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Here Is Everything You Should Know About Body Odor and Sweating

Sweating is a normal bodily process that occurs throughout life. However, this process can have some certain psychosocial effects especially as you’re passing through your teen years of adolescence. In this article, Kate Shkodzik, ob-gyn and medical consultant at Flo, addresses many of them.

Kate Shkodzik, medical consultant at Flo

What to do with sweating down there?

Sweating can be caused by many reasons: genetic predisposition, hormonal imbalance, improper hygiene. To avoid sweating, wash your genitals at least once a day, opt for cotton underwear, change your underwear and clothes frequently. You may also try a sweat-wicking powder. In case all this is not working, consult your doctor about medical conditions that can cause excessive persistent sweating. 

What to do if I'm sweating all the time?

Sweating all the time may put you in awkward situations. To maintain hygiene, try taking a shower once or twice daily, changing your clothes regularly, and using antiperspirant. 

Some medical options for excessive sweating may include anticholinergic drugs, Botox as well as surgical removal of the sweat glands. However, you should discuss these with your doctor. 

How to get rid of sweaty palms?

Use a specialized hand antiperspirant. Also, try to use baby powder in order to absorb the sweat. Remember to stay hydrated. Try to reduce the intake of sweat-inducing foods like caffeine, alcohol and spicy food.

How do I fight sweat under my chest?

In order to fight sweat under your chest, you can try to use an aluminium-free deodorant or a baby powder in that area. Also, you can freshen up with a wipe and carry a sanitizer to fight smell.

What to do with sweating on the face?

You should take a shower in order to stay clean, healthy and keep your skin hydrated. You can also apply antiperspirant in the morning to start the day fresh. Carry a good absorbent towel with you to use throughout the day. Try to use face powder to keep your face dry.

Avoid spicy foods and caffeine, both can make you sweat. Wearing breathable fabrics like cotton is one of the good choices.

Stay well-hydrated. Remember that after you exercise, sweating may continue for some time.

What to do with body odor?

If you are prone to body odor, wash more frequently, especially in the sensitive areas. Feel free to take off your workout clothes as soon as you are done exercising and change it to a fresh set of clothes. 

Make sure you don't have any type of mycosis on the feet, armpits and groin area. If you have a mycosis, you will need to contact your doctor who will do some tests and prescribe the medicine. 

What to do with odor during periods?

The natural smell of the vagina and vaginal discharge is a part of physiology; you don't need to get rid of it completely. The menstrual flow consists of blood, uterine tissues, cervical cells, and vaginal lining and vaginal discharge. That is why it is normal that your menstrual flow has a smell.

Follow some simple hygiene rules. Wash your genitals more than once a day during your period. Change your sanitary products regularly: every 4 hours for pads, every 4 to 8 hours for tampons and every 10 to 12 hours for menstrual cups. Wear clean comfortable cotton underwear. Keep a healthy diet as some foods can affect your odor. However, if you still notice some bad odor during periods you should visit your doctor.

How to understand if your vagina smells normal?

Normally, the vagina has its own smell that can change slightly from woman to woman. Normal discharge smells like light fermented milk or musk. The smell can also vary depending on the day of the menstrual cycle or after unprotected heterosexual intercourse. It is normal and you don't have to get rid of this smell.

How to understand if your smell is normal?

Normally, the vagina has its own smell that can change slightly from woman to woman. Normal discharge smells like light fermented milk or musk. The smell also varies depending on the day of the menstrual cycle on your diet and your hygiene habits. If you don't feel any fishy or foul smell and your discharge seems normal to you, you have nothing to worry about.

Do oral contraceptives change your odor down there?

Oral contraceptives affect your hormonal level but don't change your odor down there. Your vaginal smell may change due to the phase of the menstrual cycle, after the unprotected intercourse. If these are not the reasons, make an appointment with your doctor to do some tests and find out the cause.

What to take away?

Although sweating is a normal bodily process, it can cause body odor that can be detrimental in a social setting. There are plenty of ways to manage this excessive sweating and odor in the affected body parts.

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