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Patteee's picture
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I stink.
22+ months NED
and I can't get a handle on my BO
I take a shower every morning- I use a anti-bacterial soap and MITCHIUM deodorant
I wash my hair every morning
I put on clean clothes
and by noon I stink. Like I have been at the gym sweating up a storm, underarm reeking stinking-
but I haven't just at work, working. Which, granted, teaching is hard work, but I hardly break a sweat. Which actually is good- a year ago I could hardly even walk from my car to the classroom without sweating buckets.

Any ideas, anyone have a good soap or deodorant they swear by or something I should be changing in my diet?

thready's picture
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I have heard that some protein powders and supplements cause problems. People who do things like the Atkins diet often have problems.

Might ask your Dr for RX antiperspirant, I know of a few people who have had to use these because of excess perspiration.

(Just wondering if you have gone through menopause or are perimenopausal? Might also be a cause)

Just suggestions.

Patteee's picture
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no, through menopause and have been for about 6 years- maybe this is the new me?

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Are you drinking lots of water? That might 'dilute' the sweat. I am post menopausal too and on HRT but sweat like a pig at night. I thought it was the chemo coming out.


C Dixon
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You can try chorophyll tablets from the health food store. They helped my husband years ago.


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Patteee's picture
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thanks everyone for the responses
I will try chorophyll tablets and hope for the best
don't think it is trimethylaminuria
yes, will see what my doctor says (although my impression has always been if it isn't going to kill me, he doesn't want to deal with it)

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The term body odor is used to describe unpleasant smells coming from a person's body, mouth, or even genitals. Causes for this can sometimes merely be poor hygiene, but sometimes there is an actual medical cause for the unpleasant smell. Below are medical conditions and reasons that some people suffer from body odor.


Hormonal Imbalance in Women:
*Women going through menopause generally have a higher perspiration level.
*When the sweat mixes with bacteria on the skin, it produces an unpleasant smell.
*When the imbalance of estrogen occur, the women may have hot flashes, therefore causing her to perspire.

Kidney and Liver Disorders:
*The primary job of the kidney and liver is to help eliminate toxins and waste from the body.
*When they are not functioning properly, a build-up of the toxins and waste occur throughout the body.
*These toxins and waste produce a smell that is excreted through the glands of the skin.

*When diabetes is not controlled and blood sugar levels are not regulated, ketoacidosis occurs.
*Ketoacidosis is when your body starts burning fat for energy because cells are not receiving enough glucose and this life threatening illness can produce ketones.
*The smell that occurs is a fruity smell radiating from the mouth and the pores.
*If you have diabetes and are experiencing ketoacidosis contact a health professional immediately.

Thyroid Disorders:
*The thyroid function in our bodies causes use to perspire.
*When an overactive thyroid is working overtime, excessive sweating can occur.


Pericyazine- drug used for conditions such as heart problems, epilepsy, stroke, and even thyroid disease.

Topamax- used primarily for epilepsy and migraine headaches.

luv3jay's picture
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My daughter had to start using the clinical strength deoderants. They are a bit pricey, but it is the ONLY thing that will hold her. And I tried everything. I used to think she wasn't using deoderant because by mid day I smelled her. I was so happy when someone told me about the clinical strengths. She happens to use the secret sport clinical strength but they have others. Hope this helps.


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Cotton absorbs and releases perspiration quickly, giving it breathability. Less absorbent polyester doesn’t make you sweat, but it does keep sweat next to your body, which is why you may have found yourself followed by a less than flowery fragrance when you go man-made.
Cotton also has a softer, more supple feel, making it less likely to irritate the skin. That means it’s a better bet for those with sensitive skin, including children and infants.
Cotton ventilates more and is what we call breathable.

Polyester does absorb sweat but has a sense of sweat smell from the shirt.

There is an ongoing debate about the breathability offered by natural
vs. synthetic fabrics. Traditionally, cotton has been the choice for
allowing your body to breath, i.e. allowing moisture from you body to
pass through the fabric.

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