Body odor

Body odor may be caused by simple failure of personal hygiene or oral hygiene, or there may be an underlying disorder. Breath odor may be perceived as body odor, and there are numerous causes of breath odor ranging from dental problems and minor oral infections to severe diseases. Certain types ...

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Body odour is the unpleasant smell produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the acids in your sweat. The medical term is bromhidrosis. Anyone who has reached puberty can produce body odour, as this is when the apocrine sweat glands develop, which produce the sweat that bacteria can ...1

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Causes

Simple Causes: Causes of abnormal body odors may include:

  • Normal. Everyone has some level of body odor.
  • Poor general hygiene (e.g. rarely washing)
  • Poor dental hygiene (e.g. irregular brushing of teeth)
  • Puberty. Increased hormones often mean increased sweating ...
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Causes of Body odor

Body smells are caused by a number of factors working in combination, including, Chemicals in sweat, wastes excreted through the skin, such as metabolised alcohol, the actions of bacteria that live on the skin and feed on dead skin cells ...2

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Diagnosis of Body odor

When to see your GP: See your GP if:

  • your sweating or body odour is causing you distress
  • you notice a change in your body odour
  • you suddenly begin to sweat much more than usual

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Causes List for Body odor

Possible causes of Body odor (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Types

Body odor from different parts of the body includes:

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Treatments for Body odor

Managing body odour Excessive sweating and body odour is an unpleasant problem that can affect a person's confidence and self-esteem. A body odour problem can usually be managed by getting rid of excess skin bacteria - which are responsible for ...5

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Prevention of Body odor

One of the most effective ways we have to protect ourselves and others from illness is good personal hygiene. This means washing your hands, especially, but also your body. Personal hygiene, such as bathing, is very much dependent on the ...6

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References

  1. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Body-odour/ 
  2. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 20/ 122/ 204/ body-odour
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Body-odour/ 
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ Body-odour/ 
  6. Source: Queensland Health: conditions.health.qld.gov.au/ HealthCondition/ condition/ 20/ 122/ 204/ body-odour

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