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Diseases That Cause Body Odor

By Contributing Writer ; Updated July 27, 2017

The human body is capable of causing a stink. This is normally due to bacteria that lives on and within us. Body odor is common among many diseases and conditions, such as liver or kidney problems, tumors of the mouth or stomach, cancer of the cervix, rotting teeth and periodontal disease, ketoacidosis and overactive thyroid. If you are suffering from bad body odor despite proper hygiene, it is definitely worth scheduling an appointment with your physician.

Body Odor and Illness

There are several conditions and diseases that may contribute to body odor. Liver problems can be inherited or occur due to a virus or from exposure or ingestion of chemicals. If liver problems are long-lasting, they can lead to serious complications. Unusual body odor and/or bad breath are a sign of potential liver disease. With liver disease, excessive sweating occurs. When the body produces a foul smelling odor resembling rotten eggs, it is a sign of liver problems or disease.

Another source of body order is the mouth, which houses more than 600 different species of bacteria, some of which cause disease. Food trapped in the teeth is one culprit of bad breath. As the foods also begin to digest, they absorb into the bloodstream and released through the lungs producing bad breath. Bad breath can also be a sign of a serious illness, such as periodontal disease.

Cervical cancer contributes to 34 percent of the cancers in women. Early detection of this disease can be possible if you are aware of the symptoms. With cervical cancer, unusual odors and/or discharge are a common symptom.

Ketoacidosis is a disease that occurs when diabetics fail to monitor and take care of the blood sugar. With ketoacidosis, a person suffers not only from a fruity bad breath but a pungent body odor also occurs.

Overactive thyroid glands also cause body odor. The thyroid gland causes a person to sweat. When it is working double-time, as with hyperthyroidism, the body will excrete excessive amounts of sweat even with little or no exertion. If you are experiencing an unnatural amount of sweat and body odor, it could be a result of an overactive thyroid.Basically, all the food you eat begins to be broken down in your mouth. As foods are digested and absorbed into your bloodstream, they are eventually carried to your lungs and given off in your breath.

Other conditions and diseases may result in body odor as well, however, these are the most common.


If you are experiencing unusual body odor, schedule an appointment with your physician. However, while you are waiting to be seen, there are a few strategies for controlling the unpleasant smells: Pour 1 cup of hydrogeine peroxide in your bath water. Wipe the area where the odor is coming from with white vinegar. Finally, in areas that heavy prespriation occurs, use baby or talc powder.

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