We have all had that one not-so-nice experience with someone with body odour. Stinking feet, smelly mouth, or sweaty and smelly armpits and of course the private parts which is probably the most embarrassing.
Some people smell because they are too lazy to observe personal hygiene. But others smell due to unavoidable reasons.
Below are some of the reasons a person might still smell bad even after a fresh bath.
1. Trimethylaminuria (TMAU)
A condition known as trimethylaminuria makes people smell even after bathing or using perfume. Trimethylaminuria is a metabolic disorder where the body is unable to break down the chemical trimethylamine. It is a genetic disorder that one can get if both parents have it or are carriers.
This chemical has a pungent smell that is similar to that of a rotting fish, rotting garbage or urine. When the chemical accumulates in the body, it is excreted through sweat, urine and breath, making one smell.
Trimethylamine is found in foods with chlorine such as liver, eggs, salmon, wheat germ, milk, broccoli and fresh cod.
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for trimethylaminuria. However, research has shown that avoiding such foods rich in chlorine can help in preventing this condition. But completely avoiding foods rich in chlorine can also be dangerous since a deficiency in chlorine causes liver damage.
Bathing frequently with an acidic soap and laundering clothes frequently can help reduce the smell
2. Athlete’s foot
Presence of fungal feet is another contributor to smelling even after showering. Fungal is mainly brought about by the fact of keeping your feet wet and in warm places for long. Despite it having a medicine, it’s smell become worse if not treated much earlier.
There is a myriad of drugstore anti-fungal creams designed specifically to treat athlete’s foot.
If you need something stronger, your doctor can prescribe a medicated ointment.
Some home remedies you can try include applying tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, or yoghurt.
3. Consuming Foods High in Sulfur
When you eat cabbage, broccoli, and other sulfur-rich foods, the sulfur is broken down into compounds that smell like rotten-eggs and are later secreted through your pores. So no matter how much you clean your underarms, the smell will still seep through. Garlic and onions also contain volatile sulfurous substances.
You can remedy this by avoiding eating garlic, onions, leeks, chives, protein-rich foods, broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, turnips, and kale.
You can also try cooking cruciferous vegetables. Cooking reduces the sulfur compounds but retains the nutrients.
4. Stress and anxiety
When one is going through a lot of stress and anxiety, he or she breaks a sweat that contains fat that sticks on one’s skin. In that case, the bacteria present on the skin feed on the fats, and when the fats are broken down by the bacteria, it results in a smell.
To remedy this try to avoid stressful situations, do some yoga or meditation. This may help reduce anxiety.
If you find it hard to minimize sweating by reducing stress or depression, antiperspirant or deodorant will either block sweat or neutralize the odour caused by bacteria.
5. Consuming copious amounts of alcohol
If you happen to drink a lot of alcohol, the extra alcohol that is not processed by the liver happens to find its way through the pores of the skin. As a result, even after bathing, one ends up still smelling.
It is best to drink in moderation and drink water in between servings of alcohol.