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Does eating carbs cause internal body odor?

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Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
No: Poor hygiene, eating certain foods or being exposed to odors or substances in the air or water, plus bacterial overgrowth of the skin cause body odor.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

What can cause a sour body odor?

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Dr. Opeoluwa Eleyinafe
Internal Medicine 8 years experience
Different things: I'd like more information. Is this an odor that's been persistent, or just appeared recently? Is this an odor that only you're aware of, or other people have noticed? Do you have any other medical diagnoses (such as diabetes)? Barring common issues such as hygiene or diet changes, some causes of a new sour odor include hormonal imbalance or possible infection.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of body odor to form?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Bromhidrosis: The chief cause of body odor is a small bacterium which is said to be gram-positive. This bacterium grows in the axillary or arm pit regions of the body as well as the groin and other areas. Since it is the main culprit in bromhidrosis or as we commonly know it b.O., it is wiser to use a topical antibiotic that any of the other solutions available over-the-counter.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are some things that could be causing me to have body odor?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Stress: Eccrine sweat glands produce salty water to cool body when it's hot. Apocrine sweat glands produce a fatty sweat which causes odor when broken down by bacteria. Apocrine glands are found is hairy areas—scalp, armpits, groin.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Things you eat can cause this also, such as heavy garlic and other spices. There are also some illnesses which can produce odors -- and which your family physician can help rule out for you, if this continues into more worrying than comfortable.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of persistent body odor?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 51 years experience
Excess sweating or l: Excess sweating or lack of regular bathing are common causes of a body odor. Soetimes things that one eats can also cause an odor like garlic. Some people with certain metabolic diseases also secrete substances that have odors.

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