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Posted by: Lee | 2004/10/11

Body Odour

What causes and what can be taken to treat bad body odour?

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Lee, it might be due to bromhidrosis, drugs that are being taken and even certain foods (garlic being the most famous). The best would be to see your doctor and have it sorted out. Good luck.
FYI: Bromhidrosis is a condition in which there is a fetid odour of the skin caused by decomposition of the sweat and cellular debris by bacteria and yeasts.
Bromhidrosis often resolves with scrupulous cleanliness. Daily bathing with a liquid soap containing chlorhexidine and application of an aluminium chlorhydroxy complex preparation (found in most commercial antiperspirants) are usually adequate. Topical antibacterial creams or lotions (eg, clindamycin, erythromycin) may be useful adjuncts. Shaving the axillary hair may also be necessary.

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