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Question posted by LindaSays
I believe we are suffering from bacterial biolfilms. In my car, I suffer from a Candida or fungus overgrowth because I have dealt with yeast infections, senorrheic dematisits and toenail fungus. This all posts to my immune system being compromised and the yeasts are taking over. My odor is constant, as soon as I step out the showe, I will smell. Every part of my body puts out an unpleasant scent that can range from bread, sewage to fecal. Why is this happening to me??
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Question posted by mirian
guys maybe try taking a bath instead of shower? i think it will work because when i was going to the swimming pool i never had body odor i never wore deodorant and i was a teenager. im 17 now but i noticed that i have bad body odor since i quit swimming and deodorants cant help. i used antiperspirants too for a while by accident because i thought it was deodorant lol so that might have contributed to my smelly armpits. i hope this will work
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Question posted by JR
Hi. Three months ago, I stopped using commercial antiperspirants and began using a "natural" deodorant. I had profuse sweating for a few days. After that, the deodorant worked well and my armpits felt lovely. All was well for about 6 weeks. At that time, the natural deodorant started to get less and less effective. I had to reapply every 3 hours then last week, I developed body odor about an hour after showering and using the natural deodorant. I read online reviews of deodorants and learned this is a common issue. Many deodorants work for a few weeks then become ineffective. I didn't want to go back to antiperspirants because it is really bizarre and unnatural to make yourself not sweat. After considering this, I realized that even deodorants that are considered natural are still unnatural. But I didn't want to smell so I tried an experiment. So far it's working great but it's only been two days. For the past two days, I took a shower in the morning, put nothing under my arms and had zero body odor for at least 15 hours. I might be on to something. What I did differently was that I used bentonite clay mixed with water under my arms before my shower. I made a thick mixture of clay and water, spread it on my armpits and let it dry for about 20 minutes. Then I got in the shower and washed it off and showered like I usually do. I would love to know why this works and whether it will continue to do so. Bentonite clay is said to have negative ions that bind with junk like bacteria and viruses. So it may be binding to and removing bacteria from the armpit. My other theory is that it might shrink the sweat glands. I have been sweating the past two days but not very much. I hope you can investigate this and report your findings. I'd love to know the science behind what I am experiencing and I would love the world to know that there is a better way to handle armpit stinkiness (assuming this process actually works for others and continues to work for me).
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Question posted by Ella
Hi dr.Armpit, I sent you an email about participating in your study. I was wondering: I have armpit odor and I have a doctor’s appointment soon. Is it possible to ask for an armpit bacterial culture? Do you think this can help? Thanks Ella
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Question posted by annabel
Soon you will find a solution but only people near your place can solve it right but the other country not enough money to go your country?.can you still help the other country ?
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Question posted by Sam
Hi. I’ve been taking omega three fish oils as well as cod liver oil and vitamin raw b complex for about 9 years now and I have a feeling it’s causing me to sweat more and smell. Can this be the cause of my problem? If so how long do you think it will take to leave my system as fish oils stick to your fat. Thank you
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Question posted by special
We're proud of you Dr armpit you help the other people battling body odor cause bully and suicide
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Question posted by looy
Hi i have body odor for 15 years and i tried everything to just fix it but still nothing happen and i always bully that increasing my panic.I suffer it in my whole life. I still waiting your solution.my anxiety killing me.no one knows my situation even my family. They always hate me because I have no job. I always stay at home for many years. All people hate me because I'm smelly like a onion. I always think when im gone my smelly armpit my anxiety my depression my loneliness will solve. I have a respectful question for you as a patient do you believe my feeling? I'm just sharing my life .too young to die please help me dr. I always crying no ones knows my suffer even my siblings hate me. Another respectful question are you working on lasting solution? Please inform me here's my email louiekenth6@gmail.com thank you
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Question posted by mirian
hi do you think lemons are good deodorant because since lemon juice is acidic would it create good environment for non smelly bacterias?
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Question posted by carla
Hello from Philippines thank you for searching the solution of our big problem this website decrease my anxiety and being depression thank you (
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Question posted by Vivien
Hello from the Netherlands! For many years since the age of like 12, Ive battled excessive sweat under my armpits and bad odour. Nothing over the counter helped. No deo, pure Alcohol didnt work. Antibacterial soaps didnt work. Id literally come straight out the shower still smelling bad! Only the deos with high amount of aluminum chloride would help, but Id still have to apply twice a day. And this would only work for a few days and it would stop being effective on me. Thats how bad it was! After my own research, I created my own product that helped instantly! Im still in shock that I figured something out for myself. Its been two weeks and I no longer experience bad odour. The first time using, the effect lasted for a day. I would smell odour the following day but barely. I figures out that i was probably reintroducing my old bacteria wearing my old clothing. I noticed also that my sweat would smell like my boyfriends if I borrowed his shirt (which isnt too bad at all). Now that i have bought new tshirts, Id barely have had to use my product. It has been two weeks now and I also noticed that I sweat less. I used to experience cold sweats. I would be in class feeling quite cold yet the sweat would just be dripping from my armpits. I cant say if its because Im experiencing less anxiety from being odour free or if its an effect of what Ive been using. Im not a scientific person and the more Ive read on this subject the more I wish I had a science background. This is why I am reaching out to you so I could share my findings and you share your knowledge!
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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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