Hey guys, so today we would be talking about quite an interesting topic: the swag killer disease!
We all know that there are different behavioural traits, norms, patterns, etc that could reduce to the very minimum the public perception of an individual or in a more youthful way: the individual’s ‘swag’.
And when I use the word ‘swag’ ( a term mostly used and understood by young people) I mean a stylish or fashionable appearance that normally gives a guy or a lady, high ratings among his or her peers or accomplice or even strangers as long as appearance and perception is concerned.
So today we would be looking at what I call the number one swag killer disease for every guy or lady out there and I promise you that if you get this one out of your way, your ratings in the world of class and ‘swag’ will definitely take a high leap to never come down.
So let’s get into it already.
Yes it is! Body odour is one of the leading causes of low self esteem, low confidence levels and even depression in the long run.
You’ve probably read the famous proverb by Patrick Süskind which states that:
“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”
This is because body odour is a disease that not just makes a person undesirable but also kills one’s self esteem, disrupts companionship and even leads to broken relationships.
Sadly some people with body odour might not even be aware of such unless they are told. But you don’t have to wait until you are told dear friends.
If you observe that you always have body odour, by smelling your clothes or by performing some other self smelling techniques (if you know what I mean), then please take today’s post a little bit more seriously. Okay? Lol.
So by way of definition, let’s see the meaning of the phrase: “body odor”.
According to medical news today, Body odor is the perceived unpleasant smell an individual’s body gives off when bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat to form acids.
Some other school of thought has said that it is the smell of bacteria growing on the body, but it is actually the result of bacteria breaking down protein to form certain acids.
Now our body sweat normally contains some electrolytes with some little amount of proteins and other minerals. So when the bacteria that live on the skin break down these proteins, it produces acids which give the person’s body the characteristic unpleasant odor.
Now from the explanation and definition above you can easily pick out three key words: Unpleasant smell, bacteria and sweat.
According to Adam F. 2017, sweat itself is virtually odorless to humans but it is the rapid multiplication of bacteria in the presence of sweat and their breaking down of sweat to form acids that eventually cause the unpleasant smell which we call body odour. (Adam Felman, 2017. Medical News today)
So where is body odour most likely to occur?
Body odor is most likely to occur in the places listed below:
– Genital area
– Below the navel
– Other regions of the body with folds.
So from the list above, we can observe that the common factor with all the mentioned places is that they are likely sites of accumulation of body sweat.
So if someone should tell you that you have body odour or maybe you observed it by yourself, know that any one, two or more of these places are the possible location or site.
Common causes of body odour include:
This is because of the high body fat associated with obesity which in turn increases the body folds. This leads to sweat accumulation, and bacteria acts on them and acids are formed which has the characteristic unpleasant odour.
People living with diabetes are also at higher risks of developing body odour than those free of diabetes.
3. Poor clothing hygiene:
This applies to individuals that keep on wearing the same clothes they have sweated upon without washing them first. The bacteria which lives on the individual’s body act on the sweat on the clothe and acids are formed leading to body odour.
4. Some disease conditions:
These include skin conditions like leprosy which makes the body to constantly release fluid, and the same cycle occurs leading to body odour, schizophrenia, precocious puberty (when a child’s body grows too fast to become like that of an adult).
5. Excessive sweating (hyperhydrosis)
So now that we know the sites where body odour is likely to occur as well as causes of body odor let’s now quickly look at the different remedies to the swag killer disease – body odour.
Quick remedies to body odour
The basis of these remedies is the fact that the primary cause of body odour is accumulation of sweat long enough for the normal body bacteria to act on them. So let’s get into the talk guys.
Easy ways of overcoming body odour include:
1. Use of antiperspirants:
This helps to keep your armpit dry. This should mostly be done when you want to sleep. However don’t use excessively; use moderately. The body needs to perspire from time to time.
2. For individuals who sweat excessively consintently (hyperhydrosis), please see your doctor.
3. Good clothing hygiene: Poor clothing hygiene is one of the express ways of acquiring body odor. Avoid wearing clothes that have been worn and sweated upon by you without prior washing.
4. Always take your bath at least twice daily to avoid accumulation of sweat on your body surface for too long. Note however that taking your bath excessively (maybe 4 to 5 times a day is not also healthy)
5. And finally, use deodorants or cologne:
Well, I made this point the last point for a reason. This is because applying perfume or deodorants when the underlying cause of the odour is still unresolved would only be as unfruitful as pouring water on rocks that would only cause the water to splash away without absorbing any reasonable quantity.
So when you must have dealt with the underlying cause of the body odour, then get yourself a nice but light scenting cologne for your daily use.
So guys, thank you for taking the time out to read today’s post.
I hope this post has helped someone out there to improve on his or her ‘swag’. Don’t forget to share this post with your friends.
I’d also love to hear from you so feel free to ask your questions and make contributions in the comment section. And until then, keep fit!
A final year medical student at the University of Nigeria. A fitness coach and a music director.