What do armpits usually smell like?

When bacteria break down sweat, they form products called thioalcohols, which have aromas comparable to those of sulfur, onions or meat. Foul-smelling armpits occur when bacteria break down skin sweat that would otherwise be odorless. One of the most common causes is diabetes, also known as the silent killer. Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition in which the body cannot produce enough insulin or use it well enough to regulate blood sugar levels.

When you have diabetes, your glucose levels are too high. If your blood sugar level is poorly controlled, you develop something called ketoacidosis, which not only produces a strange smell like that of an old fruit bowl, but also a characteristic body odor. You should get checked right away if this happens to you. It's no joke and no, you can't wait until next week.

If regular deodorant makes your skin itchy or burns, the natural route of deodorants may be your best bet to combat armpit odor. It makes me feel very uncomfortable with people because I automatically think they can smell me and they think I'm not hygienic when I actually shower and have sprayed deodorant on myself. In the past six months I noticed that my armpits smell really bad, but a few months later I noticed that my stools smell exactly the same. Please, I need your help because my armpit smells really bad, no matter how I showered and the types of deodorants I used.

So, if you notice that your sweat goes from smelling like ammonia to smelling like fish, for example, it could be because different foods cause different effects when they mix with bacteria in your body.

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