Your Body Odor May Signal Way More Than A Skipped Shower

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 26th June 2018
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Odors even vary between areas of our bodies. Unpleasant body odors are embarrassing, but they can happen to everyone. But body odor isn’t always caused by skipping a shower. Here is the list of various body odors and what they can mean.

Body odor

When a body gives off a scent others may find unpleasant, it is known as body odor. Anyone who has reached puberty can produce body odor, as this is when the apocrine sweat glands develop, which produce the sweat that bacteria can quickly break down. Men are more likely to have body odor, because they tend to sweat more than women.

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Bad breath: Sleep apnea

If your morning breath is consistently ripe—even if you brush your teeth regularly—you could be dealing with undiagnosed sleep apnoea, a disorder that causes your breathing to sporadically stop and start while you sleep. Raj Dasgupta, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California says, Sleep apnoea can lead to excessive snoring, causing you to breathe through your mouth throughout the night. This can make your mouth very dry, which is a common cause of bad breath.

Fruity breath: Diabetes

Diabetes patients often experience additional medical complications, including a sudden change in smell or body odor. Robert Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., a chief medical officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston says, Credit a complication of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when your body runs low on insulin and your blood sugar spikes.

If you notice the fruity odor on your breath along with any of those symptoms like fatigue, blurred vision, and unexplained weight loss especially if they are accompanied by fatigue, dry mouth, difficulty breathing, or abdominal pain, head to the emergency room as soon as possible.

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Fish odor syndrome: Trimethylaminuria

Fish odor syndrome is characterized by an offensive body odor and the smell of rotting fish due to the excessive excretion of trimethylaminuria (TMA) in the urine, sweat, and breath of affected individuals. It causes a defect in the normal production of an enzyme named flavin-containing monooxygenase 3 (FMO3). Without a significant amount of the enzyme, trimethylamine builds up, and has no where to go but out with bodily fluids, including in your sweat, urine, and even your breath

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