More sug­ges­tions for body odour prob­lem

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PAUSE & PLAY - El­lie Tesher

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. A†change 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, and these 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 all clothes ev­ery time, 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.”

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