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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Body Odor


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Body Odor Problems & Possible Solutions
Question: I have trouble with body odour. Sometimes my friends say I have body odour. I can't use ordinary soap which is alkalile. I must use an acidic soap. If I use alkalile soap, I will have bad body odour and my friends can smell it from far away. Even I do use the acidic soap, my friends can still smell my body odour too, although I never smell the body odour myself. a search of the internet leads me to believe my problem may be caused colonic bacteria found in the urine and/or the presence of Brevibacterium epidermidis. Please suggest which drugs that I should take to cure the bad body odour and i would like you to recommend some effective soap for use. Thank you.

Answer: Antibacterial soaps such as Dial are probably the best bet. Phisohex scrub is also effective, but, I would be hesitant to use it over your entire body. Ensure that a physician has checked your blood chemistries to ensure that you don't have an underlying problem such as diabetes or liver disease.

Side Effects
Question: I have a friend who takes Linthium and Respirdal for bipolar disorder. This person has a horribly strong body odor almost daily and it is effecting his work (customers don't want him around). I have approached the subject and he says he is unaware and cannot tell it a problem. He does sweat but does not seem to be aware of the odor.

Answer: Probably the medications-have they had liver functions recently?
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