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Question posted by Malu Lücking
Hello Dr. Callewaert, I am a student of textile and surface design specialised in Bioart/Biodesign. At the moment I am joining the biohacking lab 'Waag' in Amsterdam. I always wanted to do a project about microbs and I am fascinated how odor influences us and our behaviour. My first idea was to make it possible to share microbes with people like the sour dough as kids that you share, grow and share again. Through a lot of research I arrived to the point where I know, I wanna work with body odor. I have different ideas that I could imagine to work on. I would love to get more information about sweat and body odor and I guess there is no better person to ask for help then you. I would like to ask you very kind if it maybe would be possible to come for a visit to Ghent to have a talk about body odor and my ideas. It would be an amazing opportunity for me to learn and share ideas. Have a wonderful day. Best regards, Malu
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Question posted by Mary Ann
Dear Dr Armpit, Help help help... I read you are able to help in a solution for having a very bad smell under the armpits. Personally I have never had this issue before, but after having a short relationship and being intimate several times with a guy 2 years ago at the age of 38, I have this smell under my armpits. Nothing works and I have tried só much different options like all sorts of deodorant (natural, chemical, cheap, expensive, zilver, salt, baking soda), anti transpirants, 96% alcohol, tea tree, iodine and making sure that I mostly wear cotton clothes, but really nothing works. I even worn the sleeping tshirt of my mom after she had worn it for a week, but that didn’t help either. Could you please help? This smell is an obstruction in daily life. Thanking you in advance. Kind regards, Mary Ann
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Question posted by Emmeline
Hi Dr Callewaert, I never used to smell, but used antiperspirant every day regardless because I thought that's just what you're supposed to do. About a year or so ago, I stopped using antiperspirant because I became alert to how bad it may be for you. I tried a few natural deodorants for a while - none of them worked well. For the first time in my life, I became very self conscious of how I smelled, because I was not smelling good at all. After a lot of natural deodorant research and experimentation, I finally ended up settling on just using men's Old Spice deodorant because it was cheap, widely available, and it worked. For a while. I've been using it for over half a year now. In the beginning I was really happy I thought I had found a solution. I felt good about finding a non-antiperspirant that was pretty effective. However, the past month or so, I've become increasingly concerned that I'm smelling worse and worse. The deodorant no longer seems to be working very well. I've thought about switching back to antiperspirants, but I feel like this isn't a good long term solution either :\ You mentioned in one of your posts: "If you do not have smelly armpits: keep it like that and don’t overuse deodorants. Because, if you’re using a lot of deodorants, more different bacteria will occur, and if one of those bacteria is an odor-causing bacterium, and he can suddenly take over, smelly armpits will be the results." So I think I've already over-used at this point and some odor-causing bacterium has indeed taken over! Do you have any advice for what I can do now?? Should I just switch back to antiperspirants?? I'm tired of being self-conscious of my smell :'(
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Question posted by Jessy
I coughed wicked hard and both my armpits hurt and I’d really appreciate an explanation
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Question posted by Yaneev
you have transplanted bacteria from a living relative and it had absolutely no effect to the body odor as rated by your odor panel?
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Question posted by Enough
Hi Dr. Armpit, I'm a 34 year old female and I've suffered from underarm odor for the past 20 years. I've tried EVERYTHING, with Botox to minimize the sweating in hope all of eliminating the odor and although my sweat was suppressed, I was still emanating awful underarm odor. I have seen many articles and read up on many of your stories and I'm so interested in taking part and getting this underarm bacteria transplant. This odor problem has negatively affected my life and it's very depressing. I am willing to try ANYTHING that would make this go away. Please let me know how I can be part of your research. Thank you for researching this specific issue. I feel like I'm the only person I know that has this issue, but at least I know I am not alone.
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Question posted by Coco
Hi Dr. Armpit. If there is a way that I can volunteer, because I think you'll gonna find lots and lots of bacteria on my armpits. I haven't said thank you for your research! Is there a way I/can we subscribe to the progress of the research? Thank you!!
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Question posted by Coco
Hi, Dr. Armpit. I have a new found hope after watching your TEDx presentation. I am Southeast Asian, female, 25 years old, I have wet earwax too. Rancid olive oil, antibiotic smell, oniony, ripe guava smell, old damp dirty cloth smell, those are the odors I smell everyday. Since 13 I suffer from this, deos can handle it but as I turn older, no deodorant or antiperspirant worked,even Clinical Strength. Dermatologists failed to help me too. So I decided to do a SURGICAL Removal of Sweat Glands, but after a week, the odor came back. After that, I don't use strong antiperspirant deodorant. Just Potash Alum with dried herbs, it doesn't work to but is easier to re-apply. Whatever I put it leaves my armpits to have like dozens of little paper cuts, which is painful and causes a lot more odor. I tried low choline, and low sulfur diet, but didn't help much, and I'm not getting enough nutrition. I tried putting baking soda, but it will give me that rancid olive oil smell, while vinegar gives me oniony smell. Chlorophyll doesn't help me to, it just gave me sunburn even will low dosage. I notice that 1 day before I get my period, its either I'm extremely odorous or NO odor at all. Also about 3 months ago, I have a tooth infection so my dentist prescribed me CLINDAMYCIN, and for 2 weeks!! I notice while and after taking it my odor went to the next level! No soap or old regimen can fight or take out the odor. Is it because of the antibiotic or just coincidence? Even I clean it for about more that 20 times each armpit per bath, There is still that hint of BO, and the odor got worsten. Is it metabolic, but the odor is concentrated on my armpits? Is it hormonal, but I only find researches about menopause and BO? Is it because I have wet earwax? Is it the pH level? I am not overweight, and doesn't drink and smoke. Very hygienic. Sometimes I don't want to take a bath anymore, but whenever I smell it, it makes me dizzy, especially other people. My sister has dry earwax and no BO at all even though she sweat a lot. I am taking probiotics now, and stopped taking turmeric supplements, because I found out that even they are antibacterial, they increase the sulfur in the body. I haven't applied any antibiotics on my pits because I am very cautious and might create bacterial immunity and resistance. Can you help me, why do I smell like this? Should I stop my deodorant search, and diet, just enjoy food? I don't go out anymore, and just existing in the 4 corners of my house. One of my bucket list is to come to Belgium and seek treatment from you <3 Thank you!
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Question posted by Marisol
Hello there My name is Marisol and I do gymnastics and every time I do gymnastics I sweat under my underarm and my coach is like hands up and I never do that because it affects me a lot and I just get nervous and say are people going to laugh and I try this product called Sweatblock and it was working but no any more I really need your help is there anything I can do contact me right away.
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Question posted by Polo
I'm from Philippines and there's no effective deodorant This odor really ruin my life. Some tell me I smell. A bad smell. i Was thinking soon I will hanging myself. Because of The depress kill me slowly. Then one day of found this website and this give me hope
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Question posted by Britt
My classmate and I are busy with studying the working of deodorant for our schoolproject. We are from the Netherlands and we would appreciate it if you could answer some questions. _ what are the basic ingredients of a deodorant? - how works a deodorant? groetjes Britt
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Question posted by Len
My boyfriend left work in the morning smelling like onions. His armpits were so foul that it had stunk up the room. He comes home at night with no smell whatsoever. He says he doesn’t know why that happens. Is this possible? Is it possible for the smell to just magically go away on its on without having to shower?
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Question posted by Savannah
For months I have been dealing with itchy, sore, raw,armpits. Dry skin is apart of it. My skin is also noticeably dark. It started as a itchy bump, went on to be a yeast infection paired with what seemed to be excels (I used excema cream prescribed to my boyfriend and it all cleared up) and now my armpits are just constantly itchy and sore and raw. This has been going on since June and it’s now December. I plan on changing my deodorant to something more natural and I’m going to start using some ph balancing body wash, what else could I try to see if it helps this problem. I still ise my boyfriends cream, but we are out. I am not diagnosed with excess but the cream seems to always temporarily help. I also plan on trying to moisturize my armpits more often to help with dry itchy skin.
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Question posted by Shannah
Is there anything effective to help with my bromihidrosis? It is recking my life.
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Question posted by Marie
I'm interested in Dr. Armpit's opinion on the new Lume "Deodorant". I put it in quotes because supposedly it's more of an odor preventative. Most deodorants contain antiperspirants that close the eccrine glands, reducing moisture, and/or perfumes that cover up body odor. Lume supposedly works differently — disabling an enzyme that bacteria need to consume molecules and release odor. It is unscented. I bought some and tried it on my groin area, and it works great. I haven't yet tried it on my armpits ... mostly because I naturalized them a long time ago, so I only use a spritz of vinegar after bathing and that tends to keep them mostly smell-free (plus washing my clothes in vinegar or bleach and only wearing natural fiber clothing, plus I had my underarm hair lasered, so nothing grows). Most days I have no stink, even after exercise. On occasion, especially around ovulation, I get crazy stinky armpits for a day or two. I'd like to use the Lume on those days, but I'm worried that I will disrupt my underarm biome. I'm also considering MiraDry, as it would reduce the sweat (even though I don't have a lot, I figured less sweat = less stink).
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Question posted by Ravi
Hi i am from india. I too have underarm odour problem since Last 7 year after hitting puberty. I am dealing with this problem daily as even after shower i have odour within minute. I tried antiperspirant and deodorant but they totally can't cover smell hence i need permanent solution I think this is all because excess harmonal activity. Is there anyone who got rid of their problem? If yes then please let me know THANK YOU #RAVI
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Question posted by Bella
Thank you Dr.Armpit for your research. I've been struggling with body odor (armpit & feet) and constant bacterial infections since highschool and I thank you for your research. Even though my day-to-day life can be very embarrassing and hard, I've found alternatives (I work from home, which is a HUGE relief and helps with my social anxiety), and I am closely monitoring your page for research updates. This is not an easy topic to tackle and I'm happy to read and learn on this page. If only I could get a doctor to look into the bacteria I have on my armpits, but I have yet to find a doctor who is willing to do a skin biopsy or take me seriously...
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Question posted by Aimee
Dear Dr Armpit, Recently I read that you are working on a bottle with the good (anti odor) bacteria inside so, people can buy it and be odorfree for some days/weeks. Are you able to tell when it will be in stores (if it will come in stores)? Hoping to hear from you. Thanking you in advance. KR Aimee
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Question posted by Rachelle
Hello Dr.Armpit do you know when a product containing a bacteria solution will be available on the market? In fact since I've got body odor I have no social life and I truly believe you'll be my saver. Thank you very much
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