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Friday, 1 November 2013

A must read for guys: Armpit infection causes body odour

One man's irrepressible body odour was the result of a bacterial infection of his armpit hair, according to a new report of the 13 oddest Medical Cases.

The 40-year-old man told his doctors he'd had armpit odour and "dirty" armpit hair for the last four years.

There was a "creamy yellow" substance on the man's armpit hairs. Looking at the hairs under the microscope, the doctors saw that the hairs were surrounded by an "opaque material" that was only on the hair surface.

The doctors diagnosed the man with trichomycosis axillaris, which is an infection of hair shafts caused by the bacteria Corynebacterium tenuis, the researchers said. The infection can produce yellow, black or red masses around hair shafts.

The bacteria tend to grow on hair in moist regions of the body mostly armpit hair, but sometimes pubic hair.

Researchers from Beijing and Madrid said, “The odour that comes with the condition is due, in part, to the ability of the bacteria to metabolize testosterone in sweat into smelly compounds”.

Men please shaves your armpit :) 

The New England Journal of Medicine Oct, 2013