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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.
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.
Read up on anti bacterial soaps. They are being over used and encouraging the germs to become stronger. Regular soap and deodorant is the better way to go.
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.
I recently started using a homemade one as well and am amazed at how well it works. Mine uses coconut oil as a base, but also has a bit of baking soda, arrowroot, and a few drops of essential oil (optional of course). I found the recipe online by googling it but can't remember where. Basically you mix all the ingredients together with a rubber spatula or similar, and put it in a jar of some kind. Makes it more like a cream deodorant, without all the chemicals. I keep a tiny cosmetics spatula (purchased from a Sally Beauty Supply) in the jar so I won't have to dig in with my finger and get it under my nails.
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.
Years ago, I started taking Zinc once a day for a different problem and found I no longer need deodorant. It took some time before I realized I no longer had strong underarm odor. As long as I take one 50mg zinc a day, I can stop with deodorant. Hope this helps someone else.
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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!
Hi. I suffered from armpit odor since elementary school. Just recently I finally got it controlled. I'm 31 years old. I had a regime. I would scrubbed my armpits in the shower, like 3 times. Due to old deodorant residue. Then I would put hand sanitizer. It will sting, please blow. Then hydrogen peroxide. Bacintracin. Then my arrid or degree deodorant. Then finally a splash of peeixidr over the deodorant.. it's what helped. But then it started itching due to over drying. Finally I went to the dermatologist and confessed my regime. They prescribed me Clindamycin phosphate topical solution. I'm using that now. And it's a SUCCESS! I been using it for 3 days, with my degree of Sheer Powder, OMGOSH, MY ARMPITS smell amazing! ! I can't stop sniffing myself! Thank you God! It's an emotional moment.
Hi can you please post a picture of the Clindamycin phosphate topical solution thanks
I shower everyday and use deodorant, but the odor is still there. What should I do to remove the odor? Please help me.
I found if I drink a lot of water it clears up. The things that will cause odor is under arm deodorant and medication as well as tight clothing. You need to sweat and drink a lot of water to flush out the things that cause the odor. Good luck and God bless you.
Try a mens brand deodorant, it works better than womans.
I'm 16 and I had a baby about a month and a half ago and ever since then my armpits stink really badly. Nothing works. I shower everyday and sometimes more than once and nothing works. I have tried using everything I possibly could. I need help.
Look it up on webmd. You might have a chemical deficiency due to your recent birth. They will be able to give you facts. PS: I do know if your scent smells like pennies, you need copper. Trace minerals keep us going so if you need some, webmd.com will tell you. Good luck!!
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
Try rubbing hand sanitizer in your armpits on a daily basis. It works.
You could have trimethylaminuria. The rotten burps is a tip off.
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
I would look on webmd but if her underarms smell like a penny, she is losing copper. Perhaps vitamins, or talking to your doctor will help.
I would call or take her to her pediatrician. Six seems awful young to be having underarm odor.
I've tried a lot of anti-perspirant, deodorants, alum/deodorant crystal, and natural remedies like lemon and baking soda, but it seems like they all don't help prevent my underarm odor. What should I do? I am so confused. I am using vinegar and it works for me as of now. But are there any other products or ways I should use or try? Thank you.
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
Thank you so much for your suggestions/comments. I tried rubbing under my arms with sugar to help get rid of the residue from the deodorant, and followed up with vinegar. I didn't put deodorant on right away and I haven't been this fresh in a while! I am so happy about this breakthrough (I don't know how long it will last) but I'm going to try the apple cider vinegar tablets also. Thanks again!
Body odor is most often caused by diet and can also be caused by certain medications or disease. I've had a couple of friends who had horrible body odor but once they changed their diet all was well again :-) Here are some links with information (the second link is a two page link):
Our son exercises and then he has a cat urine odor when he's done.
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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)
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)
After reading many post and trying everything, I finally found the solution that works for me... Im 43 yr old female and have had bad armpit odor since I was 17... I use lemon juice (from dollar tree) and apply it to a cotton ball, I wipe my armpit, not just the middle but the sides too... Im like a normal person now, even when sweating a lot, I can barley smell anything... I wish, I would have know about this many years ago... I even went one day without using the lemon juice and I was still not bad.. I still use deodorant, but just the regular kind now... Even the cheap kind... I hope this helps anyone out there.. Its really cheap, it wont hurt to give it a try... btw it burns at first but eventually goes away...
My under arms smell so badly. How can I remove the smell?
I have underarm odor. Nothing seems to work for long periods of time. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
My one arm pit seems to smell just about all the time. Even after showering. Do you know what causes this?