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Dr. Shiroko Sokitch
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
32 years in practice
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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!

Dr. Shiroko Sokitch
Board Certified, Holistic Medicine
32 years in practice
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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

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Body Odor (Definition)

Body odor is a symptom in which a person has a strong, undesirable odor usually coming from the mixture of sweat, bodily oils, bodily chemicals, and skin bacteria in the warmer, moist parts of the body. Babies and young children should have little or no body odor ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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My husband has this onion body odor but does not consume onions. Concerns me because he has diabetes and he regularly showers sometimes twice a day?

Dr. Bernard Seif
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
35 years in practice
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My husband has this onion body odor but does not consume onions. Concerns me because he has diabetes and he regularly showers sometimes twice a day?

Green drink powders: Does your husband drink a greens drink shake made from fruits and vegetables? That can do it also. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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How long does eating foods like garlic, onions, curry, affect your body odor?

Dr. Antoanella Calame
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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How long does eating foods like garlic, onions, curry, affect your body odor?

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

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Dr. Mark McGranahan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
19 years in practice
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Why would a 2 year old have body odor and what can you do for it? Smells like onions

Dr. Mark McGranahan
Board Certified, Pediatrics
19 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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It seems to me that body odour, especially from teenage boys smell like onion? Could it be hormones causing this?

Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Board Certified, Family Medicine
19 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
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What can I do to reduce body odor from exercising?

Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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What can I do to reduce body odor from exercising?

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 more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What causes bad body odor?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
20 years in practice
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What causes bad body odor?

Agree w Dr. Carlin.: There are also possible medical causes. Trimethylaminuria (TMAU), liver disease, renal disease & diabetes can cause body odor. ...Read more

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
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How do I tell my friend he ha body odor?

Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
837K people helped

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

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
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How can I stop having very bad body odor?

Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
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How can I stop having very bad body odor?

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

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
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Do any two people have the same body odor? Could dogs tell them apart?

Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
37 years in practice
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Do any two people have the same body odor? Could dogs tell them apart?

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

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