Read­ers reach out to man with odour is­sue

Cape Breton Post - - Advice/Games - El­lie Tesher Ad­vice Read El­lie Mon­day to Satur­day. Email el­lie@thes­ Fol­low @el­liead­vice. Copy­right 2017: El­lie Tesh­erDistributed by: Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

So many Toronto Star read­ers have had com­pas­sion for the painful, em­bar­rassed, and “mer­ci­lessly-teased” 33-yearold man with a per­sis­tent body odour prob­lem (July 12), that they keep post­ing sug­ges­tions.

Here’s a sec­ond list, to add to the one pre­vi­ously pub­lished (Au­gust 7):

Reader # 1 - “He might have a ge­netic med­i­cal prob­lem com­monly called Fish Odour Syn­drome (Trimethy­lamin­uria).

“It’s caused by an in­abil­ity to break down trimethy­lamine in the liver. Achange in diet will help - but he should first get tested for it by a doc­tor.”

El­lie - For those in­ter­ested, more on this syn­drome will ap­pear in to­mor­row’s col­umn.

Reader #2 - “Check out as soon as pos­si­ble whether any­one in your fam­ily has the same prob­lem, for more clues to its ori­gin.”

Reader #3 -”Make sure that all the clothes next to your skin (shirts, pants, caps, un­der­wear, pa­ja­mas, house­coats, scarves, socks, etc.) are 100 per­cent cot­ton, no syn­thet­ics.

“Cot­ton socks should be thick enough to be very ab­sorbent. Wash and dry all clothes af­ter one day’s use; no sec­ond-day wear­ing with­out laun­der­ing them first.

“Take an ex­tra full set of clothes to work, in­clud­ing socks, and change into them half way through your work­day.

“Look for suit­able work shoes that are wash­able, and laun­der fre­quently. Look for fre­quently wash­able sweaters, jack­ets, and even outer coats.

“Your bed linens should be cot­ton or one of the newer “airy” ma­te­ri­als that keep your body from sweat­ing while you sleep. Wash them too ev­ery other day or so.

“Cover your leisure-time chairs and so­fas with fre­quently laun­dered blan­kets or throws. Use some­thing sim­i­lar when in an au­to­mo­bile.

“Usu­ally what makes peo­ple smelly are the clothes that they wear.

“When we sweat, es­pe­cially in the armpits, andthese clothes are taken off, the sweat dries on the clothes and car­ries bac­te­ria.

“If the same clothes are re­worn, the bac­te­ria are ac­ti­vated again when the per­son sweats and causes the odour.

“If one wears a washed set of all­clothes ev­ery­time, the BO will be elim­i­nated.”

Reader #4 - “My hus­band has dealt with the same is­sue of strong per­spi­ra­tion odour for years un­til be­com­ing al­co­hol­free, eats no pro­cessed foods, sugar-free, gluten free, zero caf­feine in any form of cof­fee or cho­co­late.

“We went on hol­i­day to a one week Raw Foods & Juice Fast and that was when we re­al­ized the dif­fer­ence. We’ve con­tin­ued to eat this way.

“His whole me­tab­o­lism has changed to not feel­ing over­heated. We even ad­justed our house ther­mo­stat by four de­grees!

“He’d al­ways show­ered at least twice daily, and changed shirts sev­eral times a day, and even then his body odour was “un­pleas­ant.”

“Now, no body odour at all and no need to carry ex­tra clothes to change into.”

Reader #5 - “For many years I had ex­ces­sive armpit per­spi­ra­tion that soaked through my shirts and suits, leav­ing white stains on the suits and yel­low on the shirts.

“I did use de­odor­ant though, and as far as I know, I was not “stinky.”

“My fam­ily doc­tor rec­om­mended “Drysol,” It’s a strong anti-per­spi­rant that com­pletely stops wet­ness. I’ve been us­ing this since De­cem­ber 1988 and there hasn’t been a drop of sweat since. I only use it once ev­ery three weeks now, al­though at first one uses it more fre­quently.

“It can be pur­chased at any phar­macy with­out a pre­scrip­tion and a small bot­tle lasts about three years.”

Reader #6 - “Mix equal parts of bak­ing pow­der and body pow­der and use as a pow­der, in­clud­ing un­der the arms.”

Reader #7 - “Af­ter wash­ing your armpits, use plain vine­gar on the skin. You can di­lute but I use full strength.

“Among foods, cheese and gar­lic are two po­ten­tial cul­prits.”

Reader #8 - “I had a sim­i­lar prob­lem and found that us­ing Purely Great Cream De­odor­ant (all nat­u­ral) helped. The web­site for the man­u­fac­turer is https://my­nat­u­raldeodor­ant. com/ and it can be or­dered on­line.”

Reader #9 - “Chloro­phyll tablets or chloro­phyll liq­uid has worked won­ders for me.

“For sud­den bad breath - I just used part of a small bot­tle and in a cou­ple of days the hal­i­to­sis was his­tory, never re­peated.

“Now, bad breath is clearly not the same as body odour, but chloro­phyll is cheap, has been proven ef­fec­tive against some un­pleas­ant odours, and may pen­e­trate in its ef­fect through­out the body. It’s cer­tainly worth a try.”


Don’t self-di­ag­nose. Try only those rec­om­mended reme­dies that won’t be harm­ful or cause al­ler­gic re­ac­tions. If a se­ri­ous prob­lem per­sists, seek med­i­cal tests from a spe­cial­ist.

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