What Your Body Odor Says About Your Health

August 31, 2016  |  
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Most of us just worry about covering up our body odor, so we never let it linger enough to notice any changes in it. And since we know that body odor is pretty standard–anybody who doesn’t have it should, in fact, probably see a doctor–we don’t think it’s that weird if it’s a little different from one person to the other. But your body odor can also tell you a lot about your health. Your armpits are a hot spot for pheromone activity. In fact, some baby experts suggest that new moms rub their baby’s favorite toys on their armpits, to douse it in the comforting scent of their pheromones. So, with that in mind, your pits carry a lot of intel! Your sweat also carries plenty of information about what’s going on in your body. So even if you can’t stand the smell of your own body odor, take a second to pay attention to it–even if it’s just for a few seconds–each day so you can detect any changes. Here are things your body odor is telling you about your health.

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Feet you’re afraid to take out

Do your feet smell so terrible that you refuse to go to your friend’s house because she has a no-shoes-inside rule? You’re not taking those things out!
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What it means

Terribly stinky feet just mean that you don’t let your feet breathe enough. You mostly wear shoes that are too tight and trap bacteria. This won’t cause serious problems, but it can cause callous skin, itching, and rashes. And, it’s embarrassing.
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Sugar in the toilet

When you pee, does it smell like you just dumped juice into the toilet? It’s not necessarily an unpleasant smell, so a lot of people let it go undiagnosed.
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What it means

Unfortunately, sweet smelling pee can be a sign of diabetes. Your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to convert sugar into energy, so it sends it out in your urine stream.

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Your dog is following you

This isn’t necessarily a scent that you detect, but your pet does. Is your dog paying more attention to you than usual? Is he following you around, keeping an eye on you?
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What it means

Animals can smell stress. A human’s natural odor changes ever so slightly when they are under stress. So if you’re telling yourself everything is fine, but your dog is hovering over you, you’re probably emitting that stress stench.
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Bad breath that cannot be stopped

Do you suffer from absolutely insufferable breath that simply can’t be treated with mouth wash? Have you seen a dentist, and they say it’s not related to your oral hygiene?
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What it means

Relentlessly foul breath can be a sign of an infection of the sinus tissue called Sinusitis. It causes mucus to back up in the back of your throat, which can result in a terrible odor.
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A rotting downstairs

There are few things more mortifying for a woman than opening her legs just a little to notice a grotesque smell wafting out. But you showered, you keep it clean down there–how could this be?
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What it means

An awful stench coming from your va-jay-jay probably means that you leave your tampons in for too long, and this can lead to a heightened risk of toxic shock syndrome.
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Raw dough

Not sweet, chocolate chip cookie dough but more like sourdough bread dough. This is another smell that can arise from a woman’s nether regions from time to time.

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What it means

This probably means you have a yeast infection. If you smell yeast, you likely have yeast. This can typically be treated with an over the counter medication, but you should avoid staying in damp clothes or bathing suits to prevent a reoccurrence.
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Your partner loves it

Does your partner love the way you smell? Even first thing in the morning, when you think you smell gross? Does he say he wants to bathe in your odor?
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What it means

He’s hooked on you. Oh yeah–hooked real bad. When a man has a positive reaction to a woman’s pheromones like that, he bonds fast, wants to protect her, and usually has thoughts of impregnating her.
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Relentless pit stench

Do your pits smell no matter how often you reapply deodorant? Have you tried every powerful stick on the market, with no success?
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What it means

You might just need to shave! The more hairs you have under your arms, the more opportunity there is for bacteria to latch on. The bacteria sits there–outstaying your deodorant–and causes a smell.
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Relentless pit stench, with no hair

If you suffer from relentless pit stench, but you shave diligently, you might be a bit confused now.
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What it means

You could be overwashing the area. If you clean your pits too often and with strong soap, you can dry them out. This signals to your body that it needs to produce extra sweat, which can lead to extra odor.
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Funky pits

Do your pits smell a little bit like the dumpster area of a busy Italian restaurant? Like, it’s just not normal?
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What it means

You could be eating too many of the foods found in a busy Italian restaurant. Garlic, onions, and curry are known to boost BO in the pits. They’re also good for you, though, so it’s a toss up.

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