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Odor causes

Smell-Well.net distinguishes 6 causes of personal odor issues.

Bad Breath

Bad breath or any unpleasant odor from the mouth can have several causes, amongst it, bad teeth condition, bad breath, stomach problems, bacteria in the mouth or on the tongue and etc.

Causes are eventually wide and quite common, it could be a temporary bad breath caused by eating garlic rich food, or having a bit too much of a drink. The problem is more wide spread than we would have thought, and as it seems, it worsens with age. Poor oral hygiene causes several disease problems, like gum disease. It often results in bad breath, strengthened by plaque and bacteria gathering in the mouth, between the teeth and on the tongue. Sometimes, bad air from infected lungs or ill stomachs makes things worse.

We always recommend brushing your teeth after meals and commonly using mouth wash liquid. These can be found in different flavors, and at different budgets – so there is no excuse for not using.

What is a bad breath?
Bad breath or Halitosis Oral is an abnormal smell of the exhaled air. Halitosis Oral is a condition that easily becomes regular and should not be confused with occasional and temporary bad breath occurring from occasional use of alcohol, tobacco or strong herbs in your meal.

Bad breath hit 1 of each 5 of us, hence very common according to research done. Bad breath does not come from the stomach! It is a common misconception to think bad breath result from stomach related issues alone (like a hurt stomach valve). Moreover this seems to be relevant only in a minority of cases studied.  

What causes bad breath?
Research shows that a majority of bad breath cases studied (over 80%) seem to indicate the source as the mouth, in particular the rear part of the tongue, where bacteria easily settles and thrives between grooves and fissures that compose the tongue tissue. Easy to notice, after several days of ill treatment, a white-yellow plaque layer on the tongue, on the rear upper side. The plaque layer on the tongue, together with certain oral bacteria causes a production of sulphuric volatile gases. The gases have a very unpleasant odor. We recommend brushing your tongue, when brushing teeth – a practice very much useful to prevent oral
odor issues.

Body Odor

Body odor, we all have it and it is always unique to each and every one of us. It might be pleasant for us, though sometimes it is unpleasant for others.  A pungent body odor is usually the result of poor hygiene practice, and is of some disturbance to people at our immediate vicinity. It could be dealt with by putting in a little bit of an effort that has great value for our well being.

Taking a shower or a bath at least once a day is a high recommended practice to start with, though sometimes it is not enough. Using soap, shower gels and so on, followed by using a deodorant that feels pleasant for us, is another desirable common practice.

Visit any supermarket or drugstore to find a wide range of products, containing different ingredients and flavors. Find the ones that fit you well, try asking your spouse or partner how it feels on you, and select the products fitting your budget. In drugstores or pharmacies, ask for service, in many a case you will find it useful.

Other best practice ideas to keep in mind:
Change your underwear and socks on a daily basis.
If you are going to use the same clothes a few days in a row, make sure they hang up in the evening and aired well. Wash clothes according to the instructions found on garments, use dry cleaning from time to time if in doubt.

If body odor issues persistently return, consult with your family physician, or your community nurse.

Note that some people suffer from medical conditions that might cause unpleasant body odor (such as the genetic phenomena referred to as ‘Trimethylaminuria’, providing a bad ‘rot’ odor). References in this site eventually refer to cases that are not of that kind, and should be easily fixed using the common practice suggestions we offer.

Flatulency

Flatulence is commonly caused by indigestion or unhealthy foods. At times less pleasant for you, and quite always a discomfort for your immediate surroundings.

The origin
Flatulence is created in normal conditions during the process of digestion in the gastro-intestinal tract. It is estimated that up to 15 liters of gas and air can accumulate in our intestines throughout the day; these gases are not processed into our blood system and leave our body in other natural ways, leaving a trial of smelly gases in the air around you.

Should you suffer from excessive flatulence, check out the possible sources, they include: consumption of certain food and beverages (over 90% of the cases), heavy breathing and rapid inhaling of air, some forms of drug abuse, chronic bowel disease, improper diet (see your physician), stress and lack of certain enzymes. It is also quite common with aging people, and women just giving after birth. 

Farting is healthy for you J
Keeping wind from blowing is unhealthy, and can cause nausea, bloating and / or abdominal cramps. Though we should try and restrain ourselves in the presence of other people.

Try and reduce the influence of flatulence sources, if it does not help, do consult with your family physician or docter.

feet gSmelly feet or sweaty feet are a serious discomfort resulting in feet stench; just imagine taking those shoes of in the presence of others, after a loaded day of work, and in the heat of the summer. The causes are indeed diverse, and can result from ill treatment, poor foot wear, and/or the natural smell of a person, due to his genetics and age.

What can be done to ease on the issue? Here are some examples:

Your feet, closed in shoe wear, are a beauty area for bacteria and other types of fungus to develop. Sometimes even when you exercise proper hygiene, washing daily and keep your feet clean, bacteria develops due to your shoes being contaminated – washing them, of course according to the directions of the producer, could solve some of these issues. Our study suggests that shoes made of natural products are healthier in keeping odor away. We also see that leather soles are preferable in keeping shoes cleans and bad odors away. When wearing sneakers, try using cotton or terry socks, these absorb moisture in a better manner, and leave less chance for fungus or bacteria to develop.

Using clean socks and airing your shoes: changing socks on a daily basis is a healthy habit to pursue. You should also avoid using the same pair of shoes on a daily basis, good practice is to keep at least two pairs for weekdays, switching on a daily basis and leaving a pair to air properly for at least a full day. In summer period and hot days, this is important all the more, and actually wearing sandals or open shoes is highly recommended.

When wearing closed shoes during hot days, more important to use a fresh pair of socks; you can also consider powdering with talcum powder on a regular basis. Here again, consult with your pharmacist on the most fitting brand, taking care of smelly feet in the right manner for you.

In some cases using insoles is a good practice, use those made out of natural material, so that moisture is properly absorbed from your feet. Consult with a paediatric or a pharmacist for the best fit for you.

Another good practice is to wash your feet daily with cold water, for some reason this has an excellent effect in reducing bad odor from your feet. Make sure to dry your feet properly right thereafter, between the toes too, a common place for bacteria to develop.

If bad odor caused by smelly feet is routine and persistent in your case, or you suffer occasionally from sweaty feet, consult with a physician or a chiropodist before seeking permanent solutions. 



Rook en baklucht

Smokers, even casual ones, or being in proximity with smokers (in bars or restaurants) can leave quite an unpleasant smell. In breath, in clothing and in material (furniture, in your car and etc)

Especially for non smokers, this can leave a very unpleasant odor, and smokers should practice some actions to avoid the nuisance. Change clothes immediately after being in a smoke rich environment, allowing clothes to ventilate for a while. In some cases, after consistent use in smoky locations, better to wash or dry clean to get rid of the smell. 

Genitals

Genitals include the surroundings of the penis, vagina and anus.

Smelly genitals are indeed a sensitive issue, and less talked about in public, far less than other smell issues that are reported and discussed at work, school or home. Those suffering from this phenomena, are less keen to talk about this issue, and sometime even dare not consult with a family physician, or local pharmacist – where advice and assistance could be given.

Gentlemen, handling your penis area is indeed a sensitive task; we recommend washing gently with water and other soap materials to get rid of smelly substance. Asking your spouse to help might be fun, and allow a discrete conversation regarding this discomforting issue. We also recommend using natural shampoo or various types of ‘baby soap’, they tend to leave less irritation and provide a soft and pleasant feeling.

Ladies, washing your sensitive and intimate parts should be a daily routine, of course more often during menstruation. Washing gently around the vagina should be done with appropriate soaping materials, low on pH and fit for sensitive areas. Please consult with your pharmacist for the best fitting products, they might differ with yearly seasons and age.

Same products, natural soaps and baby products can also fit washing thoroughly other sensitive parts of your body, especially around the anus. Keep your genitals healthy, clean and worthy!

Updated: 26-04-2017