Body odor or Bromhidrosis refers to the unpleasant smell that is emitted from the body. The smell results from the presence of bacteria on the body skin.
When the bacteria contact with the sweat, it break down into aromatic fatty acids and chemical that causes the unpleasant body odor.
Certain area of the body such as groin, armpit, and genitals, are more likely to occur body odor because these area produce oily substances and protein that bacteria feed on. While sweat found on other area of the body such as feet, hair, hand and ears, are salty water which bacteria difficult to flourish in.
There are many factors that can cause body odor. Some are controllable and others are involuntary. These include:
- Hereditary factor
- Poor hygiene
- Lack of vitamin and mineral
- Heavy physical activities
- Presence of toxins in the body
- Hormonal changes such as puberty or menopause
- Low level of hormones especially for male
- Diseases or illness such as fungal infections, kidney and liver disease, low blood sugar, fever
- Overactive thyroid or Hyperthyroidism
- Certain drugs such as acetaminophen, antipsychotic medications, aspirin, morphin, and thyroid hormone thyroxine