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What Causes Breath To Smell Like Mothballs
Urinary odor: Urinary odor can be a caused ingested foods (asparagus, onions, garlic, etc) , infection, metabolic illness (diabetes, inherited disorders). Try eliminating onions from your diet. If the odor disappears, then the cause is likely onions in the diet. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Interesting question: You almost certainly have thiamine deficiency. Thiamine, also known as vitamin B1 plays an important part in protein metabolism. A defect in this metabolism results in the production of a substance in the body which is excreted in the sweat and the urine and smells like maple syrup. Stop all forms of sugar and alcohol and obtain high dose thiamine from the health food store. ...Read more
Bacterial metabolism: Certain foods are metabolized in different ways by the normal bacteria that live in your colon. This metabolism permits further processing of the food to give you additional nutrients. The bacteria release different organic acids based on the food and the species of bacteria. These acids are released as a gas and have distinctive odors. ...Read more
Bad food..: Eating rotten food or rotten eggs would do it. But, it is not always something concerning. Everyone burps, its natural, and they dont always smell the best. ...Read more
May be infection: You may have infection, but you need to clarify your source which is what part of body. You need evaluation. ...Read more
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I think i'm smelling things that aren't really there? Gas, cigarette smoke, rot, etc. Really unpleasant scents. Could this be linked to my anxiety?
Difficult question: There are multiple things that may cause you to smell things that aren't really there. These would be called olfactory hallucinations. You don't list any medications for your anxiety or any other condition -- so it's hard to know about any possible side effect contributions. Some seizure types can cause these -- "uncinate fits" preceding temporal lobe seizures, for instance. See your doctor! ...Read more
Poor oral hygiene: is #1 cause for a bad breath. Breath that smells like ammonia or urine or has a fish smell can be a sign of chronic renal failure or helicobacter pylori gastritis. I don't think it is the case. See your PCP for evaluation and labs or your dentist for a professional cleaning and prophylaxis. ...Read more
Flatus: Bacteria in the colon help digest the contents; if the food remains in the colon longer than usual, a stronger odor may result. Also, certain foods are rich in sulfur compounds (eggs, onions, broccoli, etc) which, when acted upon by bacteria can produce bad smelling wind. Sometimes, eating parsley or watercress or other chlorophyll-containing herbs can lessen the odor, as can charcoal capsules. ...Read more
Body odor: I am not sure why that is happening but for starters you must see your doctor soon to work on this. I hope family and friends are not complaining about you or avoiding you. ...Read more
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