Sweating is important to keep our body healthy. Sweat keeps our body cool and helps eliminate some of the toxins from our body through the pores of the skin. There are two types of sweat glands: the eccrinte glands and the apocrine glands. The eccrinte glands which count to about three million is located all over the body. The eccrinte glands produce salts and can pass smells and odors such as the food we ate like onions. The apocrine glands line the armpits, groin and feet excrete oils and draw in bacteria. When the bacteria starts thriving in your sweat, this is when body odor starts. The intensity of odor will depend on the amount of sweat and the length of time it stays on your body. Excessive perspiration could be caused by eating extremely spiced foods, an overactive thyroid or other hormonal changes, and also stress or nervousness.
Remedies for Body Odor
- Thorough cleanliness is the key to eliminating body odor. Daily bathing with an anti-bacterial soap is important.
- Removal of underarm hair through shaving or waxing also helps.
- Use an antiperspirant containing aluminum chlorhydrate
- use a deodorant foot spray and wear only newly washed cotton socks. Avoid using of nylon socks if your feet sweat a lot.
- Practice stress management by doing relaxation exercises and meditation.
In extreme cases, doctors can surgically remove the sweat glands in an affected person's underarms.
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