February 4, 2002
The Good Side of Body Odor
Smells can signal disease
(HealthDayNews) -- Body odor may not be mealtime conversation, but to those who have a trained nose, it can help diagnose disease.
Here are a few examples, courtesy of the journal, Cutis:
- Tuberculosis produces a body odor that smells like stale beer.
- Vitamin C deficiency -- scurvy -- causes a putrid odor.
- Burns have a musty, grape-like odor.
- Ketoacidosis, which may result from diabetes, smells like old apples.
- Liver failure smells like rotten eggs.
- Kidney failure has the smell of ammonia.