Body odors can say a lot about our health. In fact, some diseases are characterized by producing a quite unusual smell, as confirmed by a recent Swedish study. Keeping this in mind, it would not hurt to be aware of our "fragrances" to know if we suffer any health problems that we do not know.
Here we show you 5 common body odors that could indicate a serious health problem:  Fruit breath – Symptom of diabetes
Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) refers to a decompensation of type diabetes mellitus I. Unlike chronic complications, this complication develops in a matter of hours and endangers the life of the patient.
When our body is not able to obtain energy from glucose due to lack of insulin, it begins to metabolize fat. As fats decompose, molecules known as ketone bodies form and accumulate in the blood and urine, which impart a fruity odor to our breath.
CAD is usually accompanied by other symptoms of diabetes such as fatigue, blurred vision or unexplained weight loss, although they do not always appear all at once, a fact that delays diagnosis and treatment.
If you perceive a certain fruit smell accompanied by any of these symptoms, especially fatigue, dryness of mouth, shortness of breath or abdominal pain, go to the hospital as soon as possible as recommended by the American Diabetes Association .
Stinky Feet – Athlete's Foot Symptom
Are you unable to stop the bad smell of your shoes? sports balls? Maybe a fungal infection is to blame for everything. If you notice dry feet, scars around the toes or redness and blisters, you may suffer from athlete's foot.
The bad smell of your feet may be caused by a combination of bacteria and fungi that erode the tissue of your feet. If you do not pay attention to this problem, the skin between the fingers becomes too soft and humid facilitating the entry of possible bacteria causing more complicated conditions such as cellulitis a bacterial infection of the soft tissues of the skin
There are currently antifungal sprays that should end the problem, if the fungal infection persists after two weeks, visit your doctor to receive more specific treatment.
Intense smell of the stool – Symptom of intolerance to lactose
When the small intestine does not produce enough of an enzyme called lactase, our body is unable to digest lactose, a sugar that is found in dairy products.
Being unable to digest it, our small intestine sends lactose directly. to our colon, where it ferments with the help of our intestinal bacteria. This can cause a very bad odor of stool, abdominal distension and very malodorous gases.
Lactose intolerance is quite common. In fact, it is estimated that 65% of people have problems digesting dairy products, although not all of them experience stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or farts and very foul-smelling stools.
If you notice that it smells particularly bad when You go to the bathroom after drinking a little milk, it is possible that you should pay a visit to your doctor. He will be able to diagnose the problem and rule out other intestinal problems such as Crohn's disease.
Strong smell of urine – Symptom of urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections can create a rather pungent, almost chemical odor. This happens after the bacterium Escherichia coli one of the most common gastrointestinal, blood and urinary infections, enters the urinary tract and the urethra. From there, the bacteria will reproduce in the bladder causing an infection.
UTIs are more common in women than in men because the channel of their urethra, the channel that drains the bladder, is more short. However, men often suffer urinary tract infections when there is some other problem that does not allow the bladder to drain, so a "simple infection" could be hiding bigger problems such as kidney stones, diabetes or enlarged prostate.
Bad breath – Symptom of sleep apnea
If your morning breath is strong enough, even if you brushing your teeth regularly, you may suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes the breathing to stop sporadically while we sleep
Sleep apnea can produce loud snoring causing us to breathe through the mouth throughout the night. This can cause our mouth to dry out, one of the main causes of bad breath. When our mouths are dry, bacteria that cause a bad smell will reproduce more easily.
If you have ruled out other possible causes of your bad breath, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Sleep apnea should be diagnosed and treated as soon as possible since it has been associated with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease if it is maintained long-term.
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