How to know if you smell and what you can do about it

If you emit foul odor or have worries that most people smell better than you, here’s what you should know.

Anyone can have a bad odor problem no matter how well they brush, shower or keep their clothes clean.

There are some sufferers whose names are synonymous with bad odor, and they probably don’t know because we live in a civilized society where people see it as an embarrassment to advise others.

However, being observant of people’s reaction when you get close to them or speak, can explain if you need to take some actions on your lifestyle.

Here are a few ways to find out how you smell:

  • Take off your clothes after wearing them for some hours and smell the armpit area. If it stinks, that’s a sign that you probably have a body odor problem though it could also mean that you need to do your laundry, especially if you’re the type who wears your shirt/pants/boxers/bras/undies for days. Bad habit.
  • Stretch out your palm very close to your mouth and puff out some air. You’ll get your real breathe from the smell which rises back after hitting your palm.
  • Dip a finger in your mouth and try reaching the inner part of your tongue. Leave it there for a few seconds, and percieve the smell.
  • Lick your wrist and wait for about 10 seconds before checking. The odor which comes from your wrist is the same as how your mouth smells.
  • Check other parts of your body which retains moisture: armpits, between the toes and under your breasts. Anyone who sweats badly has an increased chance of suffering from bad odor.
  • Ask someone you trust and request that they tell you the truth about how you smell.

Let’s assume you have confirmed your odor status from the listed methods. It’d be right to know the exact causes of bad breathe or body odor. I’ll be adding some suggestions to help you get over the problem, too.

Your Choice Of Food Or Drink:

If you like alcohol, garlic, spicy foods, onions, curry and beer, there’s a great chance that you will have a foul smell problem. Try avoiding these foods and your breath will clear up after a few days.

Consuming such foods might be tempting even when you’re with some friends. The best idea would be to make sure that everyone shares with you. Doing so will make it hard for any of you to perceive the bad breath from each other.

A temporary relief might be to chew minty gums or use liquid mouthwash.

Brushing your teeth very carefully, flossing daily and scraping your tongue from deep inside your throat will be helpful.

Clothes And Undies:

Stay away from synthetic clothes or anything made from unbreathable materials, especially if you sweat profusely. It enhances body odor by keeping sweat on your skin unlike cotton-made fabrics which are absorbent.

Wash your clothes regularly and shower with good soaps, preferably those with disinfectants.

Towel Up Properly After Shower:

Some body parts like your armpits, under the breasts, between your toes or even around your private parts can retain moisture after shower.

Marina Peredo, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in private practice in Smithtown, NY, says you should pay attention to how you towel up.

“There’s no access to air there, and it’s easier for bacteria and fungi to multiply and mix with sweat, causing odor and irritation,” she says.

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Last Advice On Avoiding Body Odor Or Bad Breathe:

  • Cut down on carbohydrates.
  • Eat at a slow pace and chew properly before swallowing.
  • Get a good sleep everyday.
  • Use Deodorants which contain antiperspirant because this “actually plugs your sweat glands, which stops you from excreting sweat,” Peredo says.
  • Don’t wear spandex when you work out.
  • Use minty toothpastes, brush regulary and wisely, too.
  • Consult your doctor for help if none of these worked. Or if you don’t think your breathe smells good enough. The problem might be in your head only.


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