Bromhidrosis or body odor (BB) is caused by being active and increasing levels of the androgen hormone when humans enter puberty.
Body odor arises when bacteria in the body meet with sweat which basically has no odor. Bacteria reproduce with sweat as the medium. The odor appears as a result of the breakdown of keratin protein by bacteria on the surface of your skin.
Who is at Risk for Body Odor?
Body odor occurs in anyone who has entered puberty. The following groups of people are more at risk of experiencing body odor, including:
- People who sweat excessively or lack hygiene so that there are lots of bacteria on their skin.
- Men are more at risk of body odor because men sweat more than women.
- People who eat certain or spicy foods, which cause aromas such as curry or onions.
- People who are suffering from certain diseases such as diabetes and kidney failure.
- People who are overweight or obese.
- People who are taking certain medications such as antidepressants.
How to Combat Body Odor?
Maintain cleanliness of the body
- Bathing at least twice a day, ie morning and evening to reduce the development of bacteria in the body. Pay special attention to certain skin folds such as under the arm / armpit.
- Use soap labeled “antibacterial”.
- Bacteria are difficult to develop on dry skin evenly. Therefore it is important to dry the whole body after bathing with a towel or after excessive sweating, especially on the armpits.
- After bathing, apply deodorant or antiperspirant on the armpit. Both can be purchased freely on the market.
- Apart from after bathing, it’s a good idea to apply an antiperspirant at night before going to bed too to get maximum results.
- Change your clothes and socks after use.
- Wear the right clothes for different activities. Use clothing with materials that absorb sweat like cotton if you do a lot of outdoor activities.
- Shaving armpit hair regularly can reduce the risk of body odor and excessive sweating.
Antiperspirants contain aluminum-based compounds that can block sweat pores. While deodorant itself does not prevent sweat, but blocks odors caused by bacteria with its perfume content.
Pay attention to the food you consume
Eating spicy foods can make you sweat excessively. While foods that contain fat and oily, and pungent smells like garlic and onions, can cause body odor.
Dealing With Excessive Sweat Medical Conditions
The condition when a person produces excessive sweating is known as hyperhidrosis. This condition automatically also causes unpleasant body odor. If the antiperspirant and the steps above are not enough, the following two things can generally be used to treat hyperhidrosis:
- Botulinum toxin. Botox can be injected into certain parts of the body that sweat a lot such as palms, armpits, feet, or face. This procedure takes about 40 minutes and can last up to eight months. Make sure the process is carried out by a specialist.
- Operation. Done by taking a little part of the armpit and underlying skin tissue to reduce excess sweat production. In addition, endoscopic thoracic sympathectomy (ETS) can be performed to immobilize the nerves that control sweat production.