When you suffer from constant body odor what you want to do is get rid of it immediately. However, knowing the different causes of odors will help you avoid them and also help you know when you need to take health measures. It is important not to ignore body odor , as it could be giving a signal that something is not right and that something needs to be done to ensure that health is okay.

What your body odor says about your health

There are 10 body odors  that should be taken into account and that will help you protect your health, if you know how to identify it, for this we will mention what the causes of them may be.

1. Sweat that smells sweet

Most people can describe their sweat smell as either non-existent or salty, but if it starts to smell sweet, it will be advisable to inspect your skin and see a dermatologist.

A yeast or bacterial infection, usually affecting the skin, are the most common reasons why a person’s sweat might smell sweet . These conditions are easy to treat with a rapid course of medications, as long as they are caught early.

2. Sweet-smelling breath

If your breath feels sweet and fruity, this may indicate a very serious health problem that deserves immediate medical attention. This body odor is more common in diabetics and means that your body is burning fat and protein instead of glucose for energy.

This results in erratic blood sugar levels . You should get your blood sugar under control immediately and essentially reset your body.

If it is a question of the diagnosis of diabetes, with a rapid blood test that doubt can be settled, and in the case of requiring treatment, a qualified specialist will know how to guide you in the process, it is best not to waste time and begin to level glucose.

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3. Tampons with a lot of smell

This is more common than you might think, especially if you lead a busy life, it’s easy to forget that it’s time to remove a tampon. When a tampon is left in place for 24 hours or more, bacterial growth is allowed and this creates an odor that looks like something is rotting.

But if the tampon is left in longer, it can cause permanent damage that can affect fertility. In other cases, death is possible due to high levels of bacteria that ultimately lead to sepsis.

It is important to remove and replace tampons on a regular basis to avoid the mentioned complications.

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4. Bad breath

If your breath is bad in general and you can’t get rid of it, this may indicate sinusitis or poor oral hygiene . See a dentist for a thorough cleaning and if bad breath persists, see your general practitioner to treat sinusitis.

On the other hand, oral health care is always recommended, in order to avoid, in addition to bad breath, complications with teeth.

5. Very stinky flatulence

Flatulence usually has a smell that is not exactly pleasant, but if your flatulence is really stinky , this may indicate that your pancreatic enzymes are not doing their job.

The constant bad smell in flatulence means you have a problem with your digestive system that needs to be fixed. It would be advisable to consult a specialist and make sure you are chewing your food correctly so that your body does not have to work so hard to break it down and digest it.

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6. Bad smell in the feet

Your feet should smell like the rest of your body, as long as they are clean and healthy. However, some people develop athlete’s foot and this can make their feet smell horrible.

After washing your feet thoroughly with soap and water, make sure they are completely dry. It is also recommended to wear breathable shoes so that bacteria and fungi are not able to thrive.

There are topical medications that work to eliminate this problem very effectively, however, if you want natural solutions, you can check out these alternatives.

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7. Bitter and stale sweat

If your sweat has a musty odor , this may indicate a magnesium deficiency . Magnesium is a mineral that plays a very important role in a number of body functions, so if it is low, your body will not be working optimally.

A common way for someone to become magnesium deficient is by consuming too much sugar. If your sweat smells stale or bitter, see your doctor to have your magnesium levels checked and then start adding more magnesium-rich foods to your diet.

These foods include spinach, kale, and broccoli, among others.

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8. Fishy breath

Having fishy breath sounds as bad as the health problems it could indicate. This smell can indicate that you have a problem with your liver, including liver failure .

The liver is responsible for detoxification of the body, so this organ has to be in good working order or health will decline.

If you notice this fishy smell on your breath or breath, be sure to consult a specialist to evaluate your liver function, and rule out any other health problems, especially if that halitosis is persistent.

9. Strong-smelling urine

Urine usually smells fresh or does not have any harsh odor. However, if you notice a strong odor coming from the toilet after urinating, the most common reason is urinary tract infection .

Since this type of infection can become severe without treatment, it is advisable to have immediate treatment. You can drink cranberry juice on a regular basis to reduce the risk of future infections. But it is always advisable to consult a specialist to stop the infection.

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10. Sweet smelling urine

If your urine smells sweet , it often means you have high blood sugar. Your body is trying to get rid of excess sugar through urination. If you are not diabetic, consult your doctor for a diagnosis.

However, if you are diabetic, you must adjust your diet, and carry out daily checks on blood sugar levels in order to avoid the silent diseases that diabetes can bring when it is not controlled.

If you experience any of these body odors , now you will know more about why they occur and what you need to do to address them. Never ignore body odor as as you can see, it can tell us a lot about things that are happening to our health.

If you have body odor that won’t go away, make an appointment with your doctor to get to the root of the problem.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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