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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My 12 year old daughter has body odor. She takes showers three times a day, but the smell keeps coming back. What can we do to help her?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Iam.Dr.
User :   hi
Doctor :   Does she sweat a lot?
User :   under her arms
Doctor :   is it more there
Doctor :   i mean the odor
User :   the smell does not just come from under her arms
Doctor :   Body odor,or bromhidrosis is the smell of bacteria growing on the body
Doctor :   ok
User :   ok
Doctor :   sweat as such is completely odorless
Doctor :   An individual's body odor is also influenced by diet, gender, genetics, health and medication.
User :   this odor is very strong at times
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Does she have any history of jaundice
User :   no
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   In some people, a few days of washing with an antiseptic soap, which may be combined with use of antibacterial creams containing
Doctor :   antibiotics may be necessary
Doctor :   Shaving the hair in the armpits may also help control odor.
Doctor :   is deodorants helpful?
Doctor :   Regular shaving of axillary hair prevents the accumulation of sweat and bacteria on the hair shafts
Doctor :   Electrolysis might also be considered for hair removal to minimize bacterial growth.
User :   deodorants don't work very well for her
Doctor :   Use of topical antibiotics such as clindamycin and erythromycin and antiseptic soaps may yield clinical benefit by limiting the growth of the contributory bacteria that decompose apocrine secretions, liberating fatty acids that have peculiar smells.
Doctor :   does she have any skin disease?
User :   no
Doctor :   Are you using antiperspirants?
User :   yes
Doctor :   containing aluminium hydroxides
User :   yes
Doctor :   Iontophoresis, which disrupts sweat production, has a role in the treatment of eccrine bromhidrosis.
Doctor :   With this method, a small electric current is passed through the skin while the affected area is placed under tap water.
Doctor :   Typically used only for volar skin, this treatment is time intensive and should be considered only if excessive eccrine sweating contributes to the patient's body odor.
Doctor :   does she takes onion or garlic too much?
User :   wow. it sounds excessive, but nothing has helped so far
User :   not too much onion or garlic
User :   but it's in all our meals
Doctor :   ok you may try using antiperspirants powder
User :   ok
Doctor :   first and go for savlon baths
Doctor :   which will reduce the bacterial overgrowth in the body to some good extent
Doctor :   wear lose fitting clothes
Doctor :   mostly cotton clothes
Doctor :   you may also try the losweat powder
User :   ok
Doctor :   that is available as an otc
Doctor :   if still she has it
Doctor :   then you might need to go for the treatments i said
Doctor :   which you found difficult to follow
Doctor :   i feel savlon baths wiil do a lot
User :   ok I'll try it
User :   you did thanks
Doctor :   bYE FOR NOW ...
Doctor :   take care...
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