All of us are familiar with the unpleasant smell of body odor that is periodically present in ourselves and others. It is generally believed that sweat is the source of body odor.
Body odor is also a concern because it can be an indicator of serious medical issues like liver problems and diabetes.
The following is a brief explanation of what some particular body odors may say about your health
A fecal odor emanating from the body could be evidence of a bowel obstruction. This is a blockage that can take place in the small or large intestine and can signal the presence of a serious medical condition. These obstructions of the digestive tract can result in the poop-smelling breath that can become worse each time the person eats.
A smell that is bitter could be a warning that the liver is not properly functioning. Problems with the liver are serious issues that warrant a trip to the doctor. When the liver is not working correctly, a variety of peculiar odors can be produced. Damaged livers can also cause both nausea and digestive problems.
Two conditions, Trimethylaminuria and Fish Odor Syndrome, are known to cause the offensive odor of rotting fish. The excessive excretion of TMA is responsible for the fishy smell.
The smell can be present on the breath, in the urine, or in the sweat of the affected person. These conditions are genetic and usually make themselves known not long after birth.
A fishy smell can also be caused by excess proteins in the diet or the presence of certain types of bacteria. This syndrome is treated with dietary adjustments, acid lotions, and antibiotics.
A sweet smell that comes from the body could be a sign of diabetes. The cause could be an over-accumulation of ketones in the body’s bloodstream.
A sweet smell in urine could also indicate the presence of Maple Syrup Urine Disease. With this disorder, the amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine are not properly metabolized by the body
Rotten Egg Smell
When there is too much meat in your diet on a daily basis, you may develop a repulsive odor.This odor may remind some people of rotten eggs. This particular smell is caused by the high concentrations of amino acids that contain sulfur present in meat.
This is especially true with red meat. These amino acids cause no harm to the body but when not properly digested will cause a not too pleasant smell.
The body will recognize any alcohol that is consumed as a toxin and convert the substance to acetic acid. Approximately 90 percent of alcohol that is consumed is metabolized in this manner.
The remainder is excreted through urine, sweat, and respiration. The alcohol that is excreted is what causes the body to smell like a liquor distillery following a few drinks too many.
If you sweat excessively it may be a good idea to get checked for hyperhidrosis. Many people with this condition are otherwise healthy. Over sweating is usually the only consequence of hyperhidrosis but the condition can sometimes be a sign of health issues.