Body odour is produced by some people when they sweat. The smell is not caused by perspiration, but by bacteria on the body that breaks down the sweat into products that produce unpleasant smells.
All of us sweat or perspire. It is one of the ways that the body regulates temperature and gets rid of waste products from the body, apart from the more obvious methods of body waste removal, such as bowel motions and urine.
It is important to change and wash clothing that may have been in contact with the skin as this will also lessen any odour. Wear socks and change them daily to remove any sweat from affecting your footwear, and air any clothing in the sun or warm dry areas if it cannot be washed or dry cleaned regularly.
Using antiperspirants will reduce perspiration, whereas deodorants mask any smells that you may produce in the areas it has been applied.
A hangover occurs when your intake of alcohol-containing substances is greater than the body’s ability to detoxify or remove this harmful or potentially poisonous substance.
When alcohol is taken into the body it gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Eating before drinking will delay but not prevent the effects of alcohol. If it is your habit to drink significant amounts of alcohol in the evening then you may still have a high level of alcohol circulating in your bloodstream the following morning affecting your judgement and ability to function normally, as well as the ‘hangover’ effect being delayed or prolonged.
Most of the alcohol taken in is broken down by the liver, and the liver is only able to break down a limited amount of alcohol, which is why it is recommended to alternate alcohol-containing drinks with non-alcoholic ones, to allow the liver to catch up on any alcohol needing to be removed from the body.
Your community pharmacist has treatments available to help you to deal with the effects of one drink or more too many and will be able to advise you how best to avoid and manage hangovers both now and in the future.
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