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Body odor is simply an unpleasant smell coming from the body and perceived by the Nose.

No matter how wealthy, handsome or pretty you are, once you’re suffering from this condition and smell that bad, all your good qualities and features wont truly be appreciated.

People will be like, ‘He’s rich but smells like goat’ OR ‘She’s pretty but smells like bad fish’

But seriously, it’s not funny. Leaving with body odor is no laughing matter. It is a devastating condition that leaves you socially Isolated.

Many people don’t even realize they smell bad unless it is brought directly to your attention or indirectly due to the manner in which people behave around you. It is good to be self-conscious and pay attention to the changes happening inside and outside your body even to your environment.

Body odour is most likely to occur in places like; armpits, genitals, pubic hair, anus, feet and groins but can happen in other areas too.


  • Sweat: The apocrine glands are the main cause of body odor because the sweat they produce is high in protein. Bacteria feed on the proteins and multiply. Their easy breakdown of sweat into acid causes the unpleasant smell.
  • Diet: Your diet can also lead to the unpleasant smell like eating lots of spicy foods or food that is heavy in garlic and onion. These smelly foods are broken down into smelly compounds that circulate in the blood stream and later come out through the breath, sweat, and urine.
  • Diabetes: People suffering from diabetes often experience additional medical complications and a sudden change in smell or body odor. Urinary tract infections and the high level of blood glucose can increase body odor and bad breath. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition when your body doesn’t have enough insulin and your cells cannot get the sugar they need for energy. One of the symptoms is a distinct, fruity breath smell. You should see the doctor about this.
  • Genetic Disorder Called Trimethylaminuria:
    Mutations that occur in a specific gene have been discovered to create a condition called trimethylaminuria. This condition causes the body to be unable to break down a chemical compound called trimethylamine. Trimethylamine is what gives fish its fishy smell, and when it builds up in the body it’s released in the breath, urine and sweat, giving a person with trimethylaminuria a similarly fishy smell, according to the Genetics Home Reference at the National Institutes of Health. The odor can be extremely disruptive to daily life, often resulting in depression and social isolation.


  • Poor self-care: Your body odour might just be directly your fault in the sense that you don’t give your body the attention it deserves and your hygiene is very poor.


The following tips will help get rid of body odor but in case your body isn’t responding to them, you should seek the help of a health care professional.

  • Shave armpits: It is preferable to shave armpits because hair traps moisture and gives room for bacteria feeding and breakdown.
  • Shave Privates: Especially for females, practice shaving or reducing hair around and below the vagina. Do this every month before menstruation and ovulation. This is because hair strands tend to retain smells which you have to avoid in such cases. During this periods make sure to clean vagina often.
  • Always clean up after urinating.
  • Wash armpits: Wash armpits well and make sure you use effective deodorants and antiperspirants to limit bacteria and sweating.
  • Take a shower regularly using soap with nice fragrance.
  • Put on clean and dry breathable cloths. Avoid dam cloths.
  • Always change your bath towels. Some don’t get dry so they remain dam and start smelling.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Limit the amount of spicy food you eat.
  • Clean bed covers and sheets often, especially if you share a bed with someone or bed wet.



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