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Body Odor and Sweating

Body Odor and Sweating Causes

Sweating may occur after exercise, exposure to high temperature, hot flashes, or any type of physical activity. Body odor usually results as a consequence of sweating accompanied by poor hygiene. Excessive sweating, known medically as hyperhidrosis, can be caused by a combination of factors, including: hereditary factors; dietary choices such as ingesting spicy foods, some types of drugs, and certain beverages; menopause and hormonal changes in women; low blood sugar; fevers; overactive thyroid; tuberculosis; malaria; and some types of carcinomas.

Body Odor and Sweating Definition

Body odor and sweating pertain to excessive perspiration that produces a foul-smelling smell emanating from the body.

Body Odor and Sweating Diagnosis

There are no diagnostic steps available for body odor and sweating, which can usually be determined based on physical manifestations.

Body Odor and Sweating Symptoms and Signs

Sweating is a natural body process, but excessive sweating can be embarrassing and may sometimes indicate more serious and potentially life-threatening health problems. Sweating is normally odorless, but in extreme cases, it produces a distinctive foul smelling smell or body odor.

Body Odor and Sweating Treatment

In most cases, body odor and sweating may be treated simply with self-care steps such as applying over-the-counter antiperspirants or deodorants. If such products are not strong enough, the following may be recommended: iontophoresis procedure; botulinum toxin (or botox) injections; anticholinergic drugs; and in rare cases, surgery to remove sweat glands.

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