Swell smell

I have an extremely developed sense of smell and am easily bothered by other people’s body odor. Unfortunately, having chronic lymphatic leukemia has changed my body odor. I need to take extra measures in order not to be bothering others (and myself) with unpleasant scents.

Chronic disease often comes accompanied by body odor. Bromhidrosis is the yucky smell which is produced by bacteria on the skin that break acids in your sweat. Excessive sweating is a condition called hyperhidrosis, if you have stinky feet you suffer from bromodosis. Bad breath or halitosis is self-explanatory. All of us have to deal with bothersome odors once in a while.

When you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you sweat excessively without physical need of regulating your temperature. The basic advice for people suffering from unpleasant body odors is having a daily hot shower and using antibacterial soaps, especially under the armpits and for their feet. (Make sure you scrub your toenails as well). Use roll-on deodorant, because it is more helpful against heavy perspiring and check the amount of aluminum chloride it contains, because this is what increases the effect. Wear clean clothes which are washed regularly and use natural fibers like cotton, silk, linen and wool. If you are cold, wear several layers and get rid of them one by one when you it is getting warmer.

Avoid spicy food … we all know about the benefits of garlic when dealing with vampires, but it is not advantageous when meeting normal people. Botox and surgery are your last resorts when managing excessive sweating. Be aware that not only spicy food, but also alcohol and your medication can change your body odor.

Use an antibacterial spray for sour shoes and talc for your feet. Body talc is a good solution for warmer climates as I have come to realize in Southern Europe. A simple remedy against halitosis is taking zinc. It does not only improve your immune system, but also makes your breath less stale. Chewing gum, sprays and regular dental hygiene as well as thorough teeth (and tongue) brushing after each meal help as well.

Fever has an impact on your body odor and makes you sweat more. Hormonal changes during puberty and menopause can cause nocturnal perspiration. Leukemia can do so as well, which means that I have to be extra careful when buying the right kind of nighties.

Diabetes causes a fruity, sweet smell reminding of nail polish, kidney disease makes your sweat smell like bleach and liver diseases make breath fishy, schizophrenic people have a balsamico vinegar sweat. Even cancer seems to have a distinctive smell. Doctors think that dogs and fruit flies could be used in order to detect illness early on.

When I was diagnosed with leukemia I wondered whether mosquitos would avoid me from now on as my blood might not be tasty anymore. Too bad, but they don’t! Dr. George Preti of the Philadelphia Monell Chemical Senses Institute believes a certain “cancer scent” exists. I do my best to get rid of it!

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