Whether you just went through a gruelling workout session or you just consumed a large bulb of onions, chances are there has been a time that you’ve been the person responsible for the stinky odour in the room.
A lot of the times, taking a shower, spraying a deodorant or brushing your teeth can remedy the situation. All these are however not enough in other situations because your body odour can indicate certain health conditions.
As a matter of fact, some diseases produce unique and distinct smells. You may wonder which fumes you should pay attention to, here are five common body odours that might signal a serious health condition and what you should do about the stench.
Smelly Feet And Athlete’s Foot
If you have difficulty fighting off a funky and smelly whiff from your shoes, you may have a fungal infection. More so, if you have dry, scaly skin around your toes, redness, and blisters, there’s a possibility you have athlete’s foot.
The funky smell maybe caused by a combination of bacteria and fungus eroding into your skin and toe webs and if you scratch your feet and then touch another part of your body, you can spread the fungus to other areas of your body, like your groin or armpit which can cause an odour to form in those areas too.
Ignoring this condition can make your toe webs excessively soft, so much so that they become an entry point for bacteria and result in a complicated situation known as cellulitis. Antifungal sprays can do the job but it’s best to see a doctor to prescribe more targeted treatment.
You can protect yourself by wearing shoes in the gym and using talcum powder to keep your feet dry if you have sweaty feet.
Bad Breath And Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes your breathing to sporadically stop and start while you sleep. If you have bad breath especially in the morning, despite the fact that you brush your teeth regularly, you could be dealing with sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea can lead to excessive snoring, causing you to breathe through your mouth throughout the night. This usually makes the mouth dry, causing bad breath. This allows bacteria to thrive in your mouth and when some types multiply, they produce sulphur gas which can make your breath smell like rotten egg.
Once you’re diagnosed, your doctor can recommend a continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP). The device looks like a mask that rests over your nose and mouth and it helps your airways open while you’re asleep.
Smelly Poop And Lactose Intolerance
The failure of your small intestine to produce the enzyme, lactase, inhibits your body from digesting the sugar lactose which is commonly found in dairy products. This cause the small intestine to direct lactose into the colon instead of the blood stream where fermentation takes place.
This usually results in bloating, smelly gas, loose and foul-smelling poop.
The complications of lactose intolerance however varies from person to person which may include nausea, cramps, diarrhea and vomiting alongside the foul-smelling farts and stool.
You can see a doctor to recommend the amount of lactose your body can take per day or prescribe a Lactaid pill, which contains the lactase enzyme and allows you to digest dairy within 45 minutes.
Fruity Breath And Diabetes
A complication of diabetes is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when the body runs low on insulin and the blood sugar levels increases.
When the body can’t create the energy it needs to function properly, it may begin to break down fatty acids for to complement. This results in a build up of ketones in the blood and acetone (the same component found in nail polish remover) which is responsible for leaving the characteristic fruity smell on the breath.
This is more common in people with Type 1 diabetes more than those with Type 2 diabetes do.
DKA can cause sufferers to vomit and urinate frequently, causing the body to lose fluids at a dangerous rate and it occurs with other symptoms of diabetes, like fatigue, blurred vision, and unexplained weight loss. If you have a number of these symptoms, it’s best to head to the hospital.
Strong-smelling Urine And Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can produce pungent urine which happens when bacteria such as Escherichia coli, enters your urinary tract and urethra. Then, they multiply in your bladder, causing an infection.
UTIs are more frequent in women than men because their urethra, or tube that drains the bladder is shorter. If you notice that your urine smells odd, check into a hospital to have your urine tested.