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Why does my sweat smell like sour vinegar? I sweat a lot during the night, but I never use too. Should I be worried?

Why does my sweat smell like sour vinegar? I sweat a lot during the night, but I never use too. Should I be worried?

Many possibilities.: Sweat can smell like whatever you have been eating. Some vitamins and medications can do it too. Or if you have diabetes, that can do it. Certain types of bacteria can also break down sweat into proprionic acid, which has a similar structure to acetic acid (the acid found in vinegar). If dietary change and stopping/changing medications doesn't solve the problem, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell like viniger when I wake up?

Why does my sweat smell like viniger when I wake up?

Not really.: You may try taking around 2000 mg. Of vitamin c per day. This sometimes helps. ...Read more

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My sweat smells like vinegar when I wake up after sweating during night. Is it anything serious?

My sweat smells like vinegar when I wake up after sweating during night. Is it anything serious?

Vinegar swell: Most likely it I just your sweat. A light sweat can have sort of a vinegary, mild acid odor. After the time it gets stringer, starts smelly fishy, then gets really foul. Make sure you wipe you sweat off after all exercise. Some people just sweat at night (colds, medications, certain diseases, over-bundled). Wipe it off, use a deodorizer, and see if it comes back. It does not sound like a disease. ...Read more

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I sweat horribly in my sleep, bad enough that I wake up drenched. For the past year, my sweat reaks like vinegar. Why so much sweat? And the smell??

I sweat horribly in my sleep, bad enough that I wake up drenched. For the past year, my sweat reaks like vinegar. Why so much sweat? And the smell??

More detail needed..: There are so many variables... what is the air temp of yoursleeping area, what type of bed covers, what is your diet, what is your BMI, what other medicines, what other health issues? The odor could be the result of skin bacteria working on sweat chemicals. Sweatting is also a way the body can rid itself of toxins, hence the value of sauna therapy for detoxification. Consult with a Endocrinologist ...Read more

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Sweat smell like vinegar...Esp. Btw breast I am 56 & had a hysterectomy 5 years ago

Dr. David Kam Dr. Kam
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Sweat smell like vinegar...Esp. Btw breast I am 56 & had a hysterectomy 5 years ago

Propionic acid: It is present in sweat and chemically similar to Acetic Acid (vinegar). ...Read more

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For about a month now I've noticed that y sweat smells really sour like vinegar. Is this normal? What could cause this?

For about a month now I've noticed that y sweat smells really sour like vinegar. Is this normal? What could cause this?

Fermentation: The only time I have seen this happening is if you have fungal infection in your body. Certain fungus ferments the sweat or other body fluids. Seek MD help. ...Read more

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My sweat smells like vinegar when im sleeping. My sheets are wet and smell every morning. What is this from?

My sweat smells like vinegar when im sleeping. My sheets are wet and smell every morning. What is this from?

Depends...: Certain medication and medical condition will do it. Typhoid, TB can do it....it is uncommon. Hyper hydrosis.......can occur but will affect you RTC. Hee PMD get evaluated. ...Read more

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My 2yr old daughter's sweat smells like vinegar and she sweats a lot, even out of the bath, should I have her tested?

My 2yr old daughter's sweat smells like vinegar and she sweats a lot, even out of the bath, should I have her tested?

Consult a specialist: There are a number of metabolic disorders that cause unusual body odors. Some of them can be treated by a change in the diet alone. I would recommend having your child seen by a geneticist who specializes in these rare conditions to see if further work-up is warranted. ...Read more

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My body odor smells like vinegar am I acidic?

My body odor smells like vinegar am I acidic?

Not 'acidic': 'pop' claims about 'acid' and 'alkaline' body types are totally made up. Certain bacteria that some people have degrade certain products in your sweat to certain short-chain fatty acids that have a vinegar smell. Shower a few times a day and this will probably help. ...Read more

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Why do some people smell like vinegar when they wake up?

Morning breath: Body odor can build overnight from a variety of causes including perspiration and bacteria build up both on the body and in the mouth. ...Read more

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After sleeping when I wake in the morning I smell like vinegar. What is wrong with me?

After sleeping when I wake in the morning I smell like vinegar. What is wrong with me?

Propionobacteria: These are present on the skin and break down Amino Acids present in the sweat glands in to propionic acid or propanoic acid. These are similar to Acetic Acid and smell like vinegar to some people. There is nothing wrong with you. See a dermatologist if you are seeking a way to rid yourself of this odor. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell like garlic?

Why does my sweat smell like garlic?

Have you: Been eating garlic-flavored or spicy foods? You sweat will often smell like the food/drink/medication you have ingested. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell like baked potatoes?

Sweat smells: Eveyone's smells different. What do others think it smells like? ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell like pee & what can I do to stop it from smelling like that?

Why does my sweat smell like pee & what can I do to stop it from smelling like that?

Not sure: ? High ammonia levels in the sweat makes it seem like it smells like urine? . See your dr and get some labs drawn. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell like ammonia? I'm a vegetarian, and my last physical was normal. But the smell keeps getting stronger. Too much protein?

Smell: I don't know why that is happening, nor do I know that you have discussed this with your doctor. If you have not - make another appointment. If you have - see another doctor. Ask your friends which doctor they like and trust. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell very bad? What is the reason behind this?

Sweat: Sweat can smell very bad - sorry!
Please contact your primary doctor for further advice - he/she will be able to help you! ...Read more

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Why does my sweat smell worse when I eat more protein?

Metabolism: Different foods and food groups will often be emitted through pours in the skin. A perfect example is the cooking oils and spices often used in different cultures that can make a person smell like curry or common indian cuisines. Different foods can cause different odors...The easy remedy is to play detective, and food that make you have an odor can be avoided, or you can use perfumes. ...Read more

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What will cause your sweat/body odor to smell like maple syrup?

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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What could cause your sweat/body odor to smell like maple syrup?

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

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If I eat a lot of garlic and onions will my sweat smell?

Yes: Garlic, particularly, is excreted through the skin when it is digested if eaten in large quantities. ...Read more

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Which vitamins or minerals in my diet would make my sweat smell similar to cat urine?

Which vitamins or minerals in my diet would make my sweat smell similar to cat urine?

Best way to find out: Is stop all; make sure smell is gone, then add them back one at a time. ...Read more

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How can I get ride of armpit body odor? I want to have sweat that doesn't smell. I used to sweat without smell a few years ago. On 20 mg zyprexa now.

How can I get ride of armpit body odor? I want to have sweat that doesn't smell. I used to sweat without smell a few years ago. On 20 mg zyprexa now.

Sweat leads to smell: Any surface of our body that is warm, dark, and wet. . . is going to smell eventually. But there is no such thing as dry and smelly. If the typical aluminum antiperspirants aren't working, add other ingredients like alkyl benzoate which kills bacteria. Forget the hype about clinical strength (20% aluminum). The TYPE of Al matters most which is ZIRCONIUM. Hope the olanzapine works well for you. ...Read more

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I've had a body odor problem since my early teens every year it gets worse now I'm 26 and I have bad BO. My feet, armpits, groin, and feet all sweat and smell so bad even after a bath. Please help?

I've had a body odor problem since my early teens every year it gets worse now I'm 26 and I have bad BO. My feet, armpits, groin, and feet all sweat and smell so bad even after a bath. Please help?

Body odor: Body odor is very much affected by our diet. Medications and stress can also change it. Staying well hydrated with pure water. Eating a 'clean' diet (avoid fast foods, pre-packaged products, preservatives, excessive red meat) and regularly exercising will help reduce unnatural body odor. ...Read more

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I have a white-ish discharge that smells like vinegar. What does this mean?

I have a white-ish discharge that smells like vinegar. What does this mean?

It means: You may have an infection, therefore I would go in and be examined. ...Read more

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My sweat is recently smelling like vinegar, its annoying I keep washing my body all the time. So what coukd couse that?

Many possibilities.: Sweat can smell like whatever you have been eating. Some vitamins and medications can do it too. Or if you have diabetes, that can do it. Certain types of bacteria can also break down sweat into proprionic acid, which has a similar structure to Acetic Acid (the acid found in vinegar). If dietary change and stopping/changing medications doesn't solve the problem, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do my cuts (selfharm) smell like 'vinegar'?

Why do my cuts (selfharm) smell like 'vinegar'?

I am not sure?: Any signs of infection? Signs of infection can include: increased swelling, redness, tenderness, ^ pain, warmth, red streaks, purulent drainage, swollen lymph nodes or fever. Medical evaluation may be warranted. What help are receiving for your cutting? ...Read more

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My baby breath smells like vinegar. What does this indicate?

My baby breath smells like vinegar. What does this indicate?

Vinegar smell: Check with his/her pediatrician for workup to rule out metabolic/endocrine abnormality, such as diabetes, especially if it runs in the family. ...Read more

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Is there a way to reduce propionic acid, or sweat smelling like vinegar?

Body odor: Body odor is caused by the bacteria breakdown of sweat. Most medications cause the reduction of sweat. There is over the counter topical certaindri, topical prescription drysol and 3% topical glycopyrrolate. There is the oral medication Robinul but there are side effects. Also Botox injections reduce sweat. One can treat the bacteria by topical antibiotics. See you local dermatologist for help. ...Read more

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Does venlafaxine XR really expire? If the bottle of pills begins to smell like vinegar, is this a sign of expiry?

Does venlafaxine XR really expire? If the bottle of pills begins to smell like vinegar, is this a sign of expiry?

Yes..: All drugs really expire at some point. I would definitely consider them expired or past their prime if they smell like vinegar- that's not normal! In general you should practice not taking pills that have already expired- to avoid getting sick and because they may not be as effective. ...Read more

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Kirkland Aller-tec (Zyrtec/cetrizine) bottle smells like vinegar? Is it expired???

Kirkland Aller-tec (Zyrtec/cetrizine) bottle smells like vinegar? Is it expired???

Return to Kirkland: Our nose helps us to sense spoilage. Although some medications do emit some chemical scent, a strong vinegar odor suggests that the product might have been contaminated (chemical or moisture). Return the bottle to Kirkland. ...Read more

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Why does my friend profusely sweat while eating vinegar?

Vinegar & Sweating: It very well could be a type of sensetivity or allergy. As long as there is no difficulty breatihng, swallowing, shortness of breath, lip swelling, chest pain...I would not be too concerned. To test this theory, one could try a course of OTC allergy med for a week and try the vinegar again ansee what happens. If no sweating on the allergy med, most likely type of allergic reaction. ...Read more

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How can you cover up both the bad smell and taste of vinegar when it's used in salad dressings?

Vinegar: Vinegar is acetic acid, it naturally has a tart and acidic tast. Mixing well with oil and spices is the most common way to modify the tartness. ...Read more

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When your water breaks does it have a slight oder? Which sort of smells like salt and vinegar chips

When your water breaks does it have a slight oder? Which sort of smells like salt and vinegar chips

Ruptured membranes: Indeed. Comically, I tell my girls to put a small jar of pickles in their bag. If their water breaks in a public place, say the grocery store or post office, throw and smash the jar of pickles and as they send people to clean up, quietly leave the store unnoticed in all the fuss. ...Read more

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If I garlic, onion, cabbage & vinegar based food, my pee will smell just like those things I mentioned for a day or so. Can you tell me why? Worried!

If I garlic, onion, cabbage & vinegar based food, my pee will smell just like those things I mentioned for a day or so. Can you tell me why? Worried!

That is normal...: What you smelled is entirely normal and expected because not all the ingredients of what you consumed will be metabolized to become odorless, but freely filtered through the kidneys leading to the smell you reported. That will not hurt you; do not worry about it. To testify such, you may stop consuming these kinds of foods for 1 week and see if the offensive odor may fade. Best wish... ...Read more