Bad breath, musty underarms, stinky feet…even those down-below parts. All of us have the occasional body part that smells less than sweet.
Luckily, there are lots of simple foul-odor fixes, as well as easy ways to detect if it’s time for a doctor visit…
Most fiber-rich foods, including brocoli, beans, and even greens, can make you gassy. In addition, if you’re lactose-intolerant, but couldn’t resist that glass of milk with your cookies…you know where we’re going with this.
Fix It: Take some Pepto-Bismol or other gas-reducing supplements like Beano. Be sure to take them while eating the offending food item to help control the situation ahead of time. Also, if you’re not moving your bowels regularly, the build-up can lead to excessive gas. To stay regular, be sure you’re getting more fiber and less white flour in your diet. Head to the bathroom at your first urge to go because you might get the signal to move your bowels only once a day.
See you doctor if: Gas is a persistent problem for you – it could be a sign of gallbladder disease (other signs include frequent burping and abdominal pain, especially after eating greasy foods).
When your feet sweat or get wet, bacteria build up and cause odor, says Kelly Geoghan, DPM, a podiatrist at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.
Fix It: Dry your feet well after every shower and be sure to wipe between your toes. If sweat’s your problem, spray your feet with an antiperspirant from the deodorant aisle of the drugstore, Dr. Geoghan suggests. Also, if you can help it, avoid wearing socks and heavy shoes in the head, if possible. If these methods don’t get rid of the stench, says Geoghan, a prescription-strength roll-on made for body odor can also help.