Body Odor

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Body odor, often in short as ‘BO' is an unpleasant smell specific to an individual and can be quite repulsive. It is the smell of bacteria growing in the body by a natural process involving sweat that is secreted by sweat glands on the surface of our skin. Even though sweat itself is odorless, it can cause body odor. When sweat is left on the skin, the bacteria that normally live there feed on it and break it down. This process releases chemicals that cause the unpleasant odor.

An individual body odor is influenced by diet, gender, genetics, health and even medication. Certain foods, such as curry, garlic and strong spices, contain chemicals that may be excreted by the glands with sweat. We tend to wrap them in socks and shoes, making them hot and humid and allowing fungi, as well as bacteria, to flourish. The bad odor usually disappears with a shower or a bath, but can return rapidly, especially if a person puts on unwashed clothes soaked in old sweat and bacteria. It can be found in just about anyone irrespective of his or her age or gender.

However, men tend to sweat more then women, which in turn make them more prone to it. Although young children rarely have body odor, as the specialized glands become active only at puberty, there are some rare cases of ‘foul smelling kids', which has more to do with poor hygiene. At puberty, sweat glands develop under the stimulation of hormones and protein and BO may then become a problem, especially if hygiene is poor. Scientific research has shown that some people cannot detect certain molecules. Their nostrils may be able to register the smell of garlic or curry, but not the smell emanating from them.

Regularly cleanse your body with medicated cleansers if possible and use products designed to minimize body odor, like antiperspirants, deodorants and talcum powder. Antiperspirants contain aluminum salts that reduce the release of sweat by closing the sweat ducts. These are especially useful for people who sweat profusely on the feet. Deodorants contain an antiseptic to combat bacteria. They do reduce odor but do not cut down the sweating. Therefore, if you have a tendency to sweat a lot, the deodorant will be washed away after a few hours. Clothing made of cotton and linen is absorbent and allows the skin to ‘breathe' unlike synthetic fabrics.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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