why do onions smell like body odor
Body odor is a nuisance and can cause embarrassment. Stress, exercise and high temperatures are normal causes for sweating, also known as perspiration. Odor occurs when perspiration encounters bacteria on the skin. Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, and little or no sweating, also known as anhidrosis, are medical conditions that require treatment. Strong-smelling foods such as onions may cause body odor. The body has two types of sweat glands -- the eccrine glands and apocrine glands. The eccrine gland is directly open to the skin surface and covers the majority of the body. It produces odorless sweat primarily composed of sodium chloride that helps reduce your body temperature. The apocrine glands cover areas with abundant hair follicles such as the armpits, groin and scalp. These glands secrete fatty sweat that mixes with bacteria, which causes an unpleasant odor.
According to Columbia University Health Services, food such as garlic, curry and onions contribute to body odor. Foods with a strong smell such as onions and garlic is high in sulfuric acid. The oil secreted from onions mixes with the fatty sweat released in the apocrine glands. The strong smell from onions contributes to body odor in the apocrine glands. Onions may also cause foul breath. Cooking the onions may cut down on their odor-causing properties, according to Get Healthy Palm Beach. Over-the-counter products, such as antiperspirant and deodorant help combat body odor and sweating. The Women and Children's Health Network notes that using antiperspirants containing aluminum-based compounds help temporarily block sweat glands and a deodorant to eliminate the odor.
Aluminum chloride prescriptions are available if over-the-counter medication does not work. Side effects include redness and itchy skin. Columbia University suggests bathing daily with deodorant or antibacterial soap, reducing your consumption of strong-smelling foods such as onion, quitting smoking and adding magnesium or zinc to a healthy diet consisting of vegetables and whole-grain foods.
I am new to Curezone and would love to hear your opinions/"solutions" to my devastating issue. Your help would mean the WORLD to me, and I will get back to your comment immediately to reply. I have suffered from "oniony" body odor emitting from my armpits for about a half a year now and am at the end of my wits. I take a shower and fifteen minutes later, the smell in my pits is back- it stinks exactly of spiced onion stew.
I have collected some possible theories: 1. A negative gram bacterial infection 2. A yeast infection I am pretty sure it is not a metabolic problem, as I have spent hours researching, they are rare, and this odor is solely in my pits. (so no TMAU or something) Has anybody else suffered from this problem? Are there any solutions? Please do not tell me to "use more deodorant" as I have already tried an arrangement of 12 different antiperspirants/deodorants. Yes. 12. I have also tried chlorophyll and cleaning up my diet with no success. The only thing that did help was soaking in the hot tub every day (I'm guessing because of the chlorine and antibacterial properties) but I do not have the luxury of doing this daily.
I have tried bleach, honey, apple cider vinegar, yoghurt etc. (basically an assortment of home remedies without much change) I have also tried antibiotic cream Neosporin with no positive results thus leading me to believe that think that this infection is buried deep in my hair follicles and thus is harder to conquer. Any suggestions? Any solutions? Please do not try to sell me something, I am not that ignorant. I am looking for real advice as I keep searching for the cure. I promise that once I get to the bottom of this, that I will share my results with everyone. I will find a solution, but your advice and experiences to help me would be great. I am DETERMINED to find something to cure my onion smelling pits. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.
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