What Can I Do For Smelly Armpits?


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Shower twice during summer or after exercise. Use fresh towels. Use anti-bacterial deodorant soaps. Dust armpits with baking soda after a shower, it neutralizes the sweat. You can also use baby powder. Avoid pungent food like garlic and red meat, stick to a vegetarian diet and hydrate well to keep unpleasant odors at bay. Wear natural breathable fabrics like cotton.

Claude Butler

Curejoy Expert Claude C Butler Explains:

In generally healthy people, it isn’t sweat but bacteria that feed on the fatty sweat, secreted by the apocrine glands found in the armpits, is the culprit for the smelly armpits. Bacteria thrive on the warm and moist conditions releasing foul odor in the process. Getting rid of this bacteria and reducing the sweat they dine on are the only ways to combat this embarrassing problem.

Showering (even twice on hot summer days or after exercise) with antibacterial deodorant soap and wiping clean using freshly laundered towels (bacteria love your damp towels) should be a daily routine. Use Deodorants that not only create an inhospitable environment for bacteria but also leave you smelling good. Antiperspirants on the other hand contain aluminum salts that inhibit the sweat glands from producing sweat, keeping your armpits dry.

A natural time tested remedy is dusting baking soda after a shower, which neutralizes the sweat. Some also use baby powder, supplemented by baby wipes during the day to keep dampness away. Wearing natural-fabric clothes (like cotton/wool) allows your skin to breathe and allows air circulation preventing sweat accumulation. You can also try fitness wear made from breathable synthetic fabrics that absorb moisture from your skin and spread across the fabric where it evaporates quickly. Maintaining personal hygiene by removing or trimming your underarm hair can help sweat from accumulating.

Foods that have a strong aroma (like ginger, garlic, cabbage, vinegar, and spicy curries) contain volatile sulfuric substance that tends to linger in your system and reflect in your sweat. Avoid pungent food and red meat, stick to a vegetarian diet and hydrate well to keep unpleasant odors at bay.

If the problem persists seek medical help as your body odor can be a sign of various medical conditions including liver and kidney disease.


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Margaret Easterly
Margaret Easterly 5pts

Some people can really be butts! Washing armpits with baking soda will take care of it.

Debra Hogan
Debra Hogan 5pts

Deodorant Crystal I use a roll-on its called(naturally fresh) you can get it at Wal-Mart it has no aluminum chlorohydrate I've use it for 15 years when other deodorant failed me the crystals has helped

Upried Pandji Ireng
Upried Pandji Ireng 5pts

I agree use Tawas, becouse it very efectively to throw away smell of underarm.

Cynthia Serezo
Cynthia Serezo 5pts

Tawas is the best solution puputi pa underarm mo.Tested and proven

Marisol Acosta
Marisol Acosta 5pts

Wash them, invest in a good deodorant , wear deodorant every day

Leda Callis
Leda Callis 5pts

Put lemon 5 minute before your Shower \U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f44d\U0001f600\U0001f600

Tasha Green
Tasha Green 5pts

Antibacterial soap is toxic and causes cancer! Surprised to see it as one of the options. ... Also don't agree that dropping some of the foods like garlic, cabbage etc is a good idea as they are powerful antioxidants that help the body to rid itself from toxins naturally. .. fixing your gut should be the best way to address this issue with bacteria over growth and your immune system being able to control a healthy balance of good bacteria in the system. ..

Larry Jubenville
Larry Jubenville 5pts

EIt has been proven that anti bacterial soap is no more effective then regular soap - you ought to know this .

LaVerne Collier
LaVerne Collier 5pts

Oh wondered if it really worked. I sweat a lot. Sometimes it stinks, but i do cook and eat onions and garlic.

Dawn Crawford
Dawn Crawford 5pts

My 13year old son has that problem he smells like an onion field or hamburger joint

Ollie Pollie
Ollie Pollie 5pts

crystal rocks is mineral salts in chemical name..and also taws in philippines is all the same product..

Saumya Singh
Saumya Singh 5pts

Tumhara nazar harr jagah rehta hai kya? Kabhi apna kaam bhi Kiya karo

Mayank Bajaj
Mayank Bajaj 5pts

Wat if I tag u in an Anti-acne post \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Monét Monét
Monét Monét 5pts

Indian healing clay gets rid of the smell too. \U0001f60a\U0001f60a\U0001f60a

Genevieve Razo
Genevieve Razo 5pts

After I lather I use an organic sugar scrub. After I shower I apply coconut oil. If I know I'll buy outdoors throughout the day and hight high physical activity I'll put on my own mix of deodorant. Corn starch, baking soda, coconut oil and choice of a few drops of essential oil. If and rarely I do begin to smell noticeable I cut a line and rub it on my underarms. It works instantly. ;) I've also noticed wearing less commercial deodorant helps. Ha

Cathy Crowley
Cathy Crowley 5pts

Onion and garlic are partly removed by the sweat/skin. Deodorants clog the sweatglands and perhaps lymphnodes(?link to breast cancer).So the natural baking soda solution and shaving hair not too short helps.washing frequently and using a cornstarch/bakingsoda mix,plus alternating with lemon is an alternative,just try to stay dry even if it means bringing a shirt to chang into!

Karen Heslop
Karen Heslop 5pts

I make my own from 100 grams of fatakdi powder diluted with one litre water decanted into a spray bottle - lasts months and is really cheap!

Hassan Tasaddiq Ruhel
Hassan Tasaddiq Ruhel 5pts

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Wanda Tiger
Wanda Tiger 5pts

I've used Crystal Rock deodorant for years now. Was sceptical at first, but works!!!

Sally Ann
Sally Ann 5pts

Says eat vegetarian diet. I'll stink

Ruth Harris
Ruth Harris 5pts

Tussy deodorant. It's the best !!! It only cost 1.00 at Wal-Mart! I've been using tussy for 40 plus yrs !!

Mysticah Lorhe
Mysticah Lorhe 5pts

sometimes it's cause from food of eating too much chili....or some other stomach problems...tawas powder also it helps to protect odor smell..

Ollie Pollie
Ollie Pollie 5pts

I think you can ,,ask a doctor ,,some people just born to have a distinct body odor ,,but number one factor is cleanliness ,,to prevent it from getting bad always clean the area and make sure air dry it and once in a while apply the lemon When you feel you needed it ,,all natural ,,for me it works ,, try it. Maybe will also work for you

Vijay Yadav
Vijay Yadav 5pts

Can't we take any medicine for this . Does it show some health defects?

Ollie Pollie
Ollie Pollie 5pts

The acid from lemon will become alkaline which neutralized the ph balance of your underarm,,when the ph balance is abnormal then they create a a bad smell..so if you put lemon it will neutralizes your ph balance,,\U0001f44dall those deodorant only cover the smell and also it clog your pores ,,

Ollie Pollie
Ollie Pollie 5pts

Lemon it ,you don't need anything else ,,

Aurelia Peralta
Aurelia Peralta 5pts

Ok...well...I can't use deorderant it causes me to develop huge knots...so this works for me...5 black tea bags in a pot of water, add 1/4 cup of acv (braggs), and 1/4 cup of baking soda, let it cook together for about 5 minutes, no need to boil. Then take two wash cloths and soak in solution( you wanna do this in the shower) then take them and place on armpits till the warmth is gone, resoak, and repeat untill solution is gone or you get tired of it lol I do about 7 to 10 soaks. This kills the stink glands while allowing you to still sweat because...well we need to sweat lol

Mahal Kita
Mahal Kita 5pts

Boiled water put ur armpit take knife and sratch it thats very good nomore smell and armpit