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. Recommendations may include:
- 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.
- Washing impacted body areas with an antibacterial soap.
- Removing body hair where odor is present. Hair can magnify odor.
- Using a deodorant or combination deodorant/antiperspirant. Educate re. difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant.
- 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.)
- Considering miraDry and Botox injections as potential interventions.