Smelly

Hi All,

It’s time to get a little real here.
I know that sweat itself doesn’t smell.
If this is news to you, it’s true.

Sweat doesn’t smell, but the bacteria on your body will break the proteins of sweat and cause a smell.

A few days ago, I was in a meeting and I was sweating a little more than usual.
I had another appointment soon after the meeting and was worried I wouldn’t make it out of the meeting on time.
When I was excused from the meeting early, I didn’t want to get up before everyone else because I had a feeling I was going to trail a bad scent.

So I stayed put until everyone left.
This experience just brings up something else that I and people with HH have to deal with.

I’m paranoid and self-conscious.
I don’t know if I really did smell, but my mind was telling me that I did.
HH really effects your mental state of being.

To try and help the smell, wear more absorbent fabrics. Cotton always works will for me.
It is also very important for people with HH to shower often (once a day is fine) and maintain good hygiene.
When I was younger, I would buy scented hair products and body sprays to mask the smells of my HH. I’m sure I put too much on all the time!
Now, I buy scent-free laundry detergent because I think the smell of HH mixed with scented detergent is worse!

If anyone has any other suggestions, please feel free to leave them!

Best,
Caryn

 

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