Bromhidrosis

Bromhidrosis (unwanted, unpleasant body odor or osmidrosis) is often related to apocrine gland activity in the armpits and/or genital region. Bromhidrosis can become a medical issue when noticeable smell has a negative effect on self-esteem, social interactions or quality of life. Recommenations may include:

  1. Keeping the affected body area in question dry. Antiperspirants, powders and frequent clothing changes can help. Consider educating women re. potential risks of long-term use of talc-based powders in the genital region.
  2. Washing impacted body areas with an antibacterial soap. 
  3. Removing body hair where odor is present. Hair can magnify odor.
  4. Using a deodorant or combination deodorant/antiperspirant. Educate re. different between a deodorant and an antiperspirant.
  5. Adjusting diet and/or medications. Examples: limiting curry, garlic, onions, and alcohol, looking at medications being taken (penicillin is an example of a med linked to body odor.) 
  6. Considering miraDry and Botox injections as potential interventions. 

 


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