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Top 10 Tips for Preventing Underarm Odor

It's instinctual to raise your arms in excitement on a roller coaster, but this ride's home base, Thorpe Park in Surrey, England, has actually banned arm raising on hot days.

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Ugh. If the weather or the room is hot, or you've been exercising, or you feel nervous or excited, you might innocently raise your arm -- and be nearly knocked out by the odor from your armpits. And if you're grossed out, imagine how those poor people around you must be reacting. Underarm odor can be embarrassing. What's more, it can cause problems in social and professional relationships.

Some scientists believe that long ago, underarm odor helped attract humans to their mates [source: Feldman]. But it's obvious that for most of us, any such attraction has vanished from our culture. In fact, underarm odor is such a turn-off that a large amusement park in Surrey, England, recently banned customers from raising their arms when riding scary roller coasters during hot weather.

Today, there's a vast and sometimes confusing array of products and home remedies to fight underarm odor. For 10 ways that work -- and to neutralize the smell of your armpits -- read on.

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