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I have been told that i have a bad smell about me, not sure…

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I have been told that i have a bad smell about me, not sure what kind of smell people just say i smell bad. my room stinks too. just wondering shat kind of doctor i need to see about this issue

Doctor's Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?

Just smell bad

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

No generally a healthy person

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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Doctor: Dr Josh, Doctor replied 6 months ago

Are you saying, that people complaint you for bad smell from your body?

Age and gender?

Any other health or medical problems ?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
people say I smell bad and my room stinks. I am 28 and I think the first complaint was when I was 15. I'm male.I use anti bacterial soap strong deoderant and take zinc. But I think it has to be something else. I wash my clothes regularly and wash my bath towel regularly
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 6 months ago
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You may consult a dermatologist.

The body odor or smell in sweat is due to the bacteria on the skin surface. When they mix with the sweat, a substance is produced which has odor.

Read this resource about the body odor;

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sweating-and-body-odor/DS00305/DSECTION=causes

The common reason for the causative of the body odor are;

1) Hormonal; thyroid, adrenal should be investigated.

2) Any herbs, supplements, medicine should be ruled out.

3) Dietary factors can be responsible. Change of the diet specifically avoiding onions and garlics should be tried.

4) Arm pits and groin should be looked for the hyperhidrosis / excessive sweating.

The excessive odor that characterizes bromhidrosis may result from alteration of either apocrine or eccrine sweat. Apocrine bromhidrosis develops as a result of the formation of short-chain fatty acids and ammonia by the action of anaerobic diphtheroids on axillary (arm pit) apocrine sweat. Eccrine bromhidrosis is caused by microbiologic degradation of stratum corneum (skin layer) that has become softened by excessive eccrine sweat.

Treatments that may be helpful include cleansing with germicidal soaps, topical clindamycin or erythromycin, or topical application of aluminum, zirconium, or zinc salts.

Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), warm weather, obesity, and diabetes mellitus are predisposing factors. The hormones (thyroid and adrenal dysfunctions) cause sweat gland in the skin to increase in size and they respond excessively to body's hormones (increased cholinergic sympathetic stimulation of the sweat glands in the axilla/armpits or groins).

Following treatment protocol may help;

1) dietary restriction of coffee, tea, cola soft drinks, and chocolate.

2) application of aluminum chloride hexahydrate or zirconyl chloride in absolute alcohol

3) iontophoresis, done by dermatologists in their office

4) medications like atropine, propranolol

5) Botox injection

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