Body odor is what we smell like to other people. Some odors are considered to be pheromone based, meaning that these odors are considered to be attractive to some people. Odors that can be considered attractive are the smell of a mother’s milk to her baby and the unique smell of the baby to its mother. Studies have proven that the sense of smell between a mother and child is so accurate that they can pick one another out blindfolded.
Bad Body Odor
Body odor becomes a problem when we perceive it to smell unpleasant. Most of this is due to our culture and what we’re used to smelling. Centuries ago, when bathing was not a common event, humans tolerated, even enjoyed other strong-smelling bodies!
Because we don’t live in those times, unpleasant body odor is embarrassing to those who suffer from it. Today, we will be talking about basic body odor. The next time we will discuss foot odor.
Reasons Why We Sweat
Human beings sweat through the glands that are found all throughout our skin. As you know, the skin is the largest organ of the body, and it has a big job to do. We sweat for the following reasons:
This kind of sweating is considered to be perfectly normal and for most people does not cause problems. It is when sweating produces an off-odor that we begin to worry about how to control the smell.
We all have 2kinds of sweat glands:
Our eccrine glands are considered to be our major sweat glands. When we sweat, we produce mostly water and some salts. The high salt content in this kind of sweat usually prevents any multiplication of bacteria, keeping our body odor at bay in these parts of our bodies. You’ll find eccrine sweat glands on your arms, legs, and torso.
Our apocrine glands are slightly different. These are usually found in our armpits, our genitals, ears, breasts, and anywhere we produce hair, and become very active at the onset of puberty. These glands secrete a thicker fatty substance that when exposed to bacteria naturally found on our skin, provides a rich environment for the bacteria. The bad odor comes from the multiplying bacteria breaking down the secretions from the apocrine glands. This is the source of our bad body odor.
How to Manage Body Odor
Managing body odor is a fairly easy task. Try the following suggestions to see if they help you to keep your offensive odors under control:
When to See a Doctor
If you believe that you sweat excessively compared to other people, or if your sweating or body odor has changed in nature, you may want to consider seeing your doctor. Sometimes these changes can indicate a medical problem that should be evaluated.