Friday - - Expert Q&A -

a cer­ti­fied Ayurvedic con­sul­tant, an­swers queries ex­clu­sively for read­ers of

My eight-year-old daugh­ter is suf­fer­ing from se­vere body odour. Her diet in­cludes a lot of sweets and some cooked veg­eta­bles, but she doesn’t like fruit much. Please ad­vise.

NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST Al­though per­spi­ra­tion is odour­less, it can some­times cause an un­pleas­ant smell when it comes into con­tact with bac­te­ria on the skin. Body odour is in­flu­enced by diet, gen­der, ge­net­ics, health and med­i­ca­tions.

Apoc­rine sweat glands de­velop in ar­eas abun­dant in hair fol­li­cles, such as on our scalp, armpits and groin. Th­ese glands se­crete a fatty sweat; it’s the bac­te­rial break­down of apoc­rine sweat that causes an odour. Body odour can also be caused due to rea­sons such as eat­ing gar­lic, fun­gal in­fec­tions, gas­troin­testi­nal ab­nor­mal­i­ties, di­a­betes, poor hy­giene, liver prob­lems, vi­ta­min de­fi­ciency, uri­nary in­fec­tion, etc. Your doc­tor will be able to ad­vise you about the pos­si­ble causes. Some peo­ple can’t metabolise foods such as eggs, fish, liver and legumes. The re­sult is a “fishy” smell. Try elim­i­nat­ing th­ese from her diet for a week or two and see if it helps. You can do a num­ber of things to re­duce sweat­ing and body odour: ● Reg­u­lar bathing helps keep the num­ber of bac­te­ria on our skin in check. Your daugh­ter can use *sid­hard­haka choor­nam or *nim­badi choor­nam as a bath pow­der. Use a paste of *Th­riphala choor­nam for scalp wash, twice weekly. ● Dry her feet thor­oughly af­ter a bath. ● Choose shoes and socks made of nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and change socks once or twice a day. ● Con­sider elim­i­nat­ing caf­feinated drinks from her diet as well as foods with strong odours, such as gar­lic and onions. ● Eat less choco­late, peanuts, nuts, raisins, ce­re­als, eggs, soya prod­ucts, corn, wheat­germ. Greater em­pha­sis should be on eat­ing veg­eta­bles, rice and fruit. Drink plenty of wa­ter.

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