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Why Does My Sweat Smell Like Vinegar When I Wake Up
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
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
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
Propionic acid: It is present in sweat and chemically similar to Acetic Acid (vinegar). ...Read more
For about a month now I've noticed that y sweat smells really sour like vinegar. Is this normal? What could cause this?
My husband has sweats really bad in the night where he is dripping wet and so is the bed. The sweat also smells like vinegar is this normal?
Not normal: He needs to get checked. Tell doctor he has 'night sweats'. ...Read more
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
Sometimes I sweat a lot at night while I'm asleep, often waking me up and my missus says it smells like vinegar, should I be worried?
Many causes: It could be caused by food you're eating. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
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
Have a body odor I cannot smell myself people comment on stinky feet, popcorn smell, vinegar, dirty socks. Going on for years. Please help desperate.
I presume that you shower at least every morning before you go out.
If there is still a troubling odor please see your doctor for evaluation and advice. ...Read more
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
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
Sweat can smell very bad - sorry!
Please contact your primary doctor for further advice - he/she will be able to help you! ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Garlic, particularly, is excreted through the skin when it is digested if eaten in large quantities. ...Read more
Best way to find out: Is stop all; make sure smell is gone, then add them back one at a time. ...Read more
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
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
It means: You may have an infection, therefore I would go in and be examined. ...Read more
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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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
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
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
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
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
Yes: If in doubt don't use it, get another one ...Read more
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
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
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