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B.O. No! What's that Smell?

B.O. (body odor) is a big side effect of puberty and if you don't take proper care of it, it can be an unpleasant smell... not just for you, but also for the people that surround you. Puberty can be difficult to deal with and it's important to be educated about what to do so you don't create unnecessary anxiety.


When puberty starts, your sweat glands become active and you will start to perspire more in the following areas:


  • Hand Palms
  • Underarms
  • Genitals
  • Feet

Imagine this… It's the lunch break and you've just being playing basketball in the gymnasium for the last 20 minutes. Then the bell rings. You have 5 minutes to get to your next class, which is English, and the special someone you like is going to be sitting right in front of you. As you approach the class, you notice a rotten smell. It's following you… wait… it's you. Now what are you going to do? If you worry about it, it's only going to get worse as stress also makes you sweat.


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Here are some daily tips that you can use to avoid running into some embarrassing situations:


  • Wash your body everyday and after playing sports
  • Wear clean clothes and bring a change of clothes for after playing sports
  • Don't let deodorants and anti-perspirants be substitutes for soap
  • Wear different shoes everyday
  • Keep your shoes and feet clean and dry
  • Use natural fibers like cotton socks and leather/canvas shoes

The main thing is to relax and not worry. If you understand that everyone goes through puberty and gets body odor, you will be able to avoid stress, which also can cause your body odor to get worse. Stress can also cause more acne to break out, it can prevent your immune system from fighting common colds and sicknesses, and there are also more serious illnesses that may occur from too much stress.


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I love English!
I always get sweaty on my hand palms and armpits.....
commented: Mon Mar 25, 2013

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i had body odor since i wuz 10 at first i had to take a shower every minute bt den i st...
commented: Mon Apr 26, 2010

audrey911

audrey911 wrote:

hahha once my friend had B.O. eveyone in class sat on one sid of the room then the teac...
commented: Sat Apr 24, 2010

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I think you can not be sure he likes you. take me as an example theres this girl in my class who i talk to everyday. Now i see her as a sister and i have and will go to lengths just to make sure shes okay and her boyfriend doesnt hurt her. This might be what is happening in your situation so i advice that you wait a bit longer because him loooking at you may mean that he likes you and is waiting for the right time to tell you. Meanwhile you can get closer to him and flirt once in a while to asure that him you also like him (that is if he isnt sure). And dont worry if he doesnt like you back its better to have a friend who cares about you than a boyfriend who doesnt like you that much and is dreaming about someone else.
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InternetOwl
What part of it are you scared of? Is it eating in public and around other people, or just eating in general?  What it might be, if it's eating in public you don't like, is social anxiety, or social phobia. You should ask your doctor to check, because if it is, they can offer you ways to help. For instance, they might recommend therapists or group sessions to help ease your fear.  Even if it's just a phobia or, in unlikelier circumstances, an eating disorder, you should still go to your doctor or a therapist so you can try to overcome it. Try doing things that calm you down before these situations as well, like exercise, reading or listening to music (I'm not sure what relaxes you but sometimes these help). Also, you should try to slowly get used to the situations. So don't force yourself to eat straight away when you're out, but slowly start doing so whenever your comfortable with doing so. Unlike your mum wants, you can't just "stop" being scared because that's not how it works.  But right now, please don't force yourself into any of these situations. It's not good for your mental health to be forced to face a phobia of yours often. 
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Dear Dish-It, Within the last few years I have felt a bit sick and shaky when we go out to eat. It's not so bad when it's a carvery lunch or something at a pub, but settling down for a chocolate brownie and a milkshake shakes me up. Don't get me wrong, I love going out with Mum, but it's just sitting down and taking a bite. I want to chuck it in the bin. I love eating brownies and stuff at home and I'm pretty healthy. But I refuse to go to the town before lunch in fear. Mum told me I got to stop this or I'm going to develop a terrible phobia.  Please help! ElfyKathy, worried
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