Body Odors You Should Not Ignore

woman covering her nose next to man with smelly armpits

Sometimes body odors are not just because you skipped showering the last couple of days. Your body odor speaks to your health. Many conditions and disease produce specific odors from your body. Here are a few odors you should be aware of, for your health’s sake.

Fruity Breath

This odor, also known as DKA, does not sound so bad right? Wrong. DKA stands for diabetic ketoacidosis, which happens when your body is running low on insulin. It is directly caused from a spike in your blood sugar, which is a result of low insulin. Your body isn’t able to create enough energy to function, so it breaks down fatty acids. This results in the creation of the acidic chemicals called ketones. One of the main acids in ketones is acetone. The increased levels of acetone in your blood causes the fruity smell on your breath. People who have type 1 diabetes are more like to experience this than people with type 2 diabetes. If you are concerned about fruity breath, make sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Many adults contract type 1 diabetes later in life. It can be caused from a poor diet, a genetic predisposition, and many other things. Many times the symptom of fruity breath is not recognizable by your friends or family, but your doctor will know right away. If you are worried you may have type 1 diabetes, make sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Stinky Feet

man holding a stinky shoeSure, stinky feet are normal after a workout, or on a hot day, but if you can’t seem to kick your stinky foot odor, there may be a problem. This odor could be from a fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. If you notice dry, scaly skin, blisters or redness, you should talk to your doctor about athlete’s foot. Sometimes, when you have athlete’s foot, the odor is not strong. When you are emitting a strong odor, it is usually a combination of bacteria and fungus. This combination is eroding in between your toes, causing that bad odor. This can be remedied with over the counter sprays. If you can’t seem to kick the smell, talk to your doctor about get a prescription medication to cure your athlete’s foot.

Smelly Poop

Yes, your poop is smelly, but if it is extra smelly, you may want to be concerned. Smelly stool happens when your small intestine is not producing enough enzymes called lactase. When your body is not producing enough lactase, you are lactose intolerant, hence the smelly stool. Your small intestine moves lactose into your colon, instead of letting it go through your bloodstream. This keeps your gut bacteria from being able to ferment the lactose. It can cause smelly, loose stool, gas, and bloating. Do not worry as lactose intolerance is extremely common. An estimated 65 percent of the world has issues digesting dairy. The intensity of lactose intolerance varies from person to person, but if you are concerned, talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent and treat lactose intolerance symptoms.

If your gut, or stool, is especially smelly after you down a glass of milk, you should talk to your doctor. Many people have no idea that they are lactose intolerant and only realize they have symptoms later in life, if ever. If you are always used to being a little gassy, then you may not ever realize it is because of milk. If you are concerned pay close attention to your dairy consumption and how your body reacts to it.

Smelly Urine

If your urine has a particularly strong smell, you may want to schedule a visit with your doctor. Strong smelling urine can be the result of a urinary tract infection. If your urine smells almost like chemicals, the probable cause is a UTI. A UTI is caused by bacteria entering your urinary tract. The bacteria are usually E. coli and can multiply in your bladder and cause infection. If there is anything blocking the drainage of your bladder, like bacteria buildup, you will get a urinary tract infection.

Even though UTIs are more common in women because of the difference of how our genitals are designed, men should still be concerned about contracting one. Most men ignore smelly pee because they do not think they can get a UTI and they are wrong. Men may be at less risk, but they are still able to contract urinary tract infections. If you have a strong smelling, almost chemical-like, urine, try over the counter products or talk to your doctor.

Bad Breath

man checking himself for bad breathBad breath sucks and it can be a sign of many diseases and conditions. One of the most common, but not thought about, conditions is sleep apnea. If your morning breath is continuously bad, even if you are brushing your teeth regularly, you could have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is when you are sleeping and your breathing stops and starts sporadically, basically, you stop breathing for short periods of time while you sleep. If you are an excessive snorer, this can be a sign of sleep apnea as well. When you snore, you are breathing through your mouth, causing a dry mouth, and bad breath. Bacteria is also better able to get into your mouth when you snore. A buildup of bacteria, anywhere, causes odor.

If you cannot think of any other reason why you may have bad morning breath, you are tired during the day, and a snorer, you may have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea should be diagnosed quickly as it can lead to diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you begin treating it earlier in life, you can spare yourself these conditions. If you are worried you may have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

If you are concerned about any of these odors, make sure to talk to your doctor as soon as possible.