Officially, that crevice between your arms and your torso is known as the axillary region. But to most people, it’s simply known as…

Smell central…

If you have read The Germ Files, you know armpit aroma is caused by the various different types of microbes living on your skin. Depending on the species calling this area home, the scent may be mildly unpleasant to well…

stink2(You get the idea…)

Figuring out how to prevent those egregious emanations can be a challenge. Washing is obviously going to help although the effects may only last a few hours. Deodorants and antiperspirants offer some comfort yet they can falter over time and may end up making the situation worse.

But there may be hope for a sweet-smelling future thanks to a rather odd-sounding technique called…

drarmpit(Microbial Axillary Transplantation)

The concept comes from a researcher named Dr. Chris Callewaert, who is better known as Dr. Armpit (thus the name on the white coat above). Since 2013, he has performed close to 20 such transplants and has had great results in helping people deal with the caustic condition.

The technique is rather simple. Microbes are taken from a person who isn’t guilty of olfactory offenses, and placed into the armpit of another. The bacteria can then annex the axillary and reduce or even remove the fetid fragrance.

At the moment, Dr. Armpit seems to be the only person conducting this type of microbial ministration. But once he publishes his transplant technique in a scientific journal, the practice is sure to spread like…

leonard(Sweat on a stylish shirt…)

After all, we all know the importance of body odour. In our society, having an appropriate scent is both a social and a professional necessity. Not to mention, for those who are commuting to and from work or school…

armpit-worry(It’s common courtesy…)

To learn more about Dr. Armpit and the work he does, you can head over to his website: drarmpit.com. If you wish to get into detail on the procedure, you can read a rather thorough thesis on the topic here: Combatting body odor by the means of microbial transplantations.

 

 

 

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0070538

 

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