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7 Odors Caused by Health Problems

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Sometimes bodily odor can just be a case of bad hygiene, but other times it can suggest a certain health issue coming on, according to Business Insider. The resource noted that “sickness does actually have a unique odor” and you can generally tell if someone is fighting an illness from his or her scent.

The smell is caused by an increased immune response in your body, though you may not be able to consciously recognize the smell yourself (as opposed to those around you). Business Insider also noted there are different smells for different health problems, from viruses to more serious diseases. Here are seven health issues that may be related to your scent…

 

1. Scrofula (Tuberculosis)

According to a 2014 report in the Flavour and Fragrance Journal, an infectious disease called scrofula (classified as tuberculosis of the neck) emits a “fermentative odor similar to stale beer”. Scrofula affects the glands in the neck, which is especially common in children.

The condition is also called struma, and can be traced to unpasteurized milk from infected cows. So if your child smells a bit like they’ve been sneaking sips of your beer, you may want to get them checked over by a physician.

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