, it's 3rd from the top on that next page. Now, the trick is to follow the instructions. It has stabilized chlorine dioxide in it. Which means, it has chlorine in it to deodorize but it doesn't smell like chlorine bleach.
The oxide part will kill the bacteria that are causing the problem. They are anaerobic (live w/o oxygen), and they smell. So you get a two pronged approach, you kill them and deodorize the sulfur compounds. The instructions will tell you to Leave the gele for a full minute. That is because it actually takes 60 seconds for the bacteria to have a reaction with the chlorine dioxide. And, the more often you knock down the bacterial count, the better success you will have. Chlorine dioxide oxidizes the bacteria, killing them. If you reduce their numbers, and deodorize what's left, you will not have body odor. I guarantee it. (05/30/2009)
Use antiperspirant. And also keep one in your purse/backpack so it can be reapplied later in the day. (05/30/2009)
Apple cider vinegar tablets. I'm pretty sure they are nothing more than acetic acid, which you can get from any chemical company. I used to have this problem and it took me quite a while to fix it, now I have almost no odor at all. My pits smell very mild now, for the bad news, it's one of the symptoms of candida over-growth. Candida is a very insidious thing. Anytime we have problems with our bodies, in any way, it's always, a symptom of other things going on and if we just cover them up, take a pain pill for joint pain or headaches or migraines or any other kind of pain, rashes, acne, regular pimples, eczema, vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, itchy skin, dandruff, anything that is other than good health. Now we can cover the symptoms, cover the pain or embarrassment and have it come back again and eventually have something worse or related to it, but that does not "CURE" it.
It's your body telling you something and we should all listen. And if your doctor gives you a Rx for it, you can be sure you are not fixing it. Pharmaceuticals do not cure, except in the case of a serious infection and then guess what, antibiotics kill the good bacteria and help candida to get way out of hand. It's all a vicious circle. Do some research on candida, it's scary. Candida surrounds and protects staff, it's at the center of tumors. Then stop eating all those easily digested carbs, they feed candida and find something that will kill it in your body and get some good probiotics.
Find a way to detox. It helps to get rid of all those nasty things that "CAN" cause odor. Candida is not an easy thing to get rid of and it takes time. Find out if you have anymore symptoms of this nasty stuff. If you detox and get rid of excess candida, you can lose weight, too, if that's your wish. I hope I haven't scared you or made you sick, but having gone through this and am still going through it, I know how awful things can get, don't let it go un-checked. (05/30/2009)
By c t
Taking vitamin C helped me. (05/30/2009)
"Mitchum" is the only thing that has worked for me for the last 54 years. I understand that it works on the worst of all body odor problems, and that it is guaranteed. Good luck, and keep us posted on what you do. (05/30/2009)
Metroplex had a good idea. I assume that's a cheaper way to go than using all different types of deodorant and find out what works best or you. The "market" has come out with much better odor control substances than in the past. Try that new one secret put out that's clinical strength and waterproof. How about cornstarch? I think our ancestors used to do that. (05/30/2009)
I have tried the Secret clinical, and it did not work. I am currently trying the Certain Dry that you apply at night. It is working so far, but I have only used it a couple of days. Other deodorant will usually only work about a week and then it doesn't anymore. (05/30/2009)
If your odor smells like copper, you are lacking in that mineral. A lot of people secrete a mineral and if they replenish it every day, they won't have a problem. You might also see a doctor about your sweat glands. Good luck! (05/30/2009)
Try the crystal deodorant stones. They can be purchased online and in some natural-type stores. Works great for feet as well. And cheap! Click here to learn more: http://www.thecrystal.com/crystal_story.cfm (05/30/2009)
Mitchum's works best. (06/01/2009)
I had the same problem, one armpit was red with a sticky awful smelling thick yellow tinged goo. Nothing worked until I wiped on a small dab of Desenex, you know, the stuff that prevents diaper rash. This dries it right up and no odor at all. Of course clean the area with soap and water first then apply a very thin layer, a little Desenex goes a long way. (06/07/2009)
I just posted this on another link, but here it goes again:
I swear by rubbing 1/2 lime (juice and skin) under your arm once a week (be careful skin is not irritated prior to applying the juice or it will sting). Lime juice is a mild disinfectant because it kills some bacteria.
I also swear by WELEDA natural deodorant (I prefer rose scent). It has natural citric oils and juices, no synthetics. You may be allergic to synthetic fragrances. (06/25/2009)
I guess it depends on why you're having it. I never in my life had underarm odor. I have always alternated the deodorants I used depending on what was cheapest at the time. Never had a problem, until a few months ago.
I tried everything, scrubbing real good to make sure all the old deodorant was off, then swabbing with alcohol, then putting on the deodorant. Within an hour I could smell myself. I changed to the clear gel and made sure it had alcohol in it, and I haven't had a problem since.
I will be honest with you, I think the people that produce these things are actually cutting back on the ingredients due to high costs. I really believe that some of the stick deodorants have more fillers than actual deodorant in them. (07/01/2009)
I've used Clearasil scrub (the stuff for zits) and hydrogen peroxide (and then soap) under my pits to get rid of the smell. This three part system worked for a few years. Now I've got a funky odor that won't go away even using those three items together. I think evolution is at work here - I'm left with bacterial that can survive Clearasil/hydrogen peroxide/soap. I change my diet to eat only good stuff, but my underarms still stink.
I just wiped white vinegar under my arms using a paper towel (soaked the folded paper towel in vinegar and held that under my arms for a minute). It smells like under arm stink and vinegar. I'll wash it off in the shower in a few minutes to see if it takes the stink with it and keep trying the vinegar over the next few days. I'm also gonna try rubbing alcohol as well. I'm then headed to a baking soda and lemon scrub. The 2 apple cider vinegar tablets three times per day seems like a good idea - attack the problem from the inside.
The lotions and creams and other underarm stuff is dumb since it merely tries to hide the problem rather than kill what ever is living in there. (07/19/2009)
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
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)
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:
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
I would see a doctor before trying to take care of it on your own. (11/05/2009)
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)
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)
My armpit smells badly. I need my friends back, it's urgent. Please help me.
By Irene from Burundi
After the bath, try vinegar 1 day and a mixture of corn starch and baking soda, then try aluminum free under arms. Sometimes we get immune to things. (05/30/2010)
Here's some suggestions that have worked for me:
1) Splash your arm pits with rubbing alcohol or Ambler colored Listerine when they start to stink or you start to sweat. (Especially in the summertime!) Only use the original Amber colored Listerine, all other kinds have sweeteners added! You can put the Listerine or Rubbing Alcohol (or mix them both together) into a well-marked spray bottle and spray this on your pits. It will kill germs that cause odors!
2) Exfoliate your arm pits weekly, by using table salt or plain sugar to scrub them. This removes dead skin cells. Just put some soap on, then rub the sugar around, then rinse well. (I keep an old plastic vitamin bottle filled with sugar in my shower area). You can also use St. Ives Apricot scrub. Don't overdo it, once a week is enough!
3) Switch from Antiperspirant to Deodorant. Antiperspirant can backfire and make you sweat even more, also antiperspirant leaves a sticky film on your pits and on your clothes! Instead, buy Tom's natural deodorant and a Potassium crystal (a natural salt crystal antiperspirant) at the health food store.
4) Take Zinc with your meals. Zinc helps stop body odor.
5) Wear white T-shirts under your clothes that you bleach each time you wash them. This is for 2 reasons. Dyes make you sweat more (so white works best) and bleach kills the germs that cause body odor on your clothes. For colors that can not be bleached, pour hydrogen peroxide on the arm pits of these clothes to kill the bacteria that may be left, it kills the germs with oxygen. Almost any old clothes can have left-over bacteria in the fibers. You may have to scrub the pits with a toothbrush and peroxide and wash with oxi-clean, or better yet, use Tide "Sport" with Febreze (a new laundry detergent that removes odors from clothes). Pour this on your clothes' arm pits and scrub with an old toothbrush then wash as usual.
6) Drink lots of water (to clean out toxins) and eat lots of fiber (so you won't be constipated and have toxins).
7) Chlorophyll will also help body odor. (Ask about it at the health food store.) Or drink wheat grass.
8) Stay away from Asparagus and Brussels sprouts, they can cause body odor.
9) You can also use a purified clay (called Bentonite) sometimes mixed with herbs on your pits that is sold in Health Food Stores that absorbs sweat and odors. Since you do not live in America, If you can't find this you can use a medicated body powder that has menthol and eucalyptus in it.
* I wanted to say something about using Cornstarch for body powder. I recently heard on a radio show to never use it because it's a food product that fungus and bacteria like, so stick with the clay body powder and stay away from cornstarch. (I used cornstarch until I heard this, now I don't!) (05/31/2010)
Have you tried an underarm rock crystal deodorant? My best friend swears by it also, you can dab some vinegar on a wet cotton ball and use that. A construction worker told me that trick. (05/31/2010)
Try to eliminate stress and anxiety. They are great at keeping the smell going.
Use alcohol when not fresh shaved, and vinegar in laundry. The smell stays in your clothes. No aluminum deodorants, it stimulates Alzheimer's they say. Salt or sugar scrub was a good idea. Use mint under arms, I've washed with toothpaste.
But, eliminate the anxiety and relax. Take a deep breath. If the stress won't go away, keep clean, eat good, and eliminate well, as another post mentioned. Garlic and onions will make it worse too. (06/02/2010)
I have a suggestion. If you are staying clean, using deodorant (vinegar also does help), drinking plenty of fluids and not eating a lot of food (garlic, onion, etc) that can make your body odor stronger, then you might consider seeing your doctor about it, especially if you haven't had a recent physical.
This past year or more I noticed that my body odor was stronger, and when I would get sweaty or have a hot flash, I felt plain stinky! I was recently diagnosed with diabetes and I am noticing that with my blood sugar under control, the smell is gone and the few times my blood sugar count has gone too high, the smell seems to be back.
Not meant to alarm you, just make you aware that sometimes there can be an underlying medical condition causing things like this! (06/02/2010)
I use Mitchum antiperspirant, which is made for odorific arm pits. I also wipe plain vinegar on the pit skin. It kills the bacteria, though it will come back, unless all your laundry is cleaned with bleach. (06/03/2010)
I used to have very stinky underarms a while back. I went to a doctor and the only thing he told me to help is that he would have to take out the sweat glands. I started using baking soda, nothing else. Just spread the baking soda on my underarms. I sometimes had to do it more than once a day. It worked for me. I now don't need it anymore but it sure helped when I was working in an office full of girls who used to complain a lot about my smelling. Hope this helps you. (06/03/2010)
Here's something further in the line of diabetes:
Candida is often the cause of many skin issues, not the least of which is body odor and glucose feeds candida. If it is systemic, it needs to be taken care of, cause candida can cause many, many serious health concerns. (06/03/2010)
By c t
Wash your skin with bicarb and water and dry thoroughly. Then rub in some coconut oil into the affected area. Do this every day. You also need to attack the problem from the inside. It sounds like you have a yeast overgrowth. Cut out all sugar and dairy from your diet for 2 weeks. You should see an improvement. Also, take flax seed oil or evening primrose oil every day. This will help kill the excessive yeast and bring your body back into balance again. (06/10/2010)
By Spanish Girl
Sweating isn't a crime, it's nature, and although society doesn't really help, it happens on a daily, hourly, every minute, basis. If you are sweating easily, you should purchase this handy little pack of Once A Week wipes. The Once A Week wipes make you feel and smell cleaner, and because their size isn't that big, you can simply stick them in your bag and use them whenever you work up a sweat! Well, Once A Week is fragrance free, it helps you to neutralize body odors, but not using fragrance to make you smell better as others. (09/24/2010)
My under arms smell so badly. How can I remove the smell?
By Juno from Kathmandu
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)