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How would you tell them?

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    Alright, first of all, let me start by saying that I totally and completely sympathise with people who suffer from excessive sweating and have a strong body odor. But for the love of god, when I come in close proximity of one I feel like I'm going to faint. And the question smacked me even worse in the face. How do you tell them?

    arm

    I totally sympathize, and I know that it's a medical condition. The worse part is that people don't (or can't) smell their own foul odor and everyone around them suffer

    When I was back at school, I used to know this girl that ever one starts smelling their armpits around her. She was a nice lady and showered 3, 4, 5 times a day and the odor will just not go away. I really felt sad for her. So sad. But that's ancient history

    Recently, I was in a car, with someone and my god the smell was making me dizzy, I was seriously about to faint. I opened the window preferring to suffer with the cold rather than continue to suffer from the smell.

    I am totally clueless to How to tell them, or whether I should tell them to begin with, and continue to suffer in silence.

    Here's some information I managed to Google, it might help if you have a friend who suffers from the same issue.

    Body odour
    Written by Dr Hilary Jones

    Body odour is never pleasant, and we've all been crammed on a train or lift or been in a busy shopping centre and noticed the distinctive smell of stale sweat.

    Men sweat more than women, so it's no surprise they are the worst offenders. But is it a case of poor hygiene or do some people have a medical condition that makes them sweat more than average?

    A blind spot for smells

    Strange as it may seem, many people with bad body odour are unaware that they smell.

    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 their armpits.

    What causes body odour?

    Everybody sweats. We have to. Perspiration is the body's biological way of cooling down.

    Sweat itself does not smell, but it is a wonderful culture for the bacteria that live on our skin. The bacteria breaks down sweat into aromatic fatty acids, which produce the unpleasant odour.

    This means body odour can be tackled by:

    • reducing the amount of sweat

    • treating the bacteria that produce the odour.

    Medical conditions such as thyroid disease and carcinoid syndrome can cause excessive sweating, as can the side-effects of some medicines, eg antidepressants.

    How can I reduce body odour?

    Wash with soap daily, particularly your armpits, groin and feet where there are many sweat producing glands. Washing removes sweat and reduces the numbers of bacteria that act upon it.

    Some people have more sweat and oil producing glands than others. If you sweat a lot, you may need to shower two or three times a day.

    The use of antiperspirants and deodorants should be routine. It's worth trying a few because they have different active ingredients, and you'll find some work better than others.

    Deodorants work by masking the smell of sweat with fragrance, while antiperspirants reduce the amount of sweat your body produces. Roll-ons tend to be more effective for heavy sweating.

    Another useful trick is to shave your armpits. Armpit hair provides a greater surface area for sweat to adhere to and gives the bacteria a fertile breeding ground.

    It is also essential to wash clothes thoroughly, particularly clothing that comes into contact with sweaty areas such as socks, underwear and shirts.

    Never wear yesterday's clothes. However clean your body is, the clothes will retain the smell of yesterday's sweat.

    Help from the chemist

    You can get an antibacterial and antiseptic solution called chlorhexidine 0.05% solution from pharmacies. Applied daily, it significantly reduces the number of bacteria, although it has no effect on sweating itself.

    Another remedy you can get without a prescription is 20% aluminium chloride solution, otherwise known as Anhydrol Forte and Driclor.

    • You apply to it your armpits, feet etc before you go to bed each night. This is because sweating stops when you sleep, so the solution will be more effective.

    • The liquid gets into the openings of the sweat glands causing them to swell up and block.

    • You wash it off in the morning, and don't reapply until the next bedtime.

    • Never apply the solution after shaving because it will irritate the skin.

    • You use the product every night to start with, and then reduce it as you stop sweating to every other night or once or twice a week.

    Treatment of severe sweating

    There are a couple of surgical options for severe sweating (hyperhidrosis) which can't be controlled by over-the-counter products.

    One is to remove a triangular area of skin in the apex of the armpit under local anaesthetic. A small piece measuring 4cm by 1.5cm is cut out, destroying the most troublesome sweat glands.

    A modern variation on this procedure is liposuction to suck out the sweat glands from the deeper layers of skin.

      Keyhole surgery

      Another type of surgery is called trans-thoracic sympathectomy. It's done under general anaesthetic and uses keyhole surgery to destroy the nerves that control sweating.

      The surgeon makes an incision in your armpit and passes a fine needle under the second, third and fourth ribs on each side. An electrical current then kills off the nerves.

      The success rate is about 40 per cent, but because the body still has to sweat, some people experience increased sweating from their chest, abdomen and back after the op.

      It's important to understand this before undergoing surgery, because it cannot be reversed.

    Botox

    Botulinum toxin is a recent alternative to surgery. Known as Botox, it's more often used as a treatment for facial frown lines.

    Botox is only licensed as a treatment for excessive sweating from the armpit (axillary hyperhidrosis), so it can't be used for sweaty hands and feet.

    A small amount of the toxin is injected into multiple sites in the skin at the apex of the armpit.

    Although the results only last a few weeks, it's an effective and safe treatment.

    If you're thinking about surgery, you could try Botox to see how effective an operation would be, and whether blocking sweat glands in your armpits causes excessive sweating elsewhere.


    http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/hilaryjones/embarrassingprobs/bodyodour.htm

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    • #1
    • Dima
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    • On: 3/30/2007 11:47:05 AM
    I can be rude when it comes to this.. if it would save me from fainting then I have no problem with being rude!
    Just tell them there's a bad smell around and you wonder if they can smell it too.. I wouldn't say it directly but i would make sure that they know there's a bad smell.. i guess smart ones would figure it out! no?
    • #2
    • Emily
    • Windows Internet Explorer
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    • On: 3/30/2007 2:18:10 PM
    This makes me think of Paris! I didn't even see the point in showering there, when I was just going to get on the metro, stand next to some stinky person, and end up stinking myself. I have a student who lived in Paris for 4 years and we always joke about how many don't wear deodorant. Well, last week my class had Junior Achievement (when a business person comes in and teaches for a week). Sixth grade focuses on international business and each group had to choose a continent, country, and then market a product for them. I had one group choose razors and deodorant (the Europe group). When the businessman asked them to explain why they felt these would be good products, they said b/c Miss _____ says that some don't shave and stink! I was soooooooooo embarrassed!!!
    PS- Don't get me wrong, I love Paris and all of the countries I've been in Europe, but it was an adjustment for me.
    • #3
    • afaf
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/30/2007 2:28:57 PM
    and sweating in a fleece or wool sweatshirts is the worst...i have smelled it in amman, when walking in malls or riding taxis...so bad...but i have no clue how to tell them to shower...how?? i guess suggest that the person wears cotton undershirt...this would absorb the sweat...big time...ofcourse beside wearing deosticks...
    good luck...
    Bad breath is the culprit at my work, it's like a Breath of Mass Destruction (BMD), it’s horrible I can’t work with this guy at work because whenever I talk to him I want to die and I have a very sensitive stomach and I can barf easily, it's like a chemical vapour.

    Well, you can breath from your mouth I guess which is also gross but it can help.
    • #5
    • Luai
    • Windows Internet Explorer
    • Said
    • On: 3/30/2007 7:57:12 PM
    Just come out and say it...or buy them some deordorant as a gift.

    Is it this bad:
    http://abcnews.go.com/Primetime/story?id=2287206&page=1
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    • pauline
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    • On: 1/23/2009 11:35:49 AM
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    ManyBODY ODOR people around the world are going through the same unfair judgment everyday yet they did not sign up for any of these suffering such as body odor from God, they were born like other humans too.
    You too can have your Memories Documented

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