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Dealing With Stinky Pits? Here's How To Stop The Smell

Most of us associate nasty pit smell with our awkward teenage years, but the truth is that - unfortunately - a case of smelly underarms can strike at any age. In fact, pit smell can actually get worse as you get older.

While a few cases of nasty body odor can't be helped, there are some very common causes that might be to blame for your funky pits.

If you notice your body odor is getting worse, but you haven't changed your cleaning routine or exercise level, these routine problems could be to blame:

A hormone imbalance:

Very minor changes to your body's hormones can cause some nasty smells. If this is the case, you may need to see a doctor before you'll notice a change.

Diet:

If you're eating lots of processed foods, the smell your underarm sweat gives off can get worse. Foods like red meat and coffee can have the same effect.

Certain Medications:

Again, if the smell doesn't go away, ask your doctor if any of the medications you're taking could be causing it.

Click the next page to learn how to cure a nasty armpit smell.

Don't lose hope! If you have a bad case of underarm odor, you might feel embarrassed and alone. Just remember that it's a very common condition.If you're having trouble with other odors, we have a guide for that too. The first thing you should try is switching to a stronger deodorant. Usually this smelly change is only temporarily, and a tough product will cover it up. For serious cases, try an antiperspirant. They contain aluminum, which blocks your body from producing underarm sweat.

If you want to try a more natural cure, there are recipes for homemade products that use ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and sage.

Finally, changing up your routine by adding more natural food to your diet and cutting out tobacco will make a noticeable change to your body's smell. You can also stop odor-causing bacteria from building up by shaving your underarm hair.

If your body is still a little stinky after you've tried these solutions, visit your doctor, because you could have a case of hyperhidrosis - making your body sweat more than normal.

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