Hy! Ihave dark underarms. Also, when I use deodorant, it becomes very strong smell. and I get ehadaches and start sneezing. The underarm smell does not go away even with deodorant. What should I do?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 25
deodorants and antiperspirants
Hi,You would most likely benefit only from certain prescription drugs - I can suggest them but do you have a doctor from whom you can get them prescribed?
Please suggest them, Yes I have a doctor , a family doctor
Thank you for the information. What you have is called Bromhidrosis. This can be a very frustrating problem to treat both for the patient and physician. The cause of the odour is often an overgrowth of surface bacteria in the arm pits and other body areas coupled with excessive secretion from apocrine glands (these are the glands responsible for every persons characteristic body odour). These bacteria break down the fatty component of apocrine secretions leading to the formation of foul smelling molecules and these are responsible for the bad body odour.Here is what I would recommend:Use an anti perspirant like Driclor lotion/spray twice a day in the arm pits. Before applying the antiperspirant use 1% Clindamycin lotion over the affected areas.Zeasorb-AF powder twice a day applied 10-15 minutes after the DriclorAn antibacterial soap containing triclosan (e.g. soapex, dial antibacterial soap, medsop) for bathing dailyIf you're overweight then getting on an exercise regimen to reduce the weight will also help by causing less folds/bunching up of skin in the axillary region (arm-pits) thereby decreasing the sweating/oily secretions in the area. This will also help reduce the darkening.Shaving of the hair in the arm-pits. Do this carefully only in the direction of hair growth to prevent ingrown hair. Permanent hair removal by laser/electrolysis is also an option.If this does not give desired results then a 6 week course of oral tetracycline can be considered but this will require a prescription. I would recommend Capsule Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day.Of the above the Clindamycin lotion and the Doxycycline will require a prescription and should be discussed with your doctor. The rest can be started straightaway.Please let me know if you require any clarification regarding my answer. Regards.Please remember to only rate my answer when you are satisfied. If you have any queries, please respond via the REPLY button and I will be happy to continue further and do everything I can to provide you with the service you seek.
can i go to dermatologist rather than family doctor, because I feel embarrased
Yes of course that would be even better.
MBBS, MD (Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology)