As summer brings longer days and increased outdoor activities, sweat and body odor can become more noticeable. Dr. Kalmbacher explains that sweat is usually odorless, but when combined with the skin's natural bacteria, it can smell unpleasant. Factors such as the combination of sweat and hair dandruff or sweat next to apocrine glands in the armpits and groin contribute.
To effectively manage these, try the following tips:
Stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing.
Find an appropriate antiperspirant.
Bathe daily and remove excess body hair.
Use anti-dandruff or clarifying shampoos to reduce sweat buildup and odor- causing bacteria.
Did you know that certain foods and spices can make body odor worse? Dr. Kalmbacher suggests avoiding onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, curry, cumin, and spicy foods in general.
What if none of these steps help? It may be time to see a doctor. Changes in body scent can be associated with various medical conditions, including thyroid issues, liver or kidney disease, obesity, diabetes, gout, or hormonal changes. If you experience any of the following symptoms, it's time to consult your physician for further evaluation and appropriate treatment:
Fruity body odor.
Excessive sweating significantly hinders daily activities.
Frequent skin infections in sweat-prone areas.
Bleach-like body odor.
Excessive sweating without physical exertion.
Redness, irritation, or tenderness in affected areas.
Prioritize your well-being and take action. Call and make an appointment with Dr. Kalmbacher today at 251-517-1050.