Body odor is a part of life. A lot of our bodily processes generate an odor of some kind. At times, it can be gross- sweaty armpits, flatulence, etc, and sometimes body odors can be quite weird. If you’re having weird body odors like fruity, or even chemically smelling scents, you should consider talking to a medical professional. After all, certain smells can be telltale signs of various problems. Some serious conditions are better treated the sooner they are noticed, so a smell just might tip you off and save your life- or at least improve the quality of it.
If you’ve for strange, fruity smelling breath, this could potentially be an indication of diabetes. Specifically, the fruity smells comes as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA. DKA is something that happens when the body is short on insulin. As a result, the blood sugar spikes dramatically. This is more typical for type 1 diabetic patients than for type 2 diabetic patients. However, during this occurrence, blood sugar is not the only thing that spikes. Ketones, which are acidic compounds also begin to build up in the blood as a result of the body converting fat to usable fuel.
Acetone is one of the ketones that ends up in the blood. You may recognize it as a component of nail polish remover. In any case, in excessive amounts, it is the acetone that makes your breath smell slightly fruity. Unfortunately, due to the way that our olfactory senses work, it’s entirely possible that you would not notice this change. Others might. Even if you don’t, other symptoms of DKA include frequent vomiting and urination, which can make it difficult to retain bodily fluids. Other diabetic symptoms include fatigue, dry mouth, and blurred vision. See a doctor if experiencing such symptoms.
If your shoes, socks, and feet constantly smell, even without strenuous exercise or exertion, it could be a matter of athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that can make your feet and other infected areas very uncomfortable. If when inspecting your feet, you see dry and scaly skin, redness, or blisters, these could be indicators of athlete’s foot. Other signs include pale grayish layers or dead skin, usually between the toes. This skin may also be moist, soft, and incredibly foul smelling. While athlete’s foot may seem like an annoyance, it sometimes can end up leading to complications.
One potential issue brought on by athlete’s food is cellulitis. This occurs when dangerous bacteria is able to infect the soft tissue of your skin. Ordinarily, the skin is too resilient for such infections, but athlete’s foot can make the skin more vulnerable, making it prone to infection. Fortunately, most of the time athlete’s foot is easily fixed by over the counter products. like Lotrimin or Tinactin work well. Doctors can help with more serious cases. To prevent initial (and recurrent) infections of athlete’s foot, try to keep your feet dry and well ventilated; fungi thrive in moist, warm environments.