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What causes body odor?

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Sweat by itself is virtually odorless. But when microscopic bacteria that live naturally on your skin mix with sweat, they multiply quickly and raise quite a stink.

Washing thoroughly, especially areas where you sweat, can reduce body odor.

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

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 9, 2018

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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