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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Smelly foot: Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot, which is a skin infection caused by a fungus, can also cause smelly feet. If you notice dry, scaly skin around your toes, redness, and blisters, you may have athlete’s foot, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). Other factors that can cause smelly feet include certain medications, some diseases, poor hygiene, harsh environments, wearing poor-quality shoes and over-wearing shoes.

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Smelly poop: lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to break down a type of natural sugar called lactose. Lactose intolerance is caused by a deficiency in the enzyme lactase in the inner lining of the GI wall.A person becomes lactose intolerant when his or her small intestine stops making enough of the enzyme lactase to digest and break down the lactose.

When your small intestine doesn’t produce enough of an enzyme called lactase, it can’t digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, says Ryan Ungaro, M.D., assistant professor of gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

So your small intestine directs lactose directly to your colon—instead of your bloodstream—where your gut bacteria ferment it. This can cause loose, foul-smelling stool, bloating, and smelly gas, Dr. Ungaro says.

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