Doctor Zakharova: these smells signal health problems – from diabetes to Parkinson's disease

Doctor Zakharova: These odors signal health problems ranging from diabetes to Parkinson's disease

From the stench of your breath to the smell of sweat, smell can be a good indicator what is happening to your health.

Although bad breath can be caused by poor oral hygiene, it can sometimes be indicative of another condition.


“Sometimes the breath is described as smelling like acetone (think nail polish). This may be a sign of a serious underlying condition, namely diabetes. Less common symptoms include feeling tired, weight loss, poor wound healing, recurring or long-term infections such as thrush and boils,” family doctor Tatyana Zakharova says specifically for MedicForum.

Kidneys and Liver

< br>If your breath smells like ammonia, consider getting testedfor kidney problems, as ammonia is normally excreted in the urine.

The smell of rotten eggs and garlic means that your liver is out of order. But sometimes bad breath is due to a buildup of bacteria caused by leftover food particles.


This type of bad breath is easily eliminated by brushing your teeth daily with an electronic toothbrush and using dental floss.

Regarding sweaty armpits, Zakharova said that “sweat doesn't smell,” it's a “bacteria buildup” that leads to bad breath. body odor. Some people are more prone to sweating than others, which puts them at an increased risk of developing fungal infections.


“Sometimes under stress or at certain stages in our lives, such as puberty or menopause, there can be a more noticeable change in body odor,” Zakharova said.
Body odor can also be affected by what you eat, so if you enjoyed pizza with onions and garlic the night before, your underarms may smell the same way too.

As with bad breath, if your sweat smells like acetone, suspect diabetes, and kidney or liver disease may cause a change in sweat odor.

Sometimes it's the doctor's fault; the medicine they gave you may be excreted in body fluids, including sweat. People who have a sinus infection or nasal polyps may also notice a bad smell.

“Infections in the tonsils, and in particular tonsil stones, can cause a bad smell in the nose.”

Disease Parkinson's disease

One very interesting phenomenon is phantosmia. This is the perception of an unpleasant odor in the nose, when in fact there is nothing there. This has been described as an early symptom of Parkinson's disease.

Most of the time, these symptoms are mild and easily explained by causes.

“However, the bottom line is that any persistent symptoms should require further medical attention,” – doctor advises.

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