In this article, the main subject is the human body. Whenever a discussion is opened about it, many people are understandably embarrassed to express their opinions, especially when the main topic is body odors.
In situations when a shower, a swipe of deodorant or a line of toothpaste won’t relinquish a distinctive body odor, you should most definitely not ignore it. As it is known, it can give you various clues about what might be wrong with your health.
Take a look at this list consisting of the serious signs these five body odors could be pointing to:
1. Sour breath
We all have a gross morning breath and we can still do nothing about it. Although, in cases when it literally stinks, something a little more extreme might be going on. The condition is called sleep apnea and it is a chronic disorder that makes you randomly start and stop breathing while you sleep. It causes dry mouth and is a very common cause of bad breath.
As a result of having your mouth hanging open, certain bacteria can more easily breed in your throat. Even worse, there are some kinds of bacteria that produce a sulfurous gas that ultimately results in giving your breath a rotten egg smell.
If you have got a sour breath, daytime sleepiness and snoring, you might consider checking with your doctor so you can find out if you might have it.
2. (Extra) Smelly Feces
Have you ever noticed a significantly bad poop-stink after eating dairy? If you have, you may be lactose intolerant.
Our small intestines produce an enzyme that breaks down lactose, a sugar found in dairy products. When a person doesn’t produce enough lactose, the small intestine will immediately send lactose straight to your colon instead of your bloodstream. Furthermore, the gut bacteria will ferment it.
Fermented lactose results in loose, foul-smelling stool and gas, as well as bloating.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 65 percent of people have trouble digesting dairy.
3. Putrid Pee
There are some times when your urine has an awful smell. If you haven’t been hydrated enough, then yes, it might have a particular stench.
But if there comes a moment when your urine’s smell is absolutely, you might have a urinary track infection (UTI). It produces a sudden chemical scent to the urine and is easily detachable because the other symptoms will immediately arise. You’d experience burning feeling, have a dark, cloudy urine and you’d need to pee very frequently as well as intensely.
A buildup of bacteria (typically E.coli) are responsible for the infection, which enters the urinary tract and urethra, then multiplies in the bladder, thereby causing the infection.
However, no need to worry. Although it is unpleasant, once identified it is very easily treatable.
4. Fruity Breath
Despite our subject of body odors, we had to also insert the fruity breath because it may be a sign of diabetes. One symptom is this particular kind of breath, that has a sweet, almost fruity like taste.
One of the complications of diabetes is known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). It happens when the body runs low on insulin, causing blood sugar to spike.
Often, people with Type 1 diabetes experience DKA compared with people suffering from Type 2 diabetes.
Since your body doesn’t create enough energy to function, it breaks down fatty acids for fuel. One of those acids named acetone, emits a fruity smell from your breath.
Other signs to watch for: people with DKA vomit and urinate frequently, which causes their body to dangerously lose fluids at a rapid rate.
5. Stinky Feet
If you notice that your shoes constantly smell, you might have athlete’s foot.
Besides the smell, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says you will also notice the skin on around your toes will be dry and scaly with redness and blisters. A combination of fungus and bacteria erodes the webs of skin between the toes, giving you the disgusting odor. You should be careful not to scratch your feet and immediately touch another part of your body because you can easily spread the fungus.
If left unchecked, athlete’s foot might develop into a more serious bacterial infection of the skin’s soft tissue that would cause even more problems.