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Preventing Underarm Odor

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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June 25, 2013 Flag
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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.

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March 24, 2016 Flag
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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.

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    March 25, 20160 found this helpful

    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!!

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    March 25, 20160 found this helpful

    Try antibacterial hand soap on underarms for 2 weeks

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    November 28, 2010 Flag
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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!

    By Tina

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    January 11, 20150 found this helpful

    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.

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    January 18, 20160 found this helpful

    Do you drink this? If so how much and where do you find it?

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    May 6, 2013 Flag
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    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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      March 27, 2014 Flag

      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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        March 3, 2016 Flag
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        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.

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          March 5, 20160 found this helpful

          Perhaps research the cause of strong body odour? For instance, some people love to eat garlic and the aroma oozes out of their pores.

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          March 4, 2011 Flag
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          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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          April 20, 20110 found this helpful

          Try a mens brand deodorant, it works better than womans.

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          June 5, 20110 found this helpful

          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.

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          December 23, 2014 Flag
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          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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          December 24, 20140 found this helpful

          Are you wearing polyester clothing? I find that when I wear cotton, there is little or no odor from perspiration. However, when I wear synthetics, there is. Also, you must change shirts/tops every day in hot weather. You can't expect clothing to be fresh smelling on the second day!

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          December 24, 20140 found this helpful

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

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          October 20, 2009 Flag
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          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

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          October 22, 20090 found this helpful

          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.

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          October 22, 20090 found this helpful

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

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          February 11, 2013 Flag
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          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!

          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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          September 14, 2010 Flag
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          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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          September 17, 20100 found this helpful

          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):

          http://www.health911.com/body_odor

          http://www.associatedcontent.com/ar ... standing_the_cause_of_body_odor.html

          http://www.ehow.com/how_2034336_body-odor-foods.html

          http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/symptoms/body_odor/causes.htm

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          September 28, 20100 found this helpful

          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.

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          October 19, 2014 Flag
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          Our son exercises and then he has a cat urine odor when he's done.

          By Jean

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          October 20, 20140 found this helpful

          Hi, is he drinking enough water? Also try Dial body wash soap or Dial bar soap. It helps kill bacteria that causes odor. Good luck.

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          March 4, 2011 Flag
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          My under arms smell so badly. How can I remove the smell?

          By Juno from Kathmandu

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          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

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          October 19, 2010 Flag
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          My armpit smells badly. Please help me.

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          May 30, 2010 Flag
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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.

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          November 2, 2009 Flag
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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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