why does my sweat smell like sour milk
Does the smell seem to come from a certain part of the body? There are a lot of different potential sources of stink. Funky clothes can be a culprit, too; there have been times when I've put on a clean-seeming shirt without realizing I'd worn and sweated in it previously, and within a couple hours I've warmed up the shirt's old stink. Might also be time to wash your bras if you haven't recently. Many women wear their bras a few times between washings - this is usually fine, but in hot weather they can absorb quite a bit of cleavage/underboob sweat. posted by at on July 12, 2011 [
Your sweat smells all sorts of nasty. 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-fiber foods, but your doctor can advise you on the best course of action. Your morning breath sends your husband 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. Or it smells like a bowl of fruit. 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, 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. If you can actually smell your pee, that's a 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. " Your vaginal discharge smells like fish. , 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 (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. " It kind of smells like something died in your 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 odor in a few days but in rare, extreme cases, it could lead to a bacterial infection and (a severe disease caused by staph bacteria). So if you notice the smell and are experiencing a high fever, contact your doctor immediately. I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Pretoria, South Africa I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Albuquerque, NM Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Beaverton, OR Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week. I feel better already! Thank you. Tracy, CA Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Lockesburg, AR You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. Tucson, AZ
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