Apart from the fact that it makes people uncomfortable around you, having body odour can be a sign of serious medical problem.
Body odour comes in all smells – whether it be pungent from that garlic mayonnaise you lathered over your sandwich at lunch or lovely from that spritz of perfume.
Sometimes they are pleasant, and more often than not they are not so nice.
However, while we may think odours are a natural part of life, here are five that could point to something a bit more sinister.
1. Smelly feet could be a sign of Athlete’s Foot
If you can’t stand the smell of your feet when you take off your sneakers or any of your shoes, this is not a good sign.
A fungal infection may to be blame for the rancidity. If the smell is coupled with dry skin around your toes along with redness and blisters, you may have athlete’s foot.
This odour would be caused by a combination of bacteria and fungus eroding into the webs between your toes. If ignored, the skin between your toe webs become excessively soft and an easier point for bacteria to enter.
If you have never experienced a UTI, count yourself lucky. UTIs are decidedly the worst.
A UTI happens when bacteria gets into your bladder through your urethra and multiplies, causing the lining of your urinary tract to swell up.
The symptoms that follow are constant urges to urinate, pelvic pain and a burning sensation when you pee. Their pee also has a stronger smell.
While UTIs are more common in women than men, both sexes can get them. When you do get a UTI you need to see a doctor right away as it could lead to a kidney infection or be a sign of kidney stones or diabetes.
3. If your breath smells fruity, this may be a symptom of Diabetes
When your body runs low on insulin, causing your blood sugar to spike this can cause diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication of diabetes.
The reason for the fruity breath is because the body cannot create the energy it needs to function properly and so it begins to break down the fatty acids to use as fuel. This causes acidic chemicals called ketones to build up in your blood and one of these acids – acetone – can cause the fruity smell of your breath.
4. Lactose Intolerance may be the reason why your poop smells
Lactose intolerance occurs when someone has the decreased ability to digest lactose – a sugar found in dairy products – because their small intestine doesn’t produce enough of an enzyme called lactase.
An estimated 65% of people have trouble digesting dairy according to the US National Institute of Health and this can cause smelly gas and poop along with stomach cramping, nausea and diarrhoea.
5. Bad breath? You might have Sleep Apnea
If you consistently brush you teeth, yet your morning breath is still something to beheld, you may have undiagnosed sleep apnea. This is a disorder that can cause you to sporadically stop and start breathing while you sleep.
Symptoms of sleep apnea include loud, persistent snoring, waking up with a sore throat, stopping breathing followed by a gasping sensation and lack of energy during the day.
Because of the dry, sore throat, this can allow bacteria to breed and when specific strains of bacteria multiply, they produce a smell akin to a rotten egg.