Sweating and body odor

Diagnosis

To identify issues related to sweating and body odor, your healthcare provider will likely conduct a physical examination and ask about your medical history. They may also conduct tests on your blood or urine to check for infections, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism.

Treatment

Using a deodorant or antiperspirant could be a simple option if you’re worried about sweating and body odor.

  • Antiperspirant: Sweat pores are temporarily blocked by compounds derived from aluminum found in antiperspirants, which lessens the amount of perspiration that gets on your skin.
  • Deodorant: Sweat cannot be removed by deodorants, but odor may. They usually contain alcohol and make your skin acidic, which deters bacteria from growing on it. Perfume scents are frequently added to deodorants in an effort to cover up odors. Your healthcare provider may recommend a stronger product if overthecounter remedies are ineffective in controlling sweating. These are potent solutions that some people may experience redness, swelling, and itching of the skin.
  • Medication: You can temporarily stop sweating by getting small injections of botulinum toxin in your armpits.
  • Selfcare: There are several home remedies you can use to lessen sweat and body odor. The ideas listed below could be beneficial:
    • Bathe daily: Taking regular baths, particularly with antibacterial soap, assists in preventing the formation of bacteria on your skin.
    • Choose clothing to suit your activity: Select natural materials for everyday clothing, such as silk, wool, and cotton. These allow your skin to breathe. You could choose synthetic clothing made to drain sweat away from your skin when working out.
    • Relaxation techniques: Think about methods of relaxation like yoga, meditation, or biofeedback. You can learn how to manage the stress that leads to sweating with these exercises.
    • Diet modification: You might sweat more or notice a higher than usual body odor after consuming caffeinated beverages and foods that are spicy or strongly scented. Removing these meals could be beneficial.