Body odour is an unavoidable occurence and it affects everyone. It is a natural body function called sweating or perspiration on the skin surface which causes body odour.
As much as we talk of smell and odor, sweat is actually odourless but if left on the skin the bacteria that normally live on the skin break it down. This process releases chemicals that give it an unpleasant smell. ]
Because each individual is different - their sweating maybe more severe than that to what others may suffer. Sweating can be mild for some but a problem for others.
Some areas of the skin such as the armpits and genitals are more likely to produce body odour because the sweat glands in these areas are slightly different. These glands produce proteins and oily substances that bacteria feed on. Sweat elsewhere in the body is mostly salty water and bacteria cannot thrive so easily, so less odour-forming chemicals are made.
One common body odour we can all relate too is that of terribly smelling feet that smells like old rotten cheese. Foot odour normally forms because the feet are closed in. The heat and humidity causes the bacteria and fungi to flourish.
Body odour is different for everybody. Some body odours can rise from what you eat. Particular food types can enforce smells. Chemicals contained in certain food cant encourage excretion in the skin are the much favoured Indian curry, garlic and even strong spices. Body odour is more directed towards adults because children rarely have body odour. The reason for this is because young children have not yet reached puberty. Puberty is when specialised glands in the armpits and genital areas become active.
Hygiene is most profound for the prevention of body odors developing. There are many products to help reduce odors or unpleasant smells, but if bathing is not performed dailly then these products will not help. In fact they will only add to your problem, Imagine adding to the old sweat on the body r with a scented deodorant. At puberty sweat glands are stimulated by hormones and protein thus increasing the oil production by the skin in armpits and genital areas.
Body odours vary from person to person. Hot and humid conditions increase the odour and the sweating.
Using antiperspirants and deodorant are most usefull helping to reduce sweating (some also inhibit bacterial growth).
Fresh clothes is important, never put on an item of clothing that you have worn prior because bacteria may still be settled on the sweaty garment. Clothing should be washed at a high temperature and then dried as quickly as possible (bacteria can survive in damp clothing and produce a characteristic smell within the clothing).
Your feet need to be washed and dried thoroughly and treated with antifungal (anti-athlete's foot) powders if necessary.
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