Smells and sweat: keep it clean

If you going through puberty, you might notice that you have started to sweat more, especially when you play sport, worry or when it's hot. Don't worry, sweating is completely normal! Sweating can actually be good for you, because it helps your body to keep cool. During puberty, your sweat glands become more energetic and make more sweat. The fast growth changes in your body can cause you to literally sweat it out as you now have more sweat glands: 

  •        under your arms;
  •        in the palms of your hands;
  •        under your feet;
  •        between your legs

    Sweat on its own doesn't smell. But when it mixes with germs (bacteria) on your skin, it can smell. This is why it is important to wash your body often, wear clean clothes or use deodorant to cover up the smell of sweat.


    Sweat can also get trapped inside your shoes causing germs (bacteria) to grow. This can cause the bad smell that sometimes comes from your feet and shoes. So remember to: 
  •    keep your feet clean and dry them well after washing;
  •    wash your shoes (if washable);
  •    dry your shoes before wearing them;
  •    leave your shoes to air overnight;
  •    wear cotton socks, as they are best for smelly feet.

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B-Wise User oyintando 18 March 2016 16:37

My hands are also sweating what can I can I do???

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 15:13

Hi Oyintando, Increased sweating, even on your hands, is a normal part of adolescence. It can get worse if it is hot, if you are worried, or if you've eaten spicy food - so try to avoid these if they make the sweating worse. Excessive sweating occurs in about 1-3% of people, and usually starts in adolescence. It is not usually a serious problem to your health, but can interfere with your life. If you are having excessive sweating that interferes with your normal activities, talk to your nurse or doctor as they may be able to prescribe something to help.



B-Wise Expert Expert 19 March 2016 04:15

Hi Oyintando, Increased sweating, even on your hands, is a normal part of adolescence. It can get worse if it is hot, if you are worried, or if you've eaten spicy food - so try to avoid these if they make the sweating worse. Excessive sweating occurs in about 1-3% of people, and usually starts in adolescence. It is not usually a serious problem to your health, but can interfere with your life. If you are having excessive sweating that interferes with your normal activities, talk to your nurse or doctor as they may be able to prescribe something to help.


B-Wise User oyintando 18 March 2016 16:36

I tried all the things listed below but still my frets smells and sweat

B-Wise Expert Expert 20 April 2018 15:14

Hi Oyintando, if you are still having excessive sweating and body odour that interferes with your normal activities, talk to your nurse or doctor as they may be able to prescribe something to help.



B-Wise Expert Expert 21 March 2016 00:34

Hi Oyintando, if you are still having excessive sweating and body odour that interferes with your normal activities, talk to your nurse or doctor as they may be able to prescribe something to help.