Body Odour and Ozone/Oxygen Therapy: A Potential Treatment Option.

Early clinical observation of some effects of ozone therapy on body odour has been noted. Some patients comment that they (or their partners) smell ozone following treatment sessions for a number of days. Some patients notice an improvement of some skin conditions with the intravenous use of ozone therapy, mainly those with underlying microbial causes, such as dandruff. The mother of a patient who underwent i.v ozonated saline therapy for 2 weeks noticed that his body odour has almost disappeared since starting ozone therapy. We postulate the following explanation for this phenomena, which has not been yet described in literature:

A major contribution of human smell comes from bacterial activity on skin gland secretions. Humans have 2 types of sweat glands: eccrine and apocrine sweat glands. Eccrine sweat glands are present from birth and is responsible for body temperature regulation. The sweat from these glands is normally odourless. The apocrine glands on the other hand become activated during puberty. Body odor is primarily the result of the apocrine sweat glands, which secrete the majority of chemical compounds that creat the odour. The skin bacteria metabolizes these compounds through an anaerobic (with no oxygen) fermentation process into odorous substances, like butyric acid, propionic acid and thioalcohol compounds. These molecules give the body odour its characteristic aroma.

A greater bacterial populations are found in the armpits and genital areas and their numbers and activity (and consequently the production of odourant substances) increase in situations that give optimal anaerobic conditions for the bacteria to thrive, such as in obesity.

We theorise that ozone byproducts excreted in sweat can have a direct antimicrobial effects on the skin bacteria, thus slowing he fermentation process and therefore improving the body odour.

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