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Body Odor Onion
When I sweat my body odor smells like onions. It's hard to work out in public places because of this. Frequent shower does no good. Help!
Onions: If you smell like onions you might be eating too many onions. Try cutting out onions and see if your sweat smells differently. ...Read more
See your doctor.: There are many possible causes for body odor in young children. Some are minor, but other causes can be potentially very serious. I recommend that you see your child's doctor as soon as possible to be evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more
Sweat: It's the volatile sulfurous substances, including one called allicin, in garlic and onions that cause their odor to linger on for hours after we eat them. Mint and tumeric also contain volatile compounds that our bodies release through our sweat. These compounds are absorbed into our blood and our lungs after digestion, giving us not only bad body odor but bad breath as well. ...Read more
It seems to me that body odour, especially from teenage boys smell like onion? Could it be hormones causing this?
Certainly...: When puberty starts hormones cause different changes and one of them is stimulation of the sebaceous glands which are responsible for the fluid( sebum) that mixes with the bacteria that inhabit the skin normally and produce the strong odor. ...Read more
Life/diet changes: Consider showering with a deodorant soap and using a deodorant or antiperspirant deodorant prior to your workout. Wear clean and dry socks and shoes. Avoid caffeine and foods with strong or pungent odors such as onions and garlic. Drink water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be kind: Your his friend so you need to tell him. Be direct. Let him know that you care about him and want the best for him but if you notice, others do too. Let him know this makes you uncomfortable but let him know this can be fixed. Usually it is just a hygiene problem solved by washing body and clothes more frequently and using deodorants. Sometimes there can be medical or dental cause. ...Read more
Find cause to RX: If your odor is caused by poor hygiene, you should be able to improve it by washing body, hair and clothes more regularly and using deodorants. Sometimes it can be from dental problems so if it seems related to the mouth, see your dentist. Sometimes it is related to what you have eaten/drunk so be careful to avoid strong-smelling things even alcohol. If these measures fail, see your doctor. ...Read more
Not identical: Dogs have very sensitive noses and can detect chemical compounds on the order of one part in a billion. That is why they can track by smell alone. Even identical twins probably won't smell exactly the same because smell also depends on what someone has ingested and it is unlikely that two people will eat/drink exactly the same things. ...Read more
Daily hygiene starts: With soap shower or bath, desoderant and/or antiperspirant. Some use talcum. Attention to feet may harbor fungi, and persistant issues in the private aeas may need medical investigation. All deoderants are similar. Sample and select. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My coworker has really bad body odor, how could a person go about letting them know without being crude?
Good Question: And it takes a delicate hand. People do not notice their own body odor. I have couple that have cats, and it is clear that they have no idea how much their clothes smell of cat urine.. Often, attacking the problem in a group are best. ...Read more
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