Estos son los olores de tu cuerpo que no debes ignorar
Body Odors You Should Never Ignore

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Por Alisa Hrustic

Es completamente normal que en algún momento las personas desprendan un mal olor, sobre todo cuando realizan actividades físicas de alto impacto, sin embargo, hay olores corporales que no quitan con una simple ducha.

Esto puede significar que hay alguna enfermedad y por ende lo mejor es acudir con un especialista. A continuación te mostramos cuales son esos olores que no debes ignorar.

¿Aliento dulce?
Aunque suene extraño, un olor dulce o frutado en el aliento puede ser un signo de cetoacidosis, una complicación aguda de la diabetes, explica el sitio Healthline. Cuando no puedes producir insulina, tus células no reciben la glucosa que necesitan. Para compensarlo, tu cuerpo quema grasa. Este proceso produce cetonas y eso provoca el aliento frutal o dulzón.

Pies olorosos
El pie de atleta es una enfermedad de la piel causada por un hongo que suele ocurrir entre los dedos de los pies, explica el sitio de la Asociación Americana Podológica. ¿Uno de los síntomas? Muy mal olor en los pies, según WebMD.

Excremento muy oloroso
Es normal que no tengan un olor agradable. Sin embargo, si presenta un olor pútrido, peor de lo normal, puede indicar un serio problema de salud, ya que en muchos casos ocurre debido a los alimentos que comen las personas y las bacterias presentes en su colon, detalla el sitio Healthline.

¿Qué podría indicar? Intolerancia a la lactosa y enfermedad celíaca, entro otras cosas. La orina, también. Normalmente, la orina es de color claro y poco olorosa. En cambio, cuando tienes una infección del tracto urinario debido a una bacteria, su olor es fuerte y el color intenso, aclara el sitio Medicine Net.

Mal aliento
Cualquier condición que seque los tejidos de la boca y evite que la saliva lave las bacterias fomenta el mal aliento. ¿Algunas posibilidades? Apnea del sueño y asma, según el sitio US News Health.

El mal aliento también puede ser señal de una enfermedad periodontal, como sangrado o encogimiento de las encías y dientes blandos, según Healthline.

Secreción vaginal intensa
Si crees que es un poco más olorosa de lo normal, podría significar que tienes una infección vaginal provocada por un virus o una bacteria, según WebMD.

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By Alisa Hrustic

Because these smells can signal more than a skipped shower

Whether you’ve just completed a grueling workout or chowed down on an onion-packed burger, chances are, at one time or another, you’ve been that guy who stunk up the room. In most cases, a simple shower, swipe of deodorant, or line of minty-fresh toothpaste could remedy the situation. But in other cases, it’s not so simple.

That’s because your body odor can actually speak volumes about your health. In fact, some diseases can actually produce a unique, distinguished odor, according to a recent Swedish study.

So which funky fumes should you take note of? Here are common body odors that might signal a serious problem—and what you should do if the stench arises.

BODY ODOR: FRUITY BREATH IS A SYMPTOM OF DIABETES
Credit a complication of diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when your body runs low on insulin and your blood sugar spikes, says Robert Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. People with type 1 diabetes generally experience it more than those with type 2 diabetes do.

Here’s what’s happening: Your body can’t create the energy it needs to function properly, so it begins to break down fatty acids for fuel. This creates a build up of acidic chemicals called ketones in your blood. One of the main acids—acetone (the same component found in nail polish remover)—can leave a fruity smell on your breath, Dr. Gabbay says. You might not notice it until someone else mentions it, but doctors can smell it on you as soon as you walk into a room.

The effects of DKA can be serious—even deadly. It can make you vomit and urinate frequently, causing your body to lose fluids at a dangerous rate, he says.

DKA generally occurs with other symptoms of diabetes, like fatigue, blurred vision, and unexplained weight loss, but in many cases, people don’t put them all together, which delays diagnosis and treatment. So if you notice the fruity odor on your breath along with any of those symptoms—especially if they are accompanied by fatigue, dry mouth, difficulty breathing, or abdominal pain, head to the emergency room as soon as possible, the American Diabetes Association recommends.

BODY ODOR: STINKY FEET IS A SYMPTOM OF ATHLETE’S FOOT
Can’t seem to fight funky sneakers? A fungal infection may be to blame. If you notice dry, scaly skin around your toes, redness, and blisters, you may have athlete’s foot, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

Your feet might also emit a foul odor, caused by a combination of bacteria and fungus eroding into your skin and toe webs, says Cameron Rokhsar, M.D., associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Plus, if you ignore athlete’s foot, the skin in between your toe webs becomes excessively soft and moist, making it an entry point for bacteria, he says. You can develop more complicated conditions like cellulitis, a bacterial infection of your skin’s soft tissue.

So if you’re experiencing symptoms, try an over-the-counter antifungal spray like Lotrimin or Tinactin. If the problem continues to persist after two weeks, your doctor can take a closer look and prescribe a more targeted treatment, suggests the APMA.

BODY ODOR: SMELLY POOP IS A SYMPTOM OF LACTOSE INTOLERANCE
When your small intestine doesn’t produce enough of an enzyme called lactase, it can’t digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, says Ryan Ungaro, M.D., assistant professor of gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

So your small intestine directs lactose directly to your colon—instead of your bloodstream—where your gut bacteria ferment it. This can cause loose, foul-smelling stool, bloating, and smelly gas, Dr. Ungaro says.

Lactose intolerance is fairly common: In fact, an estimated 65 percent of people have trouble digesting dairy, according to the National Institutes of Health. But the reaction—including painful stomach cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, as well as smelly farts and poop— can vary from person to person, says Men’s Health nutrition advisor Alan Aragon, M.S.

For most people, though, it only takes 12 grams of lactose—about 8 ounces of milk or a cup of ice cream—to set off unsettling symptoms, he says.

BODY ODOR: STRONG-SMELLING URINE IS A SYMPTOM OF A URINARY TRACT INFECTION
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can produce pungent, almost chemical-smelling urine, says Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., a urologist at Orlando Health. This happens after bacteria, most commonly E. coli, enters your urinary tract and urethra. Then, they multiply in your bladder, causing an infection.

UTIs are more frequent in women than men because their urethra—the channel that drains the bladder—is shorter. So men often ignore their smelly pee, since they figure they’re not at risk of one.

Not so: “Usually, men get infections if there’s something not allowing their bladder to drain” Dr. Brahmbhatt explains.

BODY ODOR: BAD BREATH IS A SYMPTOM OF SLEEP APNEA
If your morning breath is consistently ripe—even if you brush your teeth regularly—you could be dealing with undiagnosed sleep apnea, a disorder that causes your breathing to sporadically stop and start while you sleep.

Sleep apnea can lead to excessive snoring, causing you to breathe through your mouth throughout the night. This can make your mouth very dry, which is a common cause of bad breath, says Raj Dasgupta, M.D., assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California.

This allows bacteria to breed more readily—and when certain kinds multiply, they produce a sulfurous gas that can give your breath a rotten egg smell.