Why do Underarms smell?
Poor Hygiene. Most of the time, our underarms are closed and no air can pass through. This makes the underarms hot which cause them to sweat especially under strict physical activities.
Sweating is natural and healthy for the body. Through perspiration, our body cools itself down. But naturally, sweat is odourless. So where does the eerie smell come from? It comes from the bacteria in your skin. These bacteria eats the skin cells in your underarms and releases a chemical called 3-methyl 2-hexenoic acidÃ¢â‚¬ which triggers the odor. Bacteria mixed with sweat, joined by the air equals a pungent and awful smell.
The only solution is maintaining a proper hygiene. Poor hygiene can cause smelly underarms. Properly clean your body especially your underarms, scrub it gently while showering and use products such as antiperspirants to reduce sweating or deodorants to prevent having underarm odor.
Undigested Trimethylamine’. If however your underarms reek of fish-odor then you have a different issue. The fish-odor’ syndrome is a case where the armpits smells like decomposing fish. This condition is rare and is only found in those persons whose system is unable to digest trimethylamine’, a substance responsible for the odor associated with fouling fish’. It is also related with taking large doses of choline and carnitine which can be found in eggs, fish, liver and legumes.
If this is your case then all you need to do is to control your diet and minimize your intake of these types of foods.
Spicy Foods. Too much intake of spicy foods such as curry, onions, garlic, chillies and other spices can also cause your underarms to smell through your sweat. The smell of the spices is secreted outside your body and is mixed with sweat producing the bad odor which is why most people who live in the Middle East have this distinct smell on them.
Other diseases. Having diseases such as gastrointestinal problems, kidney or liver problems and diabetes can also cause smelly armpits due to in-take of strong medicines which affect the body odor.
Genes. If your family have smelly underarms then you know where you got it.
In conclusion, there are a lot of reasons why the underarms smell. To solve this problem, you need to look for the main cause and get the right solution.