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What Does Strong Body Odor From Armpits Indicate In An Elderly?

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Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017
Question: I am a 68year old female, 235 lbs. Recently, I have been experiencing strong body odor from my armpits. I have changed to a men;s deodorant believing I needed something stronger, but that did not solve the problem. two hours after showering, I can detect odor from my armpits. How can I fix it?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please use a deodorant containing Antiperspirant

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic,

Using Deodorant alone may not help as deodorant only blocks the odor from sweat.

However, many times sweat will wash away the applied deodorant. It is important to use antiperspirant. Antiperspirants actually prevent sweat production. Apply the antiperspirant at night before going to bed so that it gets enough time to act.

You can also use antibacterial soap to prevent the growth of bacteria in armpits. Keep the area of the armpits clean and dry.

If over the counter antiperspirant is not helping, follow up with your primary provider to get a prescription strength antiperspirant.

Hope this answers your questions
Please let me know if you need further clarifications

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi

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What Does Strong Body Odor From Armpits Indicate In An Elderly?

Brief Answer: Please use a deodorant containing Antiperspirant Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting HealthcareMagic, Using Deodorant alone may not help as deodorant only blocks the odor from sweat. However, many times sweat will wash away the applied deodorant. It is important to use antiperspirant. Antiperspirants actually prevent sweat production. Apply the antiperspirant at night before going to bed so that it gets enough time to act. You can also use antibacterial soap to prevent the growth of bacteria in armpits. Keep the area of the armpits clean and dry. If over the counter antiperspirant is not helping, follow up with your primary provider to get a prescription strength antiperspirant. Hope this answers your questions Please let me know if you need further clarifications Regards Dr.Lekshmi