There’s an unseen but definitely smelled epidemic of bromhidrosis that we all need to talk about. It is quite often a taboo subject for people to talk about so we’ll help and we’ll need you to help by sharing this as widely as you can.
You may be familiar with it, the odd scent that trails that person who walks into the room and it seems an extra presence surrounds them.
See, there is a certain smell that the body can give off when bacteria that live on the skin break sweat down. If you have the smell you may not know that you do but others definitely notice.
You may have body odour and we are here to tell you. And help you tell others. Here’s some information to understand the condition or to help someone you know who might have it.
Is body odour normal?
No, it really isn’t. Bromhidrosis, that’s the medical term for body odour, often kicks in at puberty because of hormones called androgens; these hormones are not active until puberty. This is why teenagers stink up the house and need good hygiene more than ever.
Body odour is usually associated with the armpits, but it can also occur in the feet, groin, belly button, upper thighs and around the anus.
People who are obese or who regularly eat spicy foods, as well individuals with medical conditions like diabetes are even more susceptible to having body odour.
Check your sweat
Sweating is how our bodies regulate temperature and with our weather here in Nigeria, you are likely to sweat a little bit every day. Even more so when you work out or even just walk outside.
Your skin’s bacteria multiply rapidly when sweat lingers on your skin and body odour is often from the breakdown of keratin protein on the surface of the skin.
Thoroughly washing the skin with soap and a sponge, especially the areas prone to sweating can help control body odour in general.
Prevention & Control
In general and for armpit body odour, these tips should help:
While smelly feet are less of a problem socially than underarm odour, taking off shoes can unleash a wave of pungent odour. This may get awkward if you visit a home where shoes are taken off before entering.
The following may help control foot odour:
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