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How do deodorants or antiperspirants help with body odor?

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Deodorants don't keep you from sweating -- they mask the smell of bacteria on your skin. Antiperspirants have aluminum chloride, a chemical that helps keep you from sweating. Most also have a deodorant.

Stronger deodorants and antiperspirants are available without a prescription. Look for products that say on the label they are higher strength.

If you think you need even more help, ask your doctor about prescription antiperspirants.

From: 6 Tips for Reducing Body Odor WebMD Medical Reference

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Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University, New Orleans; spokeswoman, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Body Odor."

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, vice chairwoman, department of dermatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Ask the Expert."

Havlicek, J. October 2006. Chemical Senses,

Porter, R. , August 1986. Chemical Senses

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SOURCES:

Patricia Farris, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology, Tulane University, New Orleans; spokeswoman, American Academy of Dermatology.

Eric Schweiger, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City.

WebMD Medical Reference: "Preventing Body Odor."

Dee Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, vice chairwoman, department of dermatology, St. Louis University School of Medicine; president, International Hyperhidrosis Society.

International Hyperhidrosis Society: "Ask the Expert."

Havlicek, J. October 2006. Chemical Senses,

Porter, R. , August 1986. Chemical Senses

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 9, 2018

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