Chances are that at one time or another, you have been the one who stunk up the room. Whether it was after a grueling workout or because you had that onion-packed burger, in most cases a simple shower, a spray of deodorant, or brushing your teeth could be the remedy.
But in many other cases, it is not that simple!
Your body’s odor can speak volumes about your health. Diseases have their own peculiar smells, which can help you diagnose the problem and look for a solution. Let’s look at few such odors and their indications.
Body odor: Fruity breath, indicative of diabetes
Diabetes occur when the body runs low on insulin and the blood sugar spikes. As the body is incapable of creating enough energy, it begins to break down fatty acids for fuel. The rise of acidic chemicals called ketones can leave you with a fruity breath.
Body odor: Smelly poop, indicative of lactose intolerance
Many times the intestine doesn’t produce enough lactase that digests the lactose in milk and its products. When lactose goes directly to the colon, it gets fermented by the gut bacteria, causing foul-smelling stool, bloating, and smelly gas.
Body odor: Strong-smelling urine, indicative of urinary tract infection (UTI)
Pungent, almost chemical-like smell in the urine is a clear indication of UTI. More frequent in women, it is caused by bacteria that enter the urinary tract and urethra.
Body odor: Stinky feet, indicative of athlete’s foot
Often blamed on the shoes, socks, sweat and many such things, stinky feet could be due to a fungal infection of the skin. A combination of bacteria and fungus eroding into the skin gives the feet a foul odor. If not treated on time fungal infection can spread to other parts of the body like armpits and groin, and can get very irritating.
While the other smells are indicative of bigger problems and need proper medical attention, fortunately a fungal infection of the skin such as ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch can be treated in a timely manner by using topical medicated creams like Ring-Out.