Rubbing someone else’s sweat on your armpit might just be all that is left for you to do to be free from that body odour once and for all.
A new study claims that if you have body odour, you can treat it by rubbing the sweat of a more fragrant family member under your armpit and this will help treat your body odour.
As bizarre as this technique sounds the team of researchers led by Dr Chris Callewart from the University of California, San Diego, it was found that applying the sweat of another person without body odour treats body odour by replacing strong-smelling armpit bacteria with some that do not smell as bad, causing your armpits to be tricked into breeding nicer smelling bacteria.
The method of treatment which is called bacteria transplant was tested on two identical twins – one of whom suffered from bad body odour, while the other had little to no smell.
The twin without body odour was told not to bath for four days so as to produce more of his non-smelling sweat while the twin with body odour was told to bath every day using antibacterial soap.
Dr. Callewart proceeded to rub the sweat of the twin without odour on the other twin who has odour and they found that the twin with body odour became treated of his bad smell and has been odour free for over a year now.
The experiment has been done several times again and the result has been steady so far. In all cases, one person had BOr and the other was a close relative with fresher smelling armpits who was able to donate bacteria.
The team is now trying to cultivate its own universal bacteria instead of using the ones in the sweat from relatives. This means that anyone could use the bacterial brew without having to go through the embarrassment of asking nicer-smelling relatives.
“It’s still very experimental, but I’m sure it can work,” Dr. Callewaert said.
Body Odour (also known as B.O, bromhidrosis, osmidrosis or ozochrotia) is a perceived unpleasant fragrance which can occur as a result of excessive sweat or/and accumulated body dirt.
BO has a strong genetic basis both in animals and humans and can be also strongly influenced by various diseases and psychological conditions.
Body odour can have a nice and specific smell to the individual and can be used especially by dogs and other animals to identify people. Each person’s unique BO can be influenced by diet, gender, health, and medication.
Sweating is a fact but it becomes an odour when the smell one emits during sweat becomes very offensive smell.
Dr. Callewaert, however, said there are various ways you can naturally improve your scent. He recommended eating less fast food which is typically high in fat and oil. Instead, we should be eating more vegetables.
Shaving your underarms can also help, as can wearing clothes made of good quality fabric – polyester is to be avoided at all costs.
Unfortunately, washing clothes regularly won’t actually help the problem – it just spreads the bacteria around your washing machine