7 body smells you should never, ever ignore
1.Your Sweat smells bad
First of all, let’s be frank: sweat is not a sweet-smelling scent, um, ever. But there are certain areas of your body—like your pubic hair and underarms – that naturally give off a stronger scent than your hair, chest, and back. So if you smell yourself in those “stronger” areas, don’t freak out right away – as long as things smell the way they normally do, you’re probably fine. That said, though, if you notice a strong, more foul, smell coming from those more subtle regions, pay attention. Scott Sullivan, MD, a professor of OBGYN at the Medical University at South Carolina, says a rancid scent could mean your body is struggling with digestion issues. “It’s rare, but it happens,” he says. It may just be a matter of changing up your diet and adding in more high-fibre foods, but your doctor can advise you on the best course of action.
2.Your morning breath runs your partner running
It’s not the sexiest thing in the world, but you may be snoring or sleeping with your mouth open. Those who do tend to have dry mouth, which typically lowers the flow of saliva in your mouth – and saliva is responsible for cleaning out food particles and protecting the teeth and gums from bacterial infection, says Alice Boghosian, spokesperson for the American Dental Association and practicing dentist in Chicago. If that’s the case, your dentist can prescribe an artificial saliva mouthwash to help fix the problem. If dry mouth isn’t the problem, have your dentist do a thorough checkup to rule out any dental health issues, like gum disease, which Boghosian says can be caused by plaque. Then head to your doctor, as bad breath could be a symptom of various medical conditions such as sinus or lung infections, bronchitis, gastric reflux, a tonsil infection, and even some liver or kidney diseases.
It smells like bowl of fruit
3.Just because it’s a more pleasant scent than say, garbage, doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods. In fact, if your breath smells like you just noshed on the entire grapefruit section of the grocery store, then head to your doctor immediately – it could mean you have diabetes, says Boghosian. According to the American Heart Association, getting too many calories from protein, which is usually the case for those eating low-carb, can result in not enough insulin in the body, and that forces us to start burning energy from our fat stores. When we burn energy from fat instead of insulin, it releases chemicals called ketones. “One of the signs that ketones levels are high is a fruity smell to the breath, and if that happens it can be very serious and dangerous to one’s health,” says Boghosian. “Consider this a major warning sign and make an appointment with your family physician.” Sullivan notes the scent could also be evident in the vaginal area, so if your partner notices it (Sullivan notes about 50 percent of his patients’ partners notice problems first) while he’s pleasuring you, that could be another warning sign.
smells in urine is problem
Normally urine is scent-less, or if it has a scent, it’s usually a very subtle, ammonia-like smell, says Sullivan. So if you get a big whiff without even trying – and it’s accompanied by pain, typically a burning sensation, when you pee – schedule a gyno visit. You could have a urinary tract infection (UTI) and will likely need to cycle through some antibiotics. If you don’t experience pain, though, check in with your diet, suggests Sullivan. “Urine smell is extremely variable, and could change a number of times over the course of a week – and that’s perfectly normal,” he says. “It could change by diet, like if you eat strong-scented foods like asparagus, or it could mean you’re dehydrated. Infected urine is usually associated with pain, so if that’s missing, rule out other variables first.”
vaginal discharge smells like fish
Having discharge alone is normal, yes. But having it come out clumpy or smelling like a trip to the raw fish market is not good, and it could mean a yeast infection, sexually transmitted infection (STI), or even chlamydia. As soon as you notice these symptoms, get to your gyno. Depending on your diagnosis, you’ll definitely need a course of treatment.
It smells sour down there.
“Most women have a very subtle, sort of acidic or vinegar-y odor, and it’s usually one you wouldn’t notice from a distance; you’d have to be very close up,” says Sullivan. But if you notice your scent has become strong – and it’s likely a fishy, sour, or even musty smell – that’s a telltale sign of bacterial vaginosis (BV), an inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria (usually gardnerella) normally found in the vagina. “It can happen to anybody, and we don’t understand all the ways it can happen – it could be anything from having sexual relations with a new partner to not getting enough sleep or exercise – but this foreign bacteria helps bad bacteria, like chlamydia, do it’s dirty work,” he says. “Treatment typically involves an antibiotic, either through a topical gel or oral medication, and can be cleared up within a week in most cases.”
Smells like something died in vagina
It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, we know, but it can happen. If that’s the case, it may mean that a foreign object (like a tampon, female condom or diaphragm) has been left in your vagina, says Sullivan. “That foreign object will start to attract bad bacteria, and that buildup is where the smell comes from,” he explains. Usually there won’t be a major problem – having your gyno take out the object should clear the odour in a few days – but in rare, extreme cases, it could lead to a bacterial infection and toxic shock syndrome (a severe disease caused by staph bacteria). So if you notice the smell and are experiencing a high fever, contact your doctor immediately.
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DEDICATED BY KAVINGNAR THANIGAI.