There are three completely different kinds of problem that are responsible for bad body odour

1. Hygiene problem; not cleaning up properly, not having proper bath or using clean clothes. Ask the pharmicist for advice on soaps and cleansers and deodorants. But be warned; an excess of chemicals can make things worse, not better. Take advice and follow it.

2. Skin problem; if you have a bit of eczema or psoriasis or allergy problems, it is possible that a skin infection, probably fungal, is contributing to the problem. You need to know, and if that’s the case, it is treatable, though not always easily.

3. There are some uncommon genetic conditions that are associated with odour. They are uncommon, and there are methods of dealing with the problem. Again, consult your doctor.

Golden rules to fight body odour

Take a shower using an antibacterial soap followed by a deodorant once in a day especially in the areas around the anus and the genitals.

When bathing, use a good brush in circular movement.

Use cotton clothes especially cotton undergarments, which lets the skin breathe. Avoid synthetic clothes.

Wear loose cloths instead of figure-hugging ones and change your cloths daily.

Washing areas under the armpits is a must as 80% of the body’s sweat is present there.

If you’re buying products to handle perspiration knowing their difference is a must. For example, antiperspirants stop the sweat from leaving the skin by blocking the pores while deodorants destroy the bacteria when sweat leaves the body.

To get rid of smelly feet, wash and dry between the feet adequately and wear well-ventilated footwear to let feet breath.

Double-check your Medicine. Synthetic hormones, oral contraceptives, steroids and some asthma medications stimulate sweat production. Respond by applying medically formulated antibacterial creams to your underarms.

Use a deodorant or anti-perspirant that contains aluminium chlorohydrate or zirconium.

Curb your coffee and tea intake. Caffeine can stimulate the autonomic nervous system, which regulates sweating. Limit yourself to two cups daily.

Avoid alcohol since it increases perspiration potential by dilating blood vessels.

If none of the above work and or the scent of your perspiration becomes stronger or more intense. See your doctor.

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