It is quite common to smell bad after a long day at work, exercising or rushing somewhere. However, according to an American doctor, there should be cause for alarm if we smell four specific body odors, writes Dr. Jennifer Caudle tried to explain when the smell is not only an integral part of the human being.
“There are many perfectly normal body odors. I’m not saying all body odors are bad,” she noted. “These are the four to pay attention to,” added the doctor.
Who does not wake up in the morning with stale breath? But if your bad breath persists even after brushing your teeth and you notice it more often than usual, Dr. Caudle says it’s worth seeing a doctor. “Bad breath that just won’t go away shouldn’t be ignored,” she said.
“We ask if someone has bad oral hygiene, but the truth is that bad breath that doesn’t go away can actually be caused by other things,” she added. The doctor listed several conditions that can cause a musty oral cavity:
- acid reflux,
- chronic sinus infections,
- dry mouth and insufficient saliva production,
- some medicines.
Saliva helps control the level of bacteria in the mouth and washes away acids from around the teeth and gums, so dry mouth can cause a number of oral health problems. Bad breath can be a symptom of mouth cancer in some cases.
To check the smell of your breath, you can floss towards the back of your mouth and then sniff, or gently scratch your tongue with a soft toothbrush and then sniff.
“Again, it’s unrealistic to expect your vagina to smell like a bed of roses. But a fishy smell emanating from your panties could be a cause for concern,” said the doctor. She explained that this could be a sign that you have bacterial vaginosis (BV), an imbalance of bacteria that may need to be treated with antibiotics.
Dr. Caudle explained that in addition to a fishy odor, it can cause:
- unusual vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell, especially after sex,
- a change in the color and consistency of the discharge, for example, gray-white, thin and watery.
Your urine will never smell nice. But particularly smelly urine can be a sign of a urinary tract infection in both men and women. “If your urine smells strange, get it tested,” recommended by the doctor. A urinary tract infection is usually caused by bacteria from feces that enter the urinary tract.
Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include:
- pain or burning sensation when urinating,
- the need to urinate more often than usual and during the night,
- the need to urinate more urgently than usual,
- urine that appears cloudy
- blood in urine
- pain in the lower abdomen or pain in the back, just below the ribs,
- high temperature or a feeling of heat and shivering,
- very low temperature below 36 degrees Celsius.
If you have these symptoms, you should see a doctor.
“If you have a wound or a cut anywhere on your body that smells weird, the drainage smells weird, I’m afraid it might be infected,” explained the doctor and recommended a visit to the doctor.