Body odor may be a symptom of disease
Has anyone ever told you that you smell bad? Funky breath or stinky underarms can happen to anyone at any age. Whether you notice it or not, some body odors may point to a health problem. However, most breaths and body odor are normal. An internal medicine specialist at the NIH Clinic Center. Madeleine S. Deming, "Oral odor is usually caused by bacteria on the teeth and tongue," he explains.
Especially when you sleep while your mouth is open, it is normal if your breath smells a little in the morning. The dry mouth allows the bacteria to develop. Bacteria living in the mouth can make compounds containing sulfur. These compounds are particularly odorous. For example they can smell like rotten eggs or onions. If your teeth are not cleaned by brushing or using a mouthwash, it may be a sign of another problem. Over time, bacteria can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Decay and gum disease do not smell good. Both require dental excursions for treatment.
Other causes of bad breath odor can be sinus, throat or lung infection. These must also be treated by a health care professional. Your breath may also carry clues to the disease from other parts of the body. Because you're just breathing more than air. Your breath also contains a large number of compounds that go from your organs to your bloodstream toward your lungs. The breath that smells like fruit or smells like rotten apples can be a sign of uncontrolled diabetes.
Rarely, people can breathe badly because of organ failure. A person with renal insufficiency can breathe smells like ammonia or urine. Severe liver disease, breathing odor can cause mold or garlic and rotten eggs. Blood-borne compounds can also be released from sweat glands. This can make your underarms and your skin smell bad. It is normal for the compounds of the stress, sweat and odor to emerge through the thrush. But your underarms may smell of other causes. Both moisture and hair enable the bacteria to develop. These bacteria can make fragrant compounds. The bathroom, shaving and deodorant can help keep these smells under control.
As some diseases cause breath and body odors, NIH-funded researchers develop an electronic "nose" to help doctors identify them. This research is at an early stage. In the lab, scientists can already analyze odor components from their body. Dogs are trained to identify specific signs of cancer in breath samples. Deming says if you are concerned about a new or worsening body odor, "a visit to the doctor to evaluate is always the first step," says Deming. "Bad breath is judged by the best dentist."
Your dentist may examine your mouth for any indication of the problem. If you are concerned about body odor, your doctor can do a physical exam. If necessary, your doctor may recommend more tests. "It can be thought of as an experiment in avoiding the familiar foods that are known to cause body odor. In the rare case of body odor due to an underlying medical condition, treatment of this condition can also help manage the smell, "says Deming.
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