Top 10 Tips for Preventing Underarm Odor
Persistently bad underarm odor may call for medical help. Body odor can be a sign of various medical conditions including liver and kidney disease [source: White]. Persistent body odor, however, can be a warning sign that needs a doctor's attention.
If the problem is the sweat/bacteria interaction on the skin, dermatologists can often help. If excessive sweating -- hyperhidrosis -- is contributing to the bad smell, dermatologists can prescribe prescription-strength antiperspirants. They also may prescribe pills to reduce sweating. In cases of severe hyperhidrosis, surgery may be used to remove the sweat glands or the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands.
Botox injections, which reduce the activity of muscles and overactive glands, also are used to fight armpit odor [source: Feldman].
Another approach is iontophoresis, in which a mild electric current is passed through the skin while it's submerged in water. This method disrupts the production of sweat [source: Rehmus].
A more common solution is to reduce the bacteria that cause the odor. Dermatologists may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics. Researchers are finding that some medications commonly prescribed to treat acne also help with underarm odor [source: Feldman].
There's help available for those noxious odors at the drugstore, around your home or in a doctor's office. Raise your hand high if you know the best solution!