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What can cause a sour body odor?

What can cause a sour body odor?

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.

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When I wake up in the morning I have a sour body odor. What might be causing it?

When I wake up in the morning I have a sour body odor. What might be causing it?

Food you ate: Often, the food you eat can be smelled through your skins pores, especially if they are high in spices, etc. Try to play detective and note if you are eating anything differently that would make your sin emit odors. Best wishes.

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What causes sour body odor in groin area and under breasts?

Probably fungal: Infection. Both those areas are dark and can be moist. Giving way to fungal growth and foul odor. Keep area clean and dry. Use anti fungal cream and powders to help the area heal. Call your doctor for proper medication.

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Why do I have sour body odor under my breasts and in groin area no rash or itching?

Why do I have sour body odor under my breasts and in groin area no rash or itching?

Can't say, Try this: Add bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) of soda to your bathing routine. Douse it liberally over areas of concern. Rinse throughly. Repeat. Consider massaging wet skin with a thin coating of sesame oil which is naturally antibiotic. Dry throughly. After a week of this daily routine, if the condition continues, add a gentle soap like Dr. Bronner's peppermint, or almond or lavender. Enjoy your softer, sweet-smelling skin.

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Which medical condition might cause someone to have a sour-yeast-like body odor?

They: May have a yeast infection. Or it may be something they ate or drank or a medication that makes them smell that way.

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What causes body odor?

Sweat: It is acted on by skin bacteria to produce b.O. The only treatment is good hygiene.

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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.

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How do I decrease body odor?

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.

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How can I control my body odor?

How can I control my body odor?

Can be: Caused by poor body hygiene or secondary to food or medication you ingested. Also, make sure that you're not the only one who smells the odor before initiating an investigation.

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I have body odor after showering?

I have body odor after showering?

Use...: Unscented anti-bacterial soap, under arms, center of chest, crotch, rear. I realize there is some controversy about superficial anti-microbials, but no argument against them has stood up. You should have less odor.

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How can I handle excess body odor?

Daily soapy showers: Body odor is caused by bacterial breakdown of sweat in skin fold areas, such as your armpits. Shower daily with antibacterial soap, and use an antiperspirant to reduce sweat production.

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Is there a diet to reduce body odor?

Is there a diet to reduce body odor?

Perhaps: If your diet is rich in foods like garlic, onions, etc. And other pungent foods then eliminating these may help. If your odor persists and your diet is ok then you might want to to see your doctor and get tested for any metabolic abnormalities.

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What are good ways to reduce body odor?

B.O.: Wash more frequently and use an antibacterial soap. If regular deodorant does not solve the problem, consult a dermatologist. Use a topical antibiotic which works very well in most cases. The problem really is due to a certain type of bacteria eliminated early with with topical antibiotics. If you use regular deodorant use it only at night!

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Canexcessive showering cause body odor?

No: They can't as long as the water is clean and your towel isn't mildewed.

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What is the best way to cure body odor?

Bromhidrosis: Body odor or bromhidrosis is a very difficult problem. The first thing to diagnose is whether about the odor is really there. Often, the patient feels that he or she smells bad, but objective observers do not believe this is the case. Since body odor generally results from sweat glands in the armpits and groin, these areas can be treated to eliminate bacteria which caused the odor. Dermatologists.

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How do I tell my friend he ha body odor?

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.

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How early is to early to have body odor?

Can start very early: Body odor, aka bromhidrosis, is caused by several components of the skin flora, most commonly corynebacterium, propionibacteria, and staph aureus. If persistent in spite of deodorants, it can usually be managed with a topical antibiotic known as clindamycin. While body odor is more common starting around 9 years of age, it is well-documented in children that are much younger.

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Is there a safe way to reduce body odor?

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.

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How can I stop having very bad body odor?

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.